Tehran Jewish Committee

The Tehran Jewish Committee, formally registered in 1934, is an umbrella group of Jewish organizations that work on behalf of the Persian Jews in Iran.[1][2]

History edit

Tehran Jewish Committee started in 1270 A.H. from a group of Jewish leaders in Tehran. It started with the name "Hebra" which is Hebrew for committee, then changed to "Committee of Jewish school" (Bet Sefer) and in 1317 A.H. it changed its name to "Tehran Jewish Committee". One year later it officially registered. The first board included : Loghman Neoharai, Enayatollah Montakhab, Abdullah Golshan, Morteza Moallem, Zia Nehourai, Aziz Elghanian, Yehouda Harounian, Eshagh Barukhim, Rohallah Ben Rouhi, Lalezar Safani, Effeni Famili.[3]

Activities edit

Taking care of 25 Synagogues, Kheirkhah hospital in Oudlajan (historic Jewish neighborhood), Jewish elderly care, Jewish cemetery in Khorasan Road, Kosher slaughterhouse, Bakery for Pesach holiday in Tehran no road and many schools and sports centers are among the activities of the Tehran Jewish Committee. In addition, Tehran Jewish Committee has created a Jewish legal authority which rules on Jewish matters.

Current status edit

Rahmatollah Raffi is the present chairman of the board of the Tehran Jewish Committee preceded by Siamak Moreh Sedgh who is currently the Jewish Representative to the Iranian Senate. Dr. Moresadegh was preceded by Haroun Yashayaei.[4][5] On January 26, 2007, Yashayaei's letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concerning his Holocaust denial comments brought about worldwide media attention.[6][7][8] The Dr. Sapir Hospital and Charity Center is funded through the Tehran Jewish Committee.[9] It is a charity hospital catering to hundreds of patients in need regardless of their faith or religious affiliation.

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References edit

  1. ^ IRANIAN JEWS Iran Jewish
  2. ^ The Jewish Society in Iran Archived 2008-01-09 at the Wayback Machine World Council of Churches
  3. ^ "انجمن کلیمیان تهران". www.7dorim.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-11.
  4. ^ [1] Kashrut Authorities in Iran and Around the World
  5. ^ Report of Iranian President’s visit from Yousef-Abad Synagogue, Tehran Iran Jewish
  6. ^ Iran: Jewish Leader Criticizes President For Holocaust Denial Radio Free Europe
  7. ^ Iran’s Jews uneasy over Holocaust-denier Ahmadinejad Daily Times
  8. ^ On the Jewish Presence in Iranian History Archived 2008-10-18 at the Wayback Machine Monthly Review
  9. ^ Iranian Jews Say Republic Safe for Them ABC News