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, ':~ " i _ . !_" ".-- " _ ..... .jll.t~.,~lJLLrJ ~_Ji_I~;.._L ....... ~ .... ~.~.,,.tl~..,.i,llti, i~LL,IJtllll HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 30, 2009 PAGE 7A TIM BOXER'S Traveling with the Stars Farhad Aframian, head of cultural activities (1) and Rabbi Younes Hamami, religious consultant, at the Tehran Jewish Committee. Free In faith, squeezed In speech The 22,000 Jews of lran appear to live under a Neturei Karta spell. They have no connection with the State of Israel. They feel constrained to follow the officially sanctioned line of the ayatollahs. On occasion they denounce the "Zionist regime" and the "Zionist cruelty" to the Palestinians. Free to practice their faith, tl~ey feel constricted in what they can say and write. "Iraqian Jews," a booklet of the Tehran Jewish Committee, the officially recognized body of the community, assures that Jewish relations with the government are at "a very desirable level." . When facedwith "humiliations and misunderstandings" by the media and the authorities, the booklet states that the Jews "view the problem largely due to actions of political Zionism and the regime of Israel, which sometimes causes suspicion toward all Iranian and the world Jews." The Tehran Jewish Committee operates under the supervision of the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Culture, and the Islamic Guidance and Endowments Organization. Farhad Aframian, who heads cultural activities of the Jew- ish Committee, at 385 Sheikh Hadi St. (iranjewish~com), said in an igterview that Tehran's 8,000 Jews support six kosher butchershops, a kosher restaurant at 26 Felastin St., a library with 100,000 books, and four Jewish schools two for boys and two for girls. "We publish our own siddur andwrite our own Torah,"Afram- ian said."We import from France a knife for kosher slaughtering, talit, tefilin and mezuzahs." Nothing from Israel. Under a military draft, he said, Jews serve in the army for 18 months after high school. "There is no anti-Semitism here," he insisted. Aframian is editor of Ofegh Bina, the official quarterly magazine of the Tehran Jewish Committee. His March 2008 issue denounced the mass emigration of 40 Jews to Israel due, they claimed, to "the conditions of Jews in Iran being terrible, painful and ignoble." These are "baseless claims," an editorial commented. The magazine reprinted a statement by the Jewish Commit- tee condemning the propaganda of"the anti-Iran imperialists and Zionists" that induced those Jews to depart from their Rachmat Shamsion at Yousef Abad Synagogue. Abrishami Jewish school students. homeland and "the sacred system of the Islamic Republic." I got along very well with Aframian -- as long as I did not mention Israel. I visited three synagogues Out of 24 in the city. Synagogue Haim Iran, at 12 Simi Lane, was enclosed by an iron fence topped with barbed wire. The sheet metal gate was locked. The compound had the air of impregnability. A Muslim neighbor said she sees people here only on holidays. Abrishami Synagogue, at 30 Siye Tir St., had a school at- tached. Classes were finished and a dozen youngsters were milling outside, some With kippas. One of the boys escorted me to a side entrance leading up cold concrete stairs to the synagogue. It was shortly before mincha. Five young businessmen, seated at a wooden table in front of the ark, were engaged in Tractate Sukkah. They meet every day after work for Talmud study. They said there is a daily minyan. Shabbat services attract 300 people. Talmud study at Abrishami Synagogue. The large Yousef Abad Synagogue, at 25th Street No. 22, was opened for me by Rachmat Shamsion, a retired boutique owner who lives nearby. He was overjoyed to meet a visitor from New York. He said proudly that his daughter Devora lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a fiimmaker named Mehrzode Gamzeletova. Jews have lived in Iran for 2,700 years. Today they maintain a sensitive relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran.. If Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaee's bold vision of "peace and friendship for all people" is realized, in spite of the reigning mullahs, perhaps more tourists will visit, and American Jews will engage with their brothers and sisters in the land of Persia. Tim Boxer is editor of lnld~ll & i~m~WeIK *Migraines * Low Back Pain OccupationaI * Headaches * Sport/ng Injuries ~juries * Neck Pain Visit our website for more ir~formation! ibandb.eom /5030 S Hwy 17-9~/Ste B/Ca~elberr~, FL 327oT/rnm#1641~ Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at; 407-566-9792. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd.. 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Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 GoddardAve., Orlando, 407-298-4650; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleidaem (R), 3501 Oak eointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyim (0), 9869 Kilgore Rd., Orlando, 407-928-8972; Services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Minha 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 ~.m. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrose and 7th St., Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352- 243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 COuntry Road 101, Oxford, 352-748- 1800; Shabbat Services every Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vinetand Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth .Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Wmter Haven, 813-324- 2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. WickhamRd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israd (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israd of DeLand (R), 1001 E. 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