Yet, Iranian-Jewish culture is a major aspect of their lives.
Given these sometimes competing cultural forces, first-generation Iranian Jews have learned how to balance multiple identities—those of an American, a Jew, and an Iranian.
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This word also connotes virginal qualities—those of a woman who is docile, domestic, sweet, and unknowing of the world.
The young women I interviewed all said their parents raised them to be .
Rebecca, a 19-year-old student, said that her mother discussed the proper way for her to act.
"She told me that I have to be modest because people are watching you in the Persian community and other people's opinions matter a lot.
Married women come to these parties with their husbands in order to dress up, have fun, and get away from the kids.