Isaac Yomtovian - Mandel JCC Festival of Books
Book Title: Leaving Iran, A Glimpse Into the Persian Mind'
Isaac Yomtovian's Leaving Iran is a collection of humorous and true heartfelt stories that take the reader on a journey with the author as a young Jewish boy born in Tehran. Isaac's lively short stories are about his fascinating childhood, which was spent in a multicultural neighborhood of Shiah Muslims, Christians, Zoroastrians, and Baha'is. He describes the enduring and confusing relationships that Iranian Jews experienced with their Muslim fellow countrymen - Relationships that were often friendly, but were sometimes laden with intolerance, discrimination and even danger.
Through portrayals of religious and secular observances and holidays, verses of Persian poetry and renditions of ancient folktales, Leaving Iran highlights the rich history, culture and customs of Jewish and non-Jewish Persians. The book offers a unique insight into the historical basis for Iran's intense hostility towards America and the West. Cuyahoga Community College Professor Mark Lewine described Isaac Yomtovian as a "master storyteller" and described Leaving Iran as "a must-read for anyone interested in Iran, so important to our future as well as our past."
Cleveland's Own Isaac Yomtovian emigrated from Iran to Israel in 1966 to join Kibbutz Gan Shmuel. He later obtained a master's of science from the University of Nebraska, attended a post-graduate program in Agricultural, Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. This Pepper Pike resident is a frequent guest lecturer on Islam, Iran and Jewish history.
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