Iranian Jews Celebrate Bar-Mitzvah in Tehran

Collection with 15 media items created by Alireza Firouzi

17 Jul 2014 10:00

Tehran, Iran

An Iranian-Jewish family celebrates the Bar Mitzvah for their oldest son in Tehran's largest synagogue. Iran has the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel. Today, nearly ten thousand Jews live in Iran. Iran's Jewish community is officially recognized as a religious minority by the government and have their own seat in the Iranian parliament. Their cultural institutions remain strong in the country with a network of schools, hospitals, libraries, and seminaries.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

An Iranian Jewish boy reading the Torah in the biggest synagogue of Tehran.

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Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

An Iranian Jewish man praying during Arvin's Bar Mitzvah at the biggest Synagogue in Tehran.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin celebrating his Bar Mitzvah and reading the Torah. He is surrounded by the Rabbi , his father and a friend.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

The Rabbi advising Arvin during his Bar Mitzvah.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin and the Rabbi during his Bar Mitzvah in the biggest synagogue in Tehran.

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Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin , learning to read the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah. His standing on carved altar carved in wood and gold in the biggest Synagogue of Yussef Abad, in the North of Teheran.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Jewish boys reading the Torah during Arvin's Bar-Mitzvah. After the ceremony, guests gather around a sumptuous buffet. On the menu: traditional Iranian dishes and ... wine. Within the Islamic Republic, alcohol is prohibited for muslims, but tolerated for religious minorities like Jews and Christians.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin , a 13 year old Iranian Jewish boy learning to read the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah at a Synagogue in Yussef Abad, in the North Of Tehran.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

An Iranian Jewish boy reading the Torah in the synagogue of Yussef Abad in the North of Tehran.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin carrying the Torah scroll with his father for his Bar Mitzvah at the biggest Synagogue in Tehran.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Jewish boys reading the Torah during Arvin's Bar-Mitzva . Although Jews can be discriminated against , those who decided to stay declared feeling more secure in Iran than in other countries such as Israel.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin waiting to start celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in the biggest synagogue of Tehran located in Yussef Abad neighborhood.

Recognized as a minority in the 1979 Constitution, Jews are represented in the Iranian Parliament by a jewish member.
Despite their patriotism toward Iran, Jews's loyalty remain, in the eyes of the regime, questionable.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin, a 13 years old Iranian Jewish boy celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at the biggest Synagogue in Yussef Abad in the North of Teheran.
Out of the 80 000 Jews present in Iran under the Shah, there are barely 10,000 today. This religious minority has its Member of Parliament, schools ... but must live in discretion.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

Arvin 's friends reading the Torah. They are all educated in Jewish schools. Only five Jewish schools remain in Tehran. They subsist thanks to grants from the Ministry of Education.

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Iranian Jews
Tehran
By Alireza Firouzi
08 Nov 2012

The menorah, one of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith, in the Yousef Abad Synagogue.