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  • Moshe Katsav, 8th President of Israel
    Moshe Katsav (Hebrew: משה קצב ‎, born Mūsā Qasāb, Persian: موسى (قصاب, on 5 December 1945) is an Israeli former politician  who was the eighth President of Israel from 2000 to 2007. He was also a leadi...
  • 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...
  • Yossi Banai (1932 - 2006)
    Yossi Banai (יוסי בנאי) (November 5, 1932 – May 11, 2006) was an Israeli performer, singer, actor, and dramatist. Biography Banai was born in Jerusalem, and grew up in the neighborhood of the Mahane Ye...

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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, 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.


Notable Persian Jews

Biblical

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

Pre-modern era

  1. Shoushandokht – Sassanian queen consort
  2. Masarjawaih - 7th century Persian Jewish Physician
  3. Benjamin Nahawandi – Medieval Karaite scholar of the early Middle Ages
  4. Mashallah ibn Athari - 8th century Persian astrologer and astronomer
  5. Sa'ad al-Dawla – Physician, Grad Vizier of Ilkhan Persia
  6. Rashid al-Din Hamadani – Doctor, statesman, writer, and historian
  7. Molana Shahin Shirazi – 14th century Persian poet

Religion

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

Politics and military

  1. • David Alliance, Baron Alliance – Iranian born British businessman and a Liberal Democrat politician
  2. • Michael Ben-Ari – Israeli politician and current member of the Knesset
  3. • Eitan Ben Eliyahu – Former Major General in the Israeli Defense Forces
  4. • Jimmy Delshad – Former two-term mayor of Beverly Hills
  5. • Dan Halutz – Former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces
  6. • Shemouel Haim – Former Jewish member of the Majlis of Iran
  7. • Lutfallah Hay – Former Jewish member of the Majlis of Iran
  8. Shamsi Hekmat – Women's rights activist, founder of Iranian Jewish Women's Organization and deputy secretary general of the Women's Organization of Iran
  9. • Anna Kaplan - Councilwoman, Town of North Hempstead
  10. • Shaul Mofaz – Former Israeli Minister of Defense, currently the chairman of the Kadima Party in the Knesset
  11. • Siamak Moreh Sedgh – Jewish member of the Majlis of Iran
  12. • Maurice Motamed – Former Jewish member of the Majlis of Iran
  13. • David Nahai – Former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  14. • Abie Nathan – Humanitarian and peace activist
  15. Manouchehr Elyassi – Former Jewish member of the Majlis
  16. Loghman Nehoray – longtime Jewish member of the Majlis of Iran
  17. Moshe Katsav – Former President of Israel
  18. • Haroun Yashayaei – Chairman of the board of the Tehran Jewish Committee and leader of Iran's Jewish Community
  19. • Mordechai Zar – Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset

Science and academia

  1. • Shaul Bakhash – Professor of Iranian studies at George Mason University
  2. • Aaron Cohen-Gadol – Neurosurgeon
  3. • Farshid Delshad – Historical-Comparative Linguistics in German
  4. • Avshalom Elitzur – Physicist and philosopher
  5. Soleiman Haim – Iranian lexicographer, translator, playwright and essayist, often called "Iran's Father of the bilingual dictionary".
  6. Habib Levy – Iranian Jewish Historian
  7. Rabi Moshfegh Hamadani – Political journalist and writer, editor in chief of Keyhan
  8. Hakim Nour Mahmoud Nehoray – Doctor at the Qajar court
  9. • Amnon Netzer – Professor of the history and culture of Iranian Jews
  10. • Samuel Rahbar – Discoverer of HbA1C
  11. • David B. Samadi – Expert in robotic oncology
  12. • Homa Sarshar –
  13. Rouhollah Sapir – Physician

Business and economics


  1. • J. Darius Bikoff – Founder and CEO of Energy Brands
  2. Habibollah Elghanayan – Prominent businessman executed by the Islamic Republic
  3. • Ghermezian family – Billionaire shopping mall developers
  4. • Neil Kadisha – Businessman
  5. • Nasser David Khalili – Billionaire property developer and art collector
  6. • Isaac Larian – Chief Executive Officer of MGA Entertainment
  7. Justin Mateen – co-founder and former chief marketing officer of Tinder dating app
  8. • David Merage – Co-founder of Hot Pockets snack food company
  9. • Paul Merage – Co-founder of Hot Pockets snack food company
  10. Nazarian Family - Prominent Iranian-American entrepreneur family
  11. Fred Ohebshalom – Founder of Empire Management Real Estate
  12. • Joseph Parnes – Investment Advisor
  13. • Sean Rad –
  14. • Nouriel Roubini – Economist
  15. Ben Shaoul – Co-founder of Magnum Real Estate Group
  16. • Joel Simkhai - Founder and CEO of Grindr
  17. • Robert Tchenguiz – Co-chairman of Rotch Property Group
  18. • Vincent Tchenguiz – Chairman of Consensus Business Group
  19. • Eli Zelikha –

Art and entertainment

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

Athletics

  1. • Soleyman Binafard – Wrestler
  2. • Janet Kohan-Sedgh – Track and field athlete