Dr. Sapir Hospital and Charity Center

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The Dr. Sapir Hospital and Charity Center, a Jewish charity hospital in Tehran, founded by Yaghoub Massaband (Dye Yaghoub), is the largest charity among the religious minorities in Iran. Over 50 years old, the hospital is under the leadership of Dr. Siamak Moreh Sedgh. The Tehran Jewish Committee assist in the financial maintenance of the complex, which is owned by the Tehran Jewish Committee.[1][2] In 2007, the Christian Science Monitor reported that one cause for the recent co-existence between Jews and Muslims in Tehran, "has been gratitude for the Dr. Sapir Hospital."[3]


The hospital was first known as Kheirkhah clinic and was opened in 1942. First donors were mostly Jews from the Mulla Hanina Synagogue. Jewish physician Ruhollah Sapir was one of the first physicians of this clinic. Most patients at the time were Jews from Oudlajan neighborhood who were bringing in their children for problems from the poor quality of water. Sapir himself died from Typhus in 1923. Later the clinic turned into a hospital and was named Cyrus the great hospital. Additionally, many gentile Muslims started to be treated in the hospital as well. [4]

After the revolution the hospital was named in honor of Ruhollah Sapir to Sapir Hospital.

Sapir hospital was instrumental in helping the wounded revolutionaries during the Iranian revolution of 1979. At the time most of the public hospitals would report the wounded revolutionaries to SAVAK but Dr. Sapir's hospital was the only hospital that was treating them without informing the SAVAK agents. Dr. Sapir hospital's actions were so instrumental that Ayatollah Khomeini himself wrote a personal note thanking the hospital for its help after the revolution succeeded. [5]

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  1. ^ Iranian Jews Say Republic Safe for Them ABC News
  2. ^ IRANIAN JEWS Iran Jewish
  3. ^ In Ahmadinejad's Iran, Jews still find a space Christian Science Monitor
  4. ^ http://www.iranjewish.com/essay/Essay_41_sapir.htm
  5. ^ The Revolution's Forgotten Sons and Daughters: The Jewish Community in Tehran during the 1979 Revolution, Lior Sternfeld, Iranian Studies,47:6, 857-869, 2014