Sam Yebri was a year old in 1982 when his Jewish family fled Iran, stopping in Rome, Vienna, Switzerland and New York before settling in Los Angeles in 1983.
Looking back, he recognizes his family’s good fortune. Not only did they escape the new Islamic regime under Ayatollah Khomeini, Los Angeles gave the Yebri family a chance to live out the American dream. Yebri’s parents, dentists in Iran, passed tests to continue practicing here. Yebri himself graduated from law school and began a career of public service that included founding an organization, 30 Years After, that promotes the participation of Iranian-American Jews into national political and Jewish life.