The Iranian Jewish Women's Organization of Southern California, having its roots in Iran since 1947, was founded in Los Angeles in 1976. The objective of this organization has been to protect the dual identity of the Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles, as well as to recognize the impact and role of Iranian Jewish women in society.
Since its inception, the Iranian Jewish Women's Organization has fulfilled its objectives by independently pursuing cultural, community, social and charitable activities.
Beginning in 2002, three new chapters were added to the central organization to reach women of all generations and professional status. Dr. Nahid Pirnazar Oberman was pivotal to the creation of these chapters and is the senior consultant on the board of three chapters.
Women of Vision Chapter’s mission is to promote contemporary Iranian Jewish American Women in their professional and personal endeavors; to enhance their self-esteem and image by encouraging education, providing a network of resources and offering support; and, to document the long overlooked past accomplishments of Iranian Jewish women and ensure their present and future achievements.
Mothers for Tomorrow Chapter’s mission is to focus on the issues associated with the up-bringing of the future generation. Activities of this chapter include organizing social and community events to preserve the values of the Iranian Jewish cultural heritage as well as charitable works.
The Next Generation Chapter’s objectives are to create a sense of continuity and community in the younger generations through promoting Jewish and Iranian education, social action and creating a community of young women with common goals and principles. To ensure the continued involvement of future generations and the continuity of the Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization, representatives of this group will always remain an active part of UCLA Hillel’s Iranian Student’s Group.
Karmel Melamed’s Article on IJWO
Saba Soomekh Report on IJWO Past and Present