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  • David Soesan / Schuschan (1660 - 1724)
    In Amsterdam wonen sinds de 18e eeuw twee families met als naam: SUSAN, SOESAN, SUESAN, SOUSAN en/of SOUSA. De afstammelingen van Salomon Davids SOUSAN, geboren circa 1690 en De afstammelingen va...
  • Joseph Bahary (1926 - 1991)
  • Edmond Bahary (1947 - 1995)
  • Yossi Banai (1932 - 2008)
    Yossi Banai (יוסי בנאי) (November 5, 1932 – May 11, 2006) was an Israeli performer, singer, actor, and dramatist. Biography Banai was born...
  • Moshe Katsav, 8th President of Israel
    Moshe Katsav (Hebrew: משה קצב ‎, born Mūsā Qasāb, Persian: موسى (قصاب,The e...

Persian Jewish Projects on Geni Umbrella Project

Judaism is among the oldest religions practiced in Iran and the Biblical Book of Esther contains references to the experiences of the Jews in Persia. Jews have had a continued presence in Iran since the time of Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire. Cyrus invaded Babylon and freed the Jews from Babylonian captivity.

Today, it is estimated by experts with close connections to the community, that an estimated 20,000 Persian Jews remain in Iran - the majority in Teheran - with much larger diaspora populations living in Israel and the United States, and smaller groups in London, Milan, Hamburg..

The Jewish Encyclopedia estimated that in 1900 there were 35,000 Persian Jews in the world (almost all of whom lived in present-day Iran), although other sources estimate somewhat higher numbers for the same time. On the eve of Israel's independence in 1948, there were, by varying estimates, 100,000-150,000 Jews in Iran with relatively few Persian Jews residing outside the country. Today, there are an estimated 300,000–350,000 Jews of full or partial Persian ancestry living predominantly in Israel, with significant communities in the United States and Iran.

Iran/Persian Jewish Notables

  1. Moses ben Hanoch Medieval Talmudic scholar of Spain. He died about 965.
  2. David Alliance British businessman
  3. Yossi Bania. Singer, performer Ynet '05 Poll #51
  4. Soleyman Binafard Jewish Iranian wrestler
  5. Jimmy Delshad. Geni .Iranian Californian politician
  6. Roya Hakakian, Iranian-American Poet
  7. Moshe Katsav, Israeli president
  8. Rita Kleinstein, Iranian born Israeli singer/actress, known popularly as "Rita"
  9. Janet Kohan-Sedq Iranian track and field athlete
  10. Masarjawaih Early Jewish Physician
  11. Mashallah ibn Athari 8th century Persian astrologer and astronomer
  12. Shaul Mofaz, Israeli Minister of Transportation
  13. Nazarian family, Prominent Iranian-American entrepreneur family
  14. Samuel Rahbar, Iranian-American physician and researcher
  15. Bahar Soomekh. Iranian born American actress
  16. Soleiman Haim, Iranian lexicographer, translator, playwright and essayist, often called "Iran's Father of the bilingual dictionary".

Notable Persian Jews

Biblical

  1. • Daniel
  2. • Esther
  3. • Habakkuk
  4. • Mordechai
  5. • Ezra
  6. • Nehemiah
  7. • Haggai

Pre-modern era

  1. • Benjamin Nahawandi – Karaite scholar of the early Middle Ages
  2. • Mashallah ibn Athari – Persian astrologer and astronomer
  3. • Meulana Shahin Shirazi – Early Persian poet
  4. • Rashid al-Din – Doctor, writer, and historian
  5. • Sa'ad al-Dawla – Physician and statesman
  6. • Muhammad ibn Muhammad Tabrizi - Famous philosopher and translator, converted to Islam.

