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, only 8,756 Persian Jews remain in Iran, with much larger diaspora populations living in Israel and the United States.
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
- Moses ben Hanoch Medieval Talmudic scholar of Spain. He died about 965.
- Yossi Bania. Singer, performer Ynet '05 Poll #51
- Soleyman Binafard Jewish Iranian wrestler
- Jimmy Delshad. Geni .Iranian Californian politician
- Roya Hakakian, Iranian-American Poet
- Moshe Katsav, Israeli president
- Rita Kleinstein, Iranian born Israeli singer/actress, known popularly as "Rita"
- Janet Kohan-Sedq Iranian track and field athlete
- Masarjawaih Early Jewish Physician
- Mashallah ibn Athari 8th century Persian astrologer and astronomer
- Shaul Mofaz, Israeli Minister of Transportation
- Bahar Soomekh. Iranian born American actress
- Soleiman Haim, Iranian lexicographer, translator, playwright and essayist, often called "Iran's Father of the bilingual dictionary".
- Notable Jews of Persia and the Arabian Peninsula Geni Project