JGS of Greater Miami
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
This is the last meeting of the season and features Dr. Marsha B.
Cohen speaking on =93Jews in Modern Iran.=94
Immediately following the lecture there will be a Luncheon for members
For the Early Birds, there will be a 9:30 a.m. session for members to
assist members with their brick walls.
Dr. Cohen is an independent scholar, news analyst, and writer in Miami,
FL, specializing in the role of religion in politics and world affairs.
A Lecturer in International Relations at Florida International University
for over a decade, she currently teaches lifelong learning and adult
education courses. Her articles are published regularly on Inter Press
Service's Lobe Log and other online venues.
Tens of thousands of Iranian Jews emigrated to the U.S. Israel and
Europe, both before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Nevertheless, Iran's Jewish community remains one of the largest in the
Middle East, second only in size to Israel's. According to the Tehran
Jewish Committee between 25,000-35,000 remain in Iran, most in the
capital of Tehran but also several thousand others in the major cities
of Shiraz,Hamadan, Kermanshah and Yazd, as well as smaller communities.
There are 60 active synagogues, fifteen of them in the capital city of
Tehran, which also has ten kosher butchers and three kosher restaurants.
As a small but recognized religious minority, Iran's Jews elect their own
representative to the 290 member Iranian majlis (Parliament). The current
Jewish parliamentarian, Dr. Ciamak Morsadegh, accompanied Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani on his visit to New York in Sept. 2013, and told CNN in an
interview "step by step, our problems are being solved. Today, our condition
is better than yesterday. And today, our condition is much better than 10
years or 20 years ago."
In a special presentation for the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Greater Miami, Dr. Marsha B. Cohen will explore the complex modern
history of Iran's Jews since the early 20th century, the challenges they face,
and why, although so many have, others choose to stay. She will also
discuss some of the resources available for researching family history in Iran
and surrounding countries where Judeo-Persian languages were spoken.
Members are requested to RSVP to ymillman.jgs@....