Transcendental Music

Persian music has always been a main staple in my life drawing me into its unique melodies and vibrant tunes authentic to the Middle East. Yet, over the years my taste in Persian music has evolved to include various artists which best represents my cultural roots.  Classical Persian music is among my favorites, combining ancient… Read more »

Wine Making Flourishes in Israel

Roni Saslove has spearheaded the art of wine making, however it was not until late last month that I even discovered who she was or Israel’s robust wine industry. Yet, why wouldn’t I? In addition to its fashion scene and countless Startups, Israel has also pioneered the food and wine culture. With countless restaurants serving… Read more »

Crossing Borders

As a Persian-American I am often caught between my Persian identity and American ideology. However, thanks to my cultural ties and diverse viewpoints I’ve learned to embrace both. Yet, over the years, I’ve grown a stronger affinity toward my native country. Politics aside, Iran remains one of the richest countries in the Middle East due… Read more »

Israeli Jeweler Goes International

The fashion industry in Israel has boomed over the past decade, providing countless designers a platform to share their vision and inspiration. This in turn has not only brought international recognition to the artists but also to Israel. HotCrown Jewelry owned my Ginat and Yisgav Moyal is a prime example. With over twelve thousand likes… Read more »

Balancing Culture and Faith

I am always eager to learn about other cultures that compose the Jewish faith, and after interviewing Britt Wolff on what life was like growing up as a Mexican-Jew, I was hungry to learn more! Luckily, I didn’t have to search very far before discovering Mamie Dayan. A Syrian-Jew from Macon-Georgia?  I met Mamie at… Read more »

We Have Mexican Jews?

Growing up in the South as a Persian-Jew was anything but easy, but it also stirred my interest in learning more about other cultures and religions. I was constantly asked questions about my identity and was curious to know if others shared  similar experiences.  The more I conversed with people, the more I realized how… Read more »

Why Stand in Solidarity?

It didn’t take long for thousands to stand in solidarity with victims of the  Orlando terror attack, targeting the LGBT community. Countless individuals took to social media honoring the victims and their loved ones. Yet what happened to the  LGBT community when the  media shifted its attention? Did they receive a shift in support, only to see it plummet back down? What  are some challenges they continue to face? In… Read more »

Iran or I-ran?

What unites Persian-Americans? Is it their  unwavering commitment to age-old customs? Their strong pride in their identity? Or perhaps their deep sense of nostalgia for Iran? Whatever the reason,  it seems culture plays a big part. Yet what does this mean exactly?  May the be Persian Jews, Muslims, Christians, or Bahai’ , each segment of the population continues to practice their traditions regardless… Read more »

What is Oshima Tsumugi?

As a Millennial, I am always amazed by how my generation continues to create a world within their own image. Yet, what does this mean? Does it involve protesting? Being rebellious and outspoken? Or just finding a niche to fulfill? In a way, it is all those things, and much more. While we won’t see Millennials fighting for higher wages, we will… Read more »

Pioneering Israel’s Fashion Scene

Every country has its own sense of fashion and Israel is no exception. Known for its laid back atmosphere and scenic beaches its safe to say that the country’s trends are heavily influenced by its rich landscapes and diverse cultures. This in combination with the emergence of high end Israeli designers and fashion boutiques has made Israel a mecca for fashion journalists and  bloggers. Karen… Read more »

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  • Transcendental Music

    Persian music has always been a main staple in my life drawing me into its unique melodies and vibrant tunes authentic to the Middle East. Yet, over the years my taste in Persian music has evolved to include various artists which best represents my cultural roots.  Classical Persian music is among my favorites, combining ancient… Read more »

  • Wine Making Flourishes in Israel

    Roni Saslove has spearheaded the art of wine making, however it was not until late last month that I even discovered who she was or Israel’s robust wine industry. Yet, why wouldn’t I? In addition to its fashion scene and countless Startups, Israel has also pioneered the food and wine culture. With countless restaurants serving… Read more »

  • Crossing Borders

    As a Persian-American I am often caught between my Persian identity and American ideology. However, thanks to my cultural ties and diverse viewpoints I’ve learned to embrace both. Yet, over the years, I’ve grown a stronger affinity toward my native country. Politics aside, Iran remains one of the richest countries in the Middle East due… Read more »

  • Israeli Jeweler Goes International

    The fashion industry in Israel has boomed over the past decade, providing countless designers a platform to share their vision and inspiration. This in turn has not only brought international recognition to the artists but also to Israel. HotCrown Jewelry owned my Ginat and Yisgav Moyal is a prime example. With over twelve thousand likes… Read more »

  • Balancing Culture and Faith

    I am always eager to learn about other cultures that compose the Jewish faith, and after interviewing Britt Wolff on what life was like growing up as a Mexican-Jew, I was hungry to learn more! Luckily, I didn’t have to search very far before discovering Mamie Dayan. A Syrian-Jew from Macon-Georgia?  I met Mamie at… Read more »

  • We Have Mexican Jews?

    Growing up in the South as a Persian-Jew was anything but easy, but it also stirred my interest in learning more about other cultures and religions. I was constantly asked questions about my identity and was curious to know if others shared  similar experiences.  The more I conversed with people, the more I realized how… Read more »

  • Why Stand in Solidarity?

    It didn’t take long for thousands to stand in solidarity with victims of the  Orlando terror attack, targeting the LGBT community. Countless individuals took to social media honoring the victims and their loved ones. Yet what happened to the  LGBT community when the  media shifted its attention? Did they receive a shift in support, only to see it plummet back down? What  are some challenges they continue to face? In… Read more »

  • Iran or I-ran?

    What unites Persian-Americans? Is it their  unwavering commitment to age-old customs? Their strong pride in their identity? Or perhaps their deep sense of nostalgia for Iran? Whatever the reason,  it seems culture plays a big part. Yet what does this mean exactly?  May the be Persian Jews, Muslims, Christians, or Bahai’ , each segment of the population continues to practice their traditions regardless… Read more »

  • What is Oshima Tsumugi?

    As a Millennial, I am always amazed by how my generation continues to create a world within their own image. Yet, what does this mean? Does it involve protesting? Being rebellious and outspoken? Or just finding a niche to fulfill? In a way, it is all those things, and much more. While we won’t see Millennials fighting for higher wages, we will… Read more »

  • Pioneering Israel’s Fashion Scene

    Every country has its own sense of fashion and Israel is no exception. Known for its laid back atmosphere and scenic beaches its safe to say that the country’s trends are heavily influenced by its rich landscapes and diverse cultures. This in combination with the emergence of high end Israeli designers and fashion boutiques has made Israel a mecca for fashion journalists and  bloggers. Karen… Read more »