Religion

  1. • Shmuley Boteach – Famous American Rabbi
  2. • Uriel Davidi – Former chief rabbi of Iran
  3. • Yedidia Shofet – Former chief rabbi of Iran
  4. • Yousef Hamadani Cohen – Former chief rabbi of Iran
  5. • Mashallah Golestani-Nejad - Current chief rabbi of Iran
  6. • HaRav Bakhshi Doron - Previous Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel

Politics and military

  1. • Abie Nathan – Humanitarian and peace activist
  2. • Siamak Moreh Sedgh – Jewish member of the Majlis of Iran
  3. • Dan Halutz – Former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces
  4. • David Alliance, Baron Alliance – Iranian born British businessman and a Liberal Democrat politician
  5. • David Nahai – Former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  6. • Eitan Ben Eliyahu – Former Major General in the Israeli Defence Forces
  7. • Habibollah Asgaroladi – Conservative Iranian politician, leader of the Islamic Coalition Party (convert to Islam)
  8. • Haroun Yashayaei – Chairman of the board of the Tehran Jewish Committee and leader of Iran's Jewish Community
  9. • Jimmy Delshad – Former two-term mayor of Beverly Hills
  10. • Manuchehr Eliasi – Former Jewish member of the Majlis
  11. • Maurice Motamed – Former Jewish member of the Majlis of Iran
  12. • Michael Ben-Ari – Israeli politician and current member of the Knesset
  13. • Mordechai Zar – Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset
  14. • Moshe Katsav – Former President of Israel
  15. • Saeed Emami - Former conservative Deputy Minister of Intelligence (convert to Islam)
  16. • Shaul Mofaz – Former Israeli Minister of Defense, currently the chairman of the Kadima Party in the Knesset
  17. • Anna Kaplan - Councilwoman, Town of North Hempstead

Science and academia

  1. • Amnon Netzer – Professor of the history and culture of Iranian Jews
  2. • Avshalom Elitzur – Physicist and philosopher
  3. • David B. Samadi – Expert in robotic oncology[109]
  4. • Samuel Rahbar – Discoverer of HbA1C
  5. • Shaul Bakhash – Professor of Iranian studies at George Mason University
  6. • Soleiman Haim – Compiled an early and influential Persian language dictionary
  7. • Farshid Delshad – Historical-Comparative Linguistics in German

Business and economics


  1. • J. Darius Bikoff – Founder and CEO of Energy Brands
  2. • Ben Shaoul – Co-founder of Magnum Real Estate Group
  3. • Fred Ohebshalom – Founder of Empire Management Real Estate
  4. • David Merage – Co-founder of Hot Pockets snack food company
  5. • Ghermezian family – Billionaire shopping mall developers
  6. • Habib Elghanian – Prominent businessman executed by the Islamic Republic
  7. • Isaac Larian – Chief Executive Officer of MGA Entertainment
  8. • Joseph Parnes – Investment Advisor
  9. • Nasser David Khalili – Billionaire property developer and art collector
  10. • Neil Kadisha – Businessman
  11. • Nouriel Roubini – Economist
  12. • Paul Merage – Co-founder of Hot Pockets snack food company
  13. • Vincent Tchenguiz – Chairman of Consensus Business Group
  14. • Robert Tchenguiz – Co-chairman of Rotch Property Group
  15. • Nazarian family
  16. • Joel Simkhai - Founder and CEO of Grindr

Art and entertainment

  1. • Adi Nes – Photographer
  2. • Bahar Soomekh – Actress
  3. • Bob Yari – Film producer
  4. • Dalia Sofer – Writer
  5. • Shahram Shiva - Performance Poet
  6. • Dan Ahdoot – Stand-up comedian
  7. • Elham Yaghoubian- Writer
  8. • Elie Tahari – High-end fashion designer[110]
  9. • Gina Nahai – Writer
  10. • Jonathan Ahdout – Actor
  11. • Mor Karbasi – Singer
  12. • Richard Danielpour – Composer
  13. • Rita Jahanforuz, an Israeli pop-star of Persian descent
  14. • Roya Hakakian – Writer
  15. • Shaun Toub – Actor
  16. • Subliminal (rapper) – Israeli hip-hop singer
  17. • Tami Stronach – Choreographer
  18. • Yossi Banai – Israeli performer, singer, and actor

Miscellaneous

  1. • Janet Kohan-Sedq – Track and field athlete
  2. • Menashe Amir – Persian-language broadcaster in Israel
  3. • Soleyman Binafard – Wrestler