Jewish and Persian Connections Mission

In response to statements emanating from the Middle East regarding nuclear threat to both the Jewish and Persian peoples, we seek to project an alternative voice on Jewish- Persian relations that disseminates knowledge about the historical and cultural ties between these two peoples, fosters friendship and openings for creative exchange, and contributes to the identity of adults and children of mixed Jewish and Persian ancestry.

Seeking Your Personal Stories and Intellectual Contributions!

Please submit your personal writings on the following topics:
a) Relationships between Persians and Jews
b) Raising a Persian Jewish child
C) Historical and/or current affairs between Persians and Jews/ Iran and Israel
D) Current Debate: Is the current conflict between Iran and Israel inherently tied into the Israeli- Palestinian conflict?

All submissions welcome including poetry, links and other recommendations. Please email any submissions to Authors are responsible for providing respectful, factually accurate, and fully citated submissions as a pre-requisite for inclusion. Articles should be a minimum of 2 paragraphs in length up to a maximum of 10 pages. Please use proper citation when referencing another writer or speaker. Assume no specific religious knowledge and explain all references to any religions. Translate all non-English words used, including Farsi, Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino or Yiddish. Writers wishing to anonymously post may use their first name only. Please send all submissions to All information outside of your submission will remain strictly confidential including your email and contact information. Thank you for your contributions!

Friday, May 4, 2007

There's Nothing Special About an Israeli and an Iranian Being Friends

Here's the deal; there's nothing special about my friendship with Shab (Shabnam). Sure she's Iranian and I'm Israeli but we met at a yoga class. We talk about girl stuff, our husbands, work, motherhood and even more often, food and diet. I never befriended an Iranian I befriended Shab ( and then her husband ). I'm not ignorant and I'm sure I'm just as much of a bigot as the next person, but I never cared that Shab is Iranian.

I didn't have an opinion about Iranians before I met Shab and her husband. They're both very impressive people. I know that their families left Iran after the Islamic revolution and that brings another topic to my mind. It seems that people who have had to flea their country and rebuild their lives elsewhere are naturally very resourceful and smart. So I'm a bit prejudiced about Iranians now.