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Jewel of Persia: Iranians in Southern California Embark on a Grand Project

A Non-Profit Persian Cultural Organization, "Jewel of Persia", Has Been Established in Orange County, California

Orange County, California - December 2002 - After extensive research and planning, a group of dedicated Iranians have established Jewel of Persia to build a Persian Cultural Center in Southern California. Jewel of Persia will promote Persian heritage and serve as a place for the Persian community to come together. Jewel of Persia is a "Non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization" without affiliations to any political or religious organizations.

About Jewel of Persia

Jewel of Persia welcomes all Persian ethnic groups as well as other cultural and ethnic communities. Jewel of Persia will be the place for people to come together to share their experiences, ideas and memories in a comfortable and dynamic environment, even with diverse backgrounds.

Conceptual Design Highlights

The Center is conceptually designed to be self-sufficient. Revenues from the Center's business establishments will cover the Center's operating costs. The surplus revenues, if any, will be used to build similar Centers in other cities around the world and/or will be given to talented students as scholarships.

  • 600-Seat Amphitheatre
  • Multi-purpose Rooms
  • Library and Bookstore
  • Arts and Music Center
  • Business Center:
    • Traditional Persian Restaurant
    • Traditional Persian Tea House
    • Other Business Establishments
  • Entertainment Center:
    • Satellite and Closed Circuit Big Screen TV
    • Films and Traditional Persian Theater
    • Live Concerts
  • Community Support and Programs:
    • Day Care
    • Youth Activities
    • Senior Citizen Activities
    • Farsi and English Lessons

Board of Directors

Assad Kazemini, Ph.D. - President/CEO
Dariush "Darr" Hashempour, P.E. - CFO/Treasurer
Hamid "Tony" Rahimian, P.E. - COO
Nader Kheyrdan - Vice President/Corporate Secretary
Iraj Zamanian, M.D. - Vice President/Board Member
Mansour "Michael" Badiey - Vice President/Board Member

Contributions and Support

Utilizing innovating financing and support from the community, the new cultural center will grow to its fullest potentials and thrive on imaginations and innovations, which will make a dream, come true. We welcome all forms of contributions; your Time, Talent, and/or Monetary assistance.

For additional information, please visit

CONTACT: Dariush Hashempour
(877) 4-PERSIA

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