Throughout United States and global history, immigration has drastically transformed people, places, technology, infrastructure, and communities. In the 19th century, many Irish and German immigrants transformed New York City. In the 18th century, immigrants from Europe virtually changed the American landscape. As for me, I am part of an immigrant class – I am a Persian Jew.
In 1979, there was a revolution in Iran. At the time, my entire family and community lived there. We lived in Tehran, Mashad, Kashan, and many other cities. Though I was not born at that moment, their migration to the United States greatly impacted who I am today and how my community looks today. During the revolution, it was very unsafe for my family as they were Jews, so they moved to Great Neck, New York. To date, our community is over 80% Persian-Jewish. We have over 10 synagogues in close proximity and a undying culture. Without this immigration, our culture would not be present in Great Neck!