About Anna Kaplan

"I was thirteen years old, and all alone . . ."

Anna Kaplan was born Anna Monahemi in Tabriz, Iran to a Jewish family. When the Islamic Revolution swept the country, Anna's parents made the difficult decision to send her to the United States for safety. She arrived with thirty-nine other Iranian children as part of an international effort to save Iran's Jewish youth. Anna was eventually granted political asylum by the United States government.


"I have been so blessed by this wonderful country"

Anna was sent to live with a foster family in Chicago, where she learned to speak English and completed high school. After more than a year, her parents were able to legally enter the United States and the family was finally reunited. They moved to Queens, New York where Anna graduated from Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women and then Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. In 1995, Anna became a U.S. citizen. 

"I'm in this to make things better"

Anna married and settled in Great Neck, New York where she and her husband raised two daughters. She was active in the public schools and her community and was asked to run for the Great Neck Library Board. She won and served a four-year term. During her third year, she was also appointed to the Town of North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals. In 2011, Anna was elected Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman for the Fourth District.  In 2015, she was reelected to a second term as Town Councilwoman with 68% of the vote.

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