Who we are
The Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) of Los Angeles was founded in 1981, shortly after the 1979 Revolution in Iran, to secure a new life for Iranian refugees fleeing from war and persecution. Since then, the IAJF has been the centralized address of the Iranian-Jewish community and much of the Iranian community at large in the United States. When many members of our community sought refuge in this country, the IAJF partnered with community and political leaders to further the interests of our new country and adopted home, the United States of America, while protecting the rights of our community and other religious minorities that have been, and remain, under a constant threat of persecution.
Our mission is to address the needs and strengthen the voice of the Iranian-American Jewish community locally and abroad. IAJF safeguards and defends the rights of our global community and acts as a forum for community leaders to implement plans that remove threats and resolve their challenges. IAJF endeavors to strengthen and sustain both Iranian and Jewish heritage, cultures and values,
To achieve our mission statement’s goals, the IAJF has established committees that are very active and effective in their respective areas.
Registered Charity: 95-4701550
Emergency Fund Committee, a division of IAJF was established 1981 and assisted the applicants with financial needs such as food coupons and rent assistance.
In 2014, The Emergency Fund was restructured into three divisions:
- Social Services
- Fund Raising
- Cemetery Plot Sales and Management
The mission of the Public Affairs Committee is to foster, empower, and implement policies and guidelines so as to build a closer network and collaboration with local, national, and international groups, student clubs, associations, think tanks, institutions, religious-cultural centers, and policy-makers; in order to combat Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, and hatred based on universal core values.
Health and Wellness
Active since 2008, the Health & Wellness Committee is devoted to contributing to and supporting the diverse members of our community by way of seminars, interactive discussions and workshops. We seek to promote awareness and education in reaching and maintaining physical, mental, psychological, and social health and wellness. The source of funding derives from private donations and sponsorship.
The Health & Wellness Committee is a bilingual team (Farsi & English)
1317 North Crescent Heights Blvd.
Dr. Nahid Nancy Rafii
The Youth program Committee at the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) is committed to supporting and expanding the mission of the organization by focusing on the needs and interests of young professionals within the community. Through a range of carefully developed programs, the committee aims to empower the next generation of leaders by providing them with opportunities for growth and development. By organizing various social events and networking opportunities, the committee creates a platform for individuals to connect, build relationships, and share experiences and by actively engaging in philanthropic efforts, the Committee instills Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and emphasizes the importance of making a positive impact on society. The youth program serves as a driving force in empowering young professionals, fostering cultural pride, and making a difference in the community through their dedication, programs, and philanthropic initiatives.
The Dispute Resolution Committee (inception, July 2014) consists of legal and mediation experts who utilize different processes to resolve disputes among parties. Working with both sides, together and sometimes separately in absolute privacy and maintaining confidentiality, the committee members help establish a resolution that is sustainable, voluntary, and nonbinding. Profuse legal costs are another reason to choose mediation vs. litigation. This committee has successfully solved business and marital disputes, as well as employee and employer, conflicts at no cost to the parties. Parties are eligible for up to 3 hours of collaborative negotiations with the legal team.