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Gay Marriage Divide at Westwood Sinai Temple: 'Good Riddance'

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Reza Farahan, left, and the Sinai Temple in Westwood

"Shahs of Sunset" star Reza Farahan on turmoil in the heavily Persian community after Rabbi David Wolple's decision to hold gay marriages: "The fewer ignorant Persians congregating in one place, the better."

This story first appeared in the July 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Prominent rabbi David Wolpe's June announcement that he will perform gay marriages at Sinai Temple in Westwood continues to roil the local Persian community, which comprises about half of the congregants.

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Many are against the decision, and several families already have begun leaving Sinai because of it. All of which really works up Reza Farahan, the openly gay, half-Jewish star of Bravo's Shahs of Sunset.

"If you ask me, good riddance!" says Farahan, who's not a member of the congregation. "The fewer ignorant Persians congregating in one place, the better. The fact is, most Persians in L.A. forget what life would be like back in the 'homeland.' "