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Interview with author of Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America

Born to Persian Jews who fled Iran, Esther Amini grew up in freewheeling 1960s New York. Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America, uncovers her parents’ early years as crypto-Jews in Iran’s holiest Muslim city, and their arduous journey to America, where they faced the threat of freedom.


“My father’s terror of the outside world and my mother’s hunger for it spilled into our raucous home.” Esther Amini, Concealed


Esther Amini

Esther Amini is a New York-based writer, painter, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Her short stories have appeared in Elle, Lilith, Tablet, The Jewish Week, and Proximity. She was awarded the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship in 2016, and was chosen by the Jewish Women’s Theatre as their Artist-in-Residence in 2019. Esther’s pieces have been performed in theatres in Los Angeles and in Manhattan.


Interviewer: Karmel Melamed

Karmel Melamed is an award-winning internationally published journalist, activist, speaker and attorney based in Los Angeles. Fluent in Farsi, Melamed is an expert on the Iranian-American community, the current Iranian regime’s human rights violations against Jews and other minorities, and Middle East politics. His writing frequently appears in The Times of Israel and The Forward. Karmel is based in Southern California.

When: 10 – 11am, Tuesday 25th August


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This event is part of the online Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, keeping you connected and entertained this August & September.

This year’s festival brings some of the best contemporary Jewish writing from around the world. Join us for an exploration of Jewish identity and global issues with authors from South Africa, Germany, the USA, and Australia.

   Click HERE to view the full program.


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For more information about this event, please contact Anna Stern anna@shalom.edu.au / 9381 4273

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