Iranian Jewish journalist to speak at TSTI

Roya Hakakian

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel invites the public to a Shabbat Scholar and Supper program featuring guest speaker Roya Hakakian, a Jewish Iranian journalist, on Friday, Dec. 8. The service, open to all, will be at 6 p.m., followed by a community dinner at 7 p.m. with Hakakian, whose topic is: “Why Does Iran Keep Its Jews?” Advance registration for the dinner is required; admission is charged. Registration and information are online at

Hakakian’s opinion columns, essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” among many news outlets. She currently serves as an editorial board member of World Affairs Journal and is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, an independent nonprofit organization that monitors the human rights situation in Iran. Her memoir of growing up a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, “Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran,” has been a celebrated “freshman experience” book at many U.S. colleges.

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