On April 2nd, 2019, I attended a lecture given by Dr. Lior Sternfeld. (He is currently teaching at Penn State.) The lecture discussed Jewish life in Iran. The lecture was highly interesting, and provided me with a substantial amount of new information.
Prior to 1979, the Jewish community of Iran was very diverse. German, Polish, Russian, Iraqi, and many more Jews called Iran their home. However, after the events of 1979, the Jewish area was turned into a Mahaleh. (Dr. Sternfeld argues against using the word “ghetto” because of the connotation of the word to WW2.) Jews were attacked because of their supposed Zionist culture, with many high profile Iranian politicians questioning Jewish loyalty to Iran.
This claim is not particularly true, as many Jews remained loyal to the Shah. According to Dr. Sternfeld, some Jews were sympathetic to the Islamic revolutionaries!
In modern Iran, the Jewish community largely lives in urban areas. Around ½ of the Jews live in Tehran. The Jewish community is mainly comprised of Middle – Upper middle class, but that meta is changing. There are 4 kosher restaurants in Tehran, which is three more than in Austin, and 4 more than Norman; lets try and get Norman a kosher restaurant!