Iranian Jewish Culture Website # announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen


A website has a 3-D tour in Farsi and English- not easy to navigate --as a home for Iranian Jewish heritage. Yousef Setareh-Shenas, nearly 15 years ago created the Persian-language online forum to preserve Iranian Jewish history. The site now contains nearly 40,000 photos, 400 biographies of prominent Iranians Jews, panoramic photos of all of Iran’s total 110 operational and defunct synagogues as well as photos of important Jewish sites like the tombs of Esther and Mordechai.


Likewise the site contains thousands of individual photos of Jewish headstones from Jewish cemeteries in Tehran and other Iranian cities. The site contains hundreds of pages about the community’s 2,700 year history as well as nearly 300 individual videos of Jewish sites throughout Iran, as well as interviews of older Iranian Jews speaking the older Judeo-Persian languages from their respective cities.


Iranian Jewish community leaders estimate that nearly 40,000 Iranian Jews live in Southern California, about 25,000 live in New York, roughly 100,00 Jews of full or partial Iranian origin live in Israel and only 5,000 to 8,000 Jews remain in Iran.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee