ACC 2018-2019 Scholarship
The The Arab American Cultural and Community Center
is pleased to announce the annual College
Scholarship Program for Arab American students who
seek or currently attend a College or University.
The application period will run from Wednesday,
September 19th, 2018 to Thursday, November 15th,
To apply for The Arab-American Cultural & Community
Center Scholarship Program, please submit the
following items in a neat package in a clear binder
in the order:
1. Complete the attached application form. Must be
enrolled in accredited Senior High School, College,
or University. And of Arabic origins.
2. Submit prove of enrollment in accredited Senior
High School, College, or University in USA.
3. Submit two letters of recommendation from either
your teachers and/or employers. These should state
how long you have been acquainted, what the nature
of the relationship is, comments about your
character and abilities, and any other information
you would like the committee to consider.
4. Prepare and attach an essay of at least 500 words
(typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, no more than
two pages long), describing your career goals, your
reasons for choosing these goals and what you have
done thus far to prepare yourself and how you hope
to give back to your community one day. Please state
any previous volunteer work for the ACC or any other
5. Attach an official transcript of your grades from
your high school and college (if you have begun
6. A Signed commitment pledge to volunteer for the
Arab American Center in Houston for at least 10
hours during the semester in which the scholarship
Mail or bring in your packet to:
The Arab-American Cultural & Community Center
10555 Stancliff Road
Houston, TX 77099
Attn: Scholarship Program
Application Submissions Deadline: Package must
be received by November 15th, 2018.
Scholarship recipient will be notified starting
December 20th, 2018.
Scholarship will be paid into 2 payments. Last
payment made after the volunteering hours have been
completed to satisfaction.
Click here to download ACC Scholarship Application
For more information, please email:
September 21, 2018 -
Club Scholarship Endowment Gala
The Syrian American Club of Houston is pleased to
invite you to its 2018 Scholarship Endowment Gala.
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: Reception starts at 7:30 pm, Dinner starts at
Location: Hilton Post Oak
Performance by Tarab Singer Yousef Shamoun
Click on the following link for online reservations
October 6, 2018 -
Join us for the
2018 Women's Conference! This year's theme is
"Inspire". The conference's topics and sessions will
be focused on women and their families.
Keynote Speaker: Ieasha Prime
Speakers include: Lobna Mulla, Dr. Ketam Hamdan, Dr.
Shama Rasheed, & many more!
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton, 11730 Katy
Freeway, Houston, TX 77079
Sat, October 6,
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CDT
Reserve your spot today!
Organizer An Nisa, a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization working to empower, educate, and enrich
the community by providing counseling, educational
programs, and the necessary assistance to help our
clients regain self sufficency and work towards
becoming a healthy family.
October 11, 2018 -
"Jerusalem: What Makes for
In the wake of the U.S. Embassy move, key faith
leaders unite in a call for action!
On October 11, key ecumenical faith leaders,
scholars, and peace advocates are uniting in Houston
to wrestle with the topic of Jerusalem as key to
peace in the Middle East. The recent move of the
American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has
threatened historic commitments to Jerusalem as a
city for two peoples of three faiths and thwarted
prospects for peace in the region.
The one day conference entitled Jerusalem: What
makes for peace? brings together renowned leaders of
various Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith
traditions from across the country and the globe.
• Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, conference organizer and
President of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and founding
President of Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and
Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine
• James Zogby, President of the Arab American
• Rev. Jim Winkler, President of National Council of
• Rev. Mae Cannon Executive Director of Churches for
Middle East Peace
• Jim Wallis, founding President of Sojourners
• Dr. Iva Caruthers, General Secretary of the Samuel
DeWitt Proctor Conference
• Dr. Bob Roberts, Founding pastor of Northwood
Church and co-founder of Glocal Ventures
Bishop Michael Rineheart of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church of America Gulf Coast Synod and Father Don
Nesti, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture
at St. Thomas University will give the welcome. This
interfaith conference aims to deepen understanding
of the consequences of current foreign policy and
the effects of theological frameworks of Jerusalem.
The conference will also engage participants in
identifying next steps to advancing a just peace in
In addition to responding to this urgent moment, The
Jerusalem Conference is, in part, a follow up from
the 2016 Atlanta Summit at the Carter Center hosted
by President Carter, which brought together key
representatives from 26 denominations as well as
numerous faith-based organizations working towards a
just peace in Israel/Palestine. This event will take
place at The Hilton- University of Houston. Sponsors
include Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Churches for
Middle East Peace, the Proctor Conference, and
National Council of Churches. While the conference
is open to the public, limited spots are available,
pre-registration is recommended:
Date: October 11, 2018
Location: University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Bright Stars of Bethlehem is a nonprofit dedicated
to educating the next generation in Palestine
through awareness-raising and fundraising efforts in
If you would like more information about this event,
please call Tori Pelz at 214.502.2269 or email
ABOUT DR. RAHEB
Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is President of Bright Stars of
Bethlehem and founding President of Dar al-Kalima
University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Former
Senior Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in
Bethlehem and the most widely published Palestinian
theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author of 17
books most recently including, The Cross in
Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine, and
Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through
Palestinian Eyes. A civic leader and social
entrepreneur, Dr. Raheb has founded numerous
organizations and serves on many regional and
international boards. A leading voice in the path
towards peace in Israel/Palestine, Dr. Raheb has
been widely featured on international media outlets
including CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC, PBS, The Economist,
Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and 60
minutes. Dr. Raheb holds a Doctorate in Theology
from Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.
October 11, 2018 -
Room for Hope Palestinian
It's finally here! Bright Stars of Bethlehem is
coming to Texas for a multi-city festival of
Join us in
Houston on October 11 for a grand finale of our
multi-city Room for Hope Texas tour!
The evening's festivities include:
- Performances by Dance and Theater students from in
- Musical performances by Georges Lammam Ensemble
- Palestine Unlimited exhibition of Palestinian
- Traditional Palestinian appetizers and desserts
- Presentation by Bright Stars of Bethlehem and Rev.
Dr. Mitri Raheb
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: St. Paul’s Methodist Church
For more information,
October 13, 2018 -
ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
Cultural & Community Center
This year we are
highlighting the people and culture of Palestine!
Our Esteemed Honorees are:
Dr. Osama and Dr. Lilian Gaber for the Outstanding Community
Service Award for Nora's Home
- Dr. Ussama Makdisi for the Lifetime Achievement
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: Reception starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria,
2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston 77056
Gala Chairs: Abla Amin & Dr. Rania Elkhatib
For more details,
October 20, 2018 -
Ben Qurrah Award Gala
The 11th Ben Qurrah Awards Gala will be honoring Dr.
Fadlo Khuri and William Zoghbi.
Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer Rd., Houston
here for more information.
October 26, 2018 -
Being Muslim: Reflections from an
Dr. Asad Tarsin's book "Being Muslim - A Practical
Guide" has become a crucial addition to every
American-Muslim's library. It serves as a great
introduction to the beliefs and practices of Islam
and focuses on practical and important topics that
can help new and old Muslims better understand and
Join us for a special event as we introduce you to
Dr Tarsin and learn about his own journey in writing
this book and the stories he has accumulated along
"Being Muslim: A Practical Guide is a necessary
reading for all young readers to understand their
faith." - Imam Zaid Shakir
"A concise, useful, and accurate manual of core
knowledge that every Muslim should know" - Shaykh
English and Spanish copies of the book will be
available for purchase and signature.
Date: October 26, 2018
Time: 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Ibrahim Islamic Center, 5215 Almeda Rd.,
DR. ASAD TARSIN has been designing Islamic
educational programs and teaching the basics of
Islam for more than a decade. After completing his
bachelor's degree in Islamic studies at the
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he continued
his study of Islamic theology, sacred law,
philosophy and spirituality with some of the
country’s most prominent Muslim scholars including
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Sherman Jackson, among
He has served as the curriculum director for the
Deen Intensive Foundation for the last ten years and
has a particular interest in creating sustainable
models of education for new and returning Muslims.
He lectures and teaches courses on Islam across the
country. Being Muslim: A Practical Guide is his
first published work. He is an emergency physician
by training and lives in California with his wife
and three children.
here for more information.
October 27, 2018 -
Im Hussein & Ajyal Theatrical Group: Double Trouble
For more information, visit
November 10-11, 2018 -
Islamic Arts Festival
Come and enjoy a unique family friendly festival. Experience
the rich tradition of Arts in Islam. View Islamic
calligraphy, woodwork, ceramic tiles and paintings from
local artists! Experience the art of henna tattoo, Ebru and
calligraphy. Interact with artists and take part in silent
auction. Art activities for all ages. Enjoy ethnic food from
Islamic Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind in the
Americas! See over 10,000 sq feet of a variety of Islamic
Art. This year the Festival will also feature "Refugee Art"
from overseas and locally. Have a fun day with the family
with kids activities, halal food trucks and great art.
Date: November 11-12, 2018
Location: Masjid Al Salam Champions Islamic Center, 16700
Old Louetta Rd, Houston 77070
Welcome all! Admissions Free!
For more information,
November 17, 2018 -
Houston Gaza 5K + Dabke Party
FIRST EVER HOUSTON GAZA 5K + DABKE PARTY
MOVING FOR MENTAL HEALTH
The Gaza 5K is an annual walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA. This
event raises funds for UNRWA emergency assistance in the
Gaza Strip, including the Community Mental Health Programme
(CMHP), which supports thousands of refugee children in Gaza
affected by PTSD and other psychological trauma.
UNRWA's Community Mental Health Programme changes lives and
restores hope for children impacted by trauma.
You can take action against the US Administration's decision
to cut UNRWA funding and make this program accessible to
Palestine refugee children by participating in the Gaza 5K.
Why we move for mental health
In light of the UNRWA funding crisis and the deteriorating
humanitarian conditions, we're fundraising to provide UNRWA
emergency assistance in the Gaza Strip, including its
Community Mental Health Programme for refugee children and
families who suffer from trauma due to repeated Israeli
military assaults and the continued blockade.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Cullen Park, 9008 Saums Rd, Houston, TX
For more information and to donate, visit
November 23-25, 2018 -
Join Us on this Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 23- Nov 25 for
12th Annual ICNA-MAS South Central Convention at Houston
Marriott Westchase Insha’Allah
Highlights: Bazaar | Midnight Brothers Basketball Tournament
| Interactive Presentations | Parallel Sessions | Youth
lectures | Sisters Only Program | Matrimonial Service & Much
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr,
Houston, TX 77042
For more information, visit
December 9, 2018 -
CAIