September 21, 2023

Dear Community,

This week we are pleased to focus on our sister organization, IAJF NY. 

They are only twenty two years old, but their accomplishments are notable. 

We have had a number of joint statements and speak as one voice on behalf of the Iranian Jews in North America. 

If you are in NY during their gala on November 14th,  please  join them. 

Be prepared to be inspired. 

We have just learned that there is help on the way for a limited time to receive funds to pay for up to six months’ back rent if you qualify. The website is copied below. Please apply if you qualify. 

We are so delighted to honor a very significant member of our community, Mrs. Manigeh Youabian on November 12th. She has touched every segment of our community through her generosity. Her commitment to our community is unparalleled.  Please save the date. 

Gmar chatima Tova and Shabbat shalom.

M. Elie Alyeshmerni
President’Azinu:  The Spirituality of Song
On the last day of his life, Moses gathers the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land and famously sings to them. He projects that all we have achieved we have done so with Hashem beside us. It is vital that the Israelites remember that their hard work and devotion are the seeds to their prosperity, but Hashem’s word is like rain in a dry land. It makes life grow – it gives rise to different opportunities, fulfills differing needs, and speaks clearly to every being His rain falls upon. Judaism celebrates variety and individualism, and even in this song, Moses recognizes that each creature of the creation blossoms differently but just as beautifully as its neighbor. As long as we respect and hold Hashem’s word and light close, our efforts will always be guided in the right direction.

The Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York, Inc. (IAJF) is a community based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a global outlook.

Since 2001, IAJF has enabled Iranian Jews in the Greater New York area to collectively address matters pertaining to our local community and the State of Israel.  IAJF represents the local Iranian Jewish community as needed, both in our area and to the world at large.  IAJF celebrates the accomplishments of the Iranian Jewish community and invests its resources to support communities in need, cultivate future leaders, and safeguard Zionist ideals.

Since its establishment, IAJF has raised and allocated $75 Million to support over 230 organizations and humanitarian causes in various areas including health and first aid, programming for IDF soldiers, educational and social programs, and relief for the needy and victims of terror.  IAJF also takes initiative in times of crisis, such as natural disasters or the more recent COVID pandemic and war in Ukraine, to provide emergency support and relief to those in need of aid.

IAJF has been recognized for its excellent financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency by both Charity Navigator and Guidestar.


IAJF celebrates the accomplishments of the Iranian Jewish community and invests its resources to support communities in need, cultivate future leaders, and safeguard Zionist ideals. IAJF fulfills its mission through the following strategies: ​

  • Supporting educational, social, and medical programs, amongst many others, that empower the people of Israel
  • Providing assistance to communities in need
  • Promoting unity and Zionist values while educating our community about Israel and its right to security and sovereignty
  • Instilling Jewish values in our youth, while cultivating a sense of pride in their Jewish culture and heritage
  • Developing and implementing exclusive, dynamic and engaging programs that empower the new generation of leaders to lead in education, public affairs, philanthropy, and business

Serving as an influential voice representing the Iranian American Jewish community in the United States and Israel.


November 14, 2023 – 6:00 PM

Shahram Yaghoubzadeh is the President of KMR Information Systems, Inc., an Information Technology (IT) consulting firm in New York City that he founded in 1991 after a successful twelve-year career at IBM.  His firm provides IT consulting to Fortune 500 companies to assist in design, development and maintenance of their application software.

He began his community activities at a young age and served as a Trustee and Treasurer of Beth Hadassah Synagogue in Great Neck, NY from 1992 till 2001, and served as a Trustee of Sephardic Heritage Alliance (SHAI) from 1999 to 2002.

He serves as a Board member of Friends of the IDF (FIDF), a $100+ million organization supporting the needs of IDF soldiers, and is a former Board member of UJA Federation of New York.

Shahram and a group of like-minded and prominent members of the Iranian American Jewish Community established The Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York in 2001.  He served as its President for twelve years (2003-2015) and since then as its Chairman.  

He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Southern California (USC).

Shahram lives in New York with his wife Yvette and has three children and five grandchildren.

StevenKhadavi was elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York (IAJF) in January of 2020.  Having joined the IAJF Board in 2007, he served as an active board member, Secretary, and Vice President, prior to his current position.  He has also been a well-known and beloved staple of IAJF’s annual galas, serving as the MC for many years.

Soon after Steven stepped into his new role as President, he was faced with leading the organization’s response to the challenges of COVID-19.  He dedicated many hours to ensuring that community members in need received assistance quickly and with dignity.

In addition to leading IAJF, Steven is the managing partner of the New York office of Troutman Pepper, a top-50 U.S. law firm with over 1,100 lawyers in 23 cities across the country. He has more than two decades of experience in corporate finance and securities law, as well as mergers and acquisitions.  He regularly advises boards of directors, investment banks, and companies on securities matters, corporate governance, and fairness and solvency opinions.  Steven represents clients in the United States and abroad in various sectors, and advises Israeli clients operating in the U.S. and companies and investors doing business in Israel.

Steven also sits on the boards of UJA Federation of New York and Friends of MadaTech – The Israel Institute of Science and Technology. 

Steven lives with his wife and three children in Great Neck, NY.

“At the meeting last night of the Sinai Temple Men’s Club, Elie Alyeshmerni gave a D’var Torah

on questions that engage and those that end the conversation, before David Bernsten presented his book, Woke Antisemitism.”

Here is a lightly edited excerpt:

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