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William Mehrvaz

William Mehrvarz

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William is an apostate who, after renouncing Islam in favor of Judaism, was forced to flee Iran under threat of persecution. He speaks to audiences in the United States about religious freedom, other human rights issues that are connected to his personal story, Israel and more. Between speaking engagements and school, William does professional translations, presently rendering Seth M. Siegel's Let There Be Water for readers of Farsi. He is also hard at work on a memoir about his unique journey.


  • Arts & Culture

  • Positively Israel & College Campuses

  • Middle Eastern Relations

Popular Speeches


My Journey from Tehran to the Torah (William’s Personal Story, with or without a tie-in to the weekly parsha or upcoming holidays.)

Religious Freedom as a Human Right

No Good Deal: The Ethics of Negotiating with the Iranian Government

The Heart of the Stranger: Refuge and Asylum as Jewish Values

Global Scapegoat: Antisemitism in International Politics

Unfair Love: The Power Dynamics of Intermarriage

Discovering Judaism Twice: The Value of Jewish Education

Jew-ish: Apostasy, Conversion, and Religious Identity

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