The Chaya Podcast
The Chaya Podcast is a sacred platform where Jewish Iranian change makers turn taboo topics into transformational opportunities for our community. The intention of this podcast is to support our listeners’ evolution by challenging the rules our community taught us to buy into for “the best life.” We invite you to decide from a more conscious place which practices you want to keep, which ones you want to let go of, and how you can own those decisions and ultimately thrive in more fulfilling and authentic life.
Shame and Sexual Health
Taking The Diss Out of Disability
What Makes Something Taboo?
Shady Zarnegin Rx and Dr. Ellen Goldstein MD talk on how to break the stigma around fertility in our culture for both men and women. We also dive into common experiences we have when freezing eggs, how to improve our fertility, and show up for ourselves or someone who is considering the egg freezing procedure.
Kevin Noparvar @how.kev.eats.it talks about being an outsider, being bullied and how he transformed into a leader. What does adult bullying look like in the Jewish Iranian Community? How does it damage us? How can one rise above bullying and go from a victim to a victor?
Image Vs. Identity
From Outsider to Leader: A Conversation on Bullying
Hava Rahimian talks about trends in Jewish Iranians when dating for marriage. Hava shares secrets on how to get clarity on whether the person you’re dating is your future spouse. We explain the difference between getting married and having a marriage and highlight common blindspots we miss when dating for marriage. We answer questions about what to do if you are single or in a relationship looking to have a marriage?
Tabby Refael talks about her viral article that addresses the taboo topic of depression in the Jewish Iranian community. As a community, what did we gain by moving to America and what did we lose? How can we speak to our parents about mental health issues? How to think about mental illness when dating? How to navigate mental health issues if you’re still living at home with your parents?
Getting Married Vs. Being Married
Resilience, Depression, and Baldness: Deep Thoughts on Very Persian Struggles
How to Attract the Love of Your Life
Farah Shamolian, co-founder of Chaya Community, interviews Sam Yebri of 30 Years After on leadership. Some questions we answer are, what is leadership + what qualities define a good leader? How can we be leaders in small and big ways? What’s the gap in leadership in the Jewish Iranian community and what is the vision for our future leaders?
Ashley Zarah, singer and song writer, talks about her new album: Better Mess. Nicole and Zarah dive in about the gains and losses of following your creative passion as a Persian Jew. They also explore the deeper meaning behind Zarah’s album covering topics on codependency, sexual assault, authenticity, gossip vs. truth. And ultimately, speak of the healing power of music.
Hubris and Humility = Leadership
How Music Can Heal Us All
How to get the Community out of the Bedroom
Nicole interviews career expert, Ashley Stahl, on how to find career clarity and remove limiting beliefs around your money mindset. We walk about: finding your purpose, how to have more impact in your career, uncovering Jewish Iranian struggles around career, common limiting beliefs about money that keep us stuck, and how to set up a support system around your career.