The Jews of Iran

A Short Historical Survey of the Iranian Jewry: From Cyrus to the Present

The Jewish community of Persia, modern-day Iran, is one of the oldest in the Diaspora, and its historical roots reach back to the time of the First Temple. On the eve of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, 60,000 Jews lived in Iran. In the wake of the upheaval, tens of thousands of Jews left the country but up to 25,000 still live there. How has the Islamic heritage of the country affected the Judeo-Persian culture of its Jewish community?

audience Audience at the 'Jews of Iran' programme