web analytics
March 30, 2015 / 10 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Group Of Iranian Jews Gather For First-Ever Meeting

In the wake of a recent upsurge in violence that swept across Iran following last month’s presidential elections, a group of Jews and their descendents from the city of Mashad in Iran’s northeast gathered in Jerusalem for the first ever meeting of the Global Mashadi Jewish Federation.


With Mashadi Jews spread all across the globe, but with one of the largest concentrations found in Israel, the meeting at Sheraton Plaza Hotel attracted over 200 people from the Mashadi community. Participants ranged in age from seven month to those well into their late 80’s.


A Jewish demographic with a centuries old history, the Jews of Mashad have faced multiple persecutions and forced conversions in the 19th century that Mashadi leaders say encouraged inseparable bonds between community members that remain today, long after their exile from Iran.


“Our community’s strength was our unity throughout an often difficult past,” said Avi Betzaleli, president of the Central Board of Jewish Mashadi Community in Israel. “Our unity as a congregation has protected us from all crises and only through that have we been able to protect our Jewish culture both in hiding and for the world to see.”


It was suggested at the conference that Bahman Kamali be the first president of the Federation for the upcoming two years, but Kamali declined, saying that he wanted to build the federation from the “bottom up and not the top down.”


Bahman Kamali, proposed to be the Federation’s President and organizer of the program, used his remarks to call on his fellow Mashadi Jews to reaffirm their traditions saying, “It is our commitment to our distinct traditions and way of life that has always sustained us.  In the face of the assimilation that has affected world Jewry in large numbers, we must be determined to do all in our power to minimize that trend within our own community.”


The conference was also attended by the president of the Board of Mashadis in Milan, Efri Levy. Levy, the first Mashadi Jew born in Milan, said he is looking forward to bringing the 200 family community in Milan closer together with other Mashadis around the world. “Our youth need to feel connected to other Mashadi youth – developing ways of keeping them linked will be a key goal of our federation.”


With conference attendees coming from a wide variety of international destinations including the US, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Israel, the day featured sessions in English, Hebrew as well as Farsi, a language spoken by all the emigrants from Mashad and many of their children.  “Despite all that separates us from returning to our native Iran and how current events make us feel much more alienated,” said Kamali, “this conference has enabled us to come together once again, and it is that sense of unity that we will always cherish.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Group Of Iranian Jews Gather For First-Ever Meeting”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Former PM Ehud Olmert at Tel Aviv District Court hears his sentence on May 13, 2014. (archive)
Ehud Olmert Found Guilty of Fraud in ‘Talansky Affair’
Latest Sections Stories
Neuman-Rabbi-M-Gary

Are we allowed to lie for shalom bayis? It would seem so, but what might be a healthy guideline for when it’s okay and when it’s not?

book-To-Fill-The-Sky-With-Stars

The connection between what I experienced as a high school teenager and the adult I am today did not come easy to me.

Respler-032715

Isn’t therapy about being yourself; aren’t there different ways for people to communicate with each other?

South-Florida-logo

Jack was awarded a blue and gold first-place trophy, appropriately topped off with a golden bee.

Participating in ManiCures during the school day may feel like a break from learning, but the intended message to the students was loud and clear. Learning and chesed come in all forms, and can be fun.

Building campaign chairman Jack Gluck has led the effort over many years.

When using an extension cord always make sure to use the correct rated extension cord.

There was no question that when Mrs. Cohen entered the room to meet the teacher she was hostile from the outset.

Szold was among the founders and leaders (she served on its executive committee) of Ichud (“Unity”), a political group that campaigned against the creation of an independent, sovereign Jewish state in Eretz Yisrael.

My friend is a strong and capable Jewish woman, but she acted with a passivity that seemed out of character.

“If you don’t stand straight, you’ll never get a husband.”

First, sit down with your helpers and a pen and paper and break the jobs down into small parts.

More Articles from Jeremy Wimpfheimer

In the wake of a recent upsurge in violence that swept across Iran following last month’s presidential elections, a group of Jews and their descendents from the city of Mashad in Iran’s northeast gathered in Jerusalem for the first ever meeting of the Global Mashadi Jewish Federation.

The option of doing business with Israeli-based service providers has recently become much easier.

SDEROT, Israel – A small workingclass town lying just a short distance from Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, Sderot is a city filled with residents crying desperately to be heard.

        JERUSALEM – Israeli restaurant owners are well accustomed to the question “Do you have a teuda?” referring to the official certificate deeming all food and food preparation to be kosher in accordance with halacha. Yet, as a result of the efforts of Bema’aglei Tzedek, a Jerusalem based non-profit organization, consumers are now on the […]

The Jewish fascination with Chinese food goes beyond the fact that it tastes good.

Despite commonly held conceptions that athletic prowess and Jews don’t mix, a Jewish fascination and involvement with the world of sports can be traced back throughout the ages.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/group-of-iranian-jews-gather-for-first-ever-meeting/2009/07/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: