Iran - Eretz Zion and Jerusalem

The community of Iranian Jewry and the next generation

If you can attribute just one thing to the immigration of Iranian Jews to Israel, it is their full integration into Israeli society.

The sons and daughters of the glorious Iranian community integrated in activity, trade and craft, innovation, culture and science and contributed their skills and abilities in cities and settlements from north to south. Aliyah from Iran began even before the establishment of the State, and increased afterwards. Some immigrated as part of the Youth Aliyah out of a Zionist mission, while others immigrated later in the 1970s and 1980s.

Among the best-known names of Iranians in Israel are: Lt. Col. (Res.) Shaul Mofaz – Chief of Staff and Minister of Defense; Lt. Col. Dan Halutz – Chief of Staff; Major General Eitan Ben Eliyahu – Commander of the Air Force; famous songstress Rita; former President Moshe Katsav; and many other scientists, researchers and professors.

A major holiday celebrated by the Iranian community in Israel is “Ruseh Baa” (The Day of the Garden), celebrated on the seventh evening of Pesach (on the eighth if you live abroad) and the next day on Isru Hag. The eve of the holiday is called “Shabeh Sal” (from Persian: The Eve of [Rosh] Hashana) and the day itself is called “Rosa Sal” (Rosh Hashanah).

On the holiday eve, it is customary to take out the Torah scrolls from the ark and dance with them. Every home lays out a magnificent ceremonial table, and all dishes are a virtue and a symbol of fertility, prosperity and blessing for the new year. On the holiday table they lay out many herbs, green branches, flowers and a plate of flowering sprouts, goldfish in a jar, coins and jewelry in a bowl of water and a mirror that reflects the light.

The doors of the house are left wide open until the wee hours of the night. The next day everyone meets outdoors and spends time together until the evening hours.

About the event

We all meet and celebrate the resurgence of the culture of the Jews from Arab countries and Iran, together with communities around the world.
Connect to a special broadcast like you’ve never seen before!
You can take part interactively, and might even be seen on screen.
Guests, artists, music and stories come together in an uplifting one-time event.

Pictures from the life and tradition of the communities

משרד ירושלים ומורשת Jerusalem and heritage
המשרד לשיוויון חברתי

Indiquez vos noms et adresse électronique et nous enverrons un mail de rappel et le lien vers l’événement.
Vous pourrez le visionner en tout lieu, sur votre ordinateur ou votre smartphone.
Nous nous réjouissons de vous compter parmi nous !

Vous êtes invités à participer dans la salle de votre communauté et nous vous verrons peut-être à l’écran !
La salle est limitée à 1 000 participants pour chaque communauté – ne perdez pas un instant pour vous inscrire et réserver votre place.
Avant l’événement nous vous enverrons un rappel et un lien pour que vous puissiez vous connecter de partout avec un ordinateur muni d’une webcam ou un smartphone.

Fill in your details below, and we’ll send you a notification to your email address, and a link to the actual event. You can choose to watch the event anywhere, through any computer or smartphone. Looking forward to having you amongst our viewers!

Feel free to join your community room, and we may feature you on the live broadcast!
The place is limited to 1,000 participants in each community – so hurry to register and secure a place.
Closer to the event, we will send you a reminder and a link, so you can join from anywhere using a computer with a camera or smartphone.

מלאו את הפרטים ונשלח לכם למייל תזכורת ואת הקישור לאירוע עצמו.
תוכלו לצפות מכל מקום – באמצעות מחשב או סמארטפון.
נשמח לראותכם בין אורחינו!

מוזמנים להצטרף לחדר הקהילה שלכם, ואולי נשתף אתכם בשידור!
המקום מוגבל ל-1,000 משתתפים בכל קהילה – מהרו להירשם ולהבטיח מקום.
חדרי הקהילה יפתחו כחצי שעה לפני השידור. סמוך לאירוע, נשלח אליכם תזכורת וקישור, כך תוכלו להצטרף מכל מקום באמצעות מחשב עם מצלמה או סמארטפון.