Friday, March 30, 2007

Iranian-Jewish mayor fulfils his American dream

Profile by Kelly Hartog in the Jerusalem Post of Jimmy Delshad, Beverly Hills' first Iranian-Jewish mayor.

Beverly Hills made history on March 6 when Jimmy Delshad, a 66-year-old Iranian Jewish immigrant, was elected mayor. It's certainly a coup for the man formerly known as Jamshid Delshad, who was born in Shiraz and moved to America when he was 19 to attend college. He settled in Beverly Hills in 1988 and has called the city home ever since.

"I'm unbelievably excited," Delshad says in a living room filled with glossy coffee table books, including several Haggadot and Jewish art books. "It's like a dream come true, and shows that the American dream is alive and well."

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Washington Post report (with thanks: Albert)

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