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Negotiating Between the Hyphen: A Quantitative Study of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles
By Ziba Golshan
Iranian Jews are one of the largest immigrant populations residing in Los Angeles. Since the first mass of Iranian immigrants arrived to the United States during the Islamic Revolution in 1979, they have experienced different stages of acculturation and assimilation. They encounter challenges of integrating to the host culture or maintaining traditions from their birth country. For those who are born outside of Iran may also face a conflict of identity. This exploratory study is a quantitative inquiry into these acculturation and assimilation patterns of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles.
The instruments used in this study include a survey questionnaire, cross-generational focus group and individual interviews. The questionnaire exists in two languages, English and Farsi. This examination of the trends and patterns of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles is beneficial to the Iranian Jewish community, its agencies and the American Jewish community. Identifying and understanding how the community classifies itself among the larger population can help prepare future generations.
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Golshan, Ziba. Negotiating Between the Hyphen: A Quantitative Study of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). May 2005: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12818
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