Iranian Jews in America: Torn Between Homelands
27-Aug-2010 (2 comments)

It's a sunny Saturday morning in Great Neck, New York, and Larry Bencivenga is taking me on a driving tour. Bencivenga is the head security guard at a local synagogue for Iranian-American Jews.

He tells me that when the Persian Jews emigrated to Great Neck -- a Long Island suburb about thirty minutes by train from Manhattan -- they transformed the community. They built stained-glass synagogues and colossal homes -- "That garage is bigger than my house!" Bencivenga laughs as he points to a mansion -- which has since led to a broader pattern of gentrification in the area as a whole.
"You can tell which homes are Persian because they're made out of brick," Bencivenga tells me. Why brick? "They want them to last forever."

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Hoshang Targol

Danial's masolueum is also in Iran, right?

by Hoshang Targol on

Old age is not helping me, but if I remember correctly ( I must have read it in Farhang Moein) it's also in, or somewhere around Hamadan.



Esther masoleum in Hamedan

by Anonymouse on

Esther's masoleum is in the middle of a bazaar in Hamedan and the photos in this page towards the middle is a good depiction.  The page is about pictures from Hamedan which has a lot of other tourists destination (monuments) as well and the Masoleum is a good one too built with really old architecture.  I've been in it and you have to bend and use gymnastics move to find your way in :-)

Another pic from inside.

Everything is sacred