JAPS: Jewish American Persian Women and Their Hybrid Identity in America

By Saba Tova Soomekh

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Fall 2010

A large community of Iranian Jews has been living in Los Angeles for more than twenty-five years and while the community has maintained its insularity, the children of Iranian-Jewish immigrants were born or have grown up in Los Angeles. Thus, unlike their parents, a majority of the children only know life in America. Most only know Iran through the romanticized stories of their parents and elder family members. They do not live in the same physical space or the same sociocultural landscape of their parents' youth, and few of them are able to read and write Persian. Yet, Iranian--Jewish culture is a major aspect of their lives. Given these sometimes competing cultural forces, first-generation Iranian Jews have learned how to balance multiple identities--those of an American, a Jew, and an Iranian.

Topic: Persian Jews, Socioeconomic Status, Culture, Consumerism, Ethnicity, Family, Sexuality, Iran, Assimilation, Values

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Fall 2010

Page Number(s): 30-32

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Soomekh, Saba Tova. JAPS: Jewish American Persian Women and Their Hybrid Identity in America. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Fall 2010: 30-32. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11999


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