Owen Shayan

My Dad was always very proud he was Jewish. Growing up in Leicestershire, we didn’t say we were Iranian, but it was OK to be Jewish. Being Jewish will mean recognition, acceptance. It is knowledge, understanding. It is important, when I have a family, that I have that knowledge.

Owen Shayan, 28, a lawyer from Putney, is half-Iranian, half-English. He is a member of New North London Synagogue.

Last updated: 4:52pm, January 31 2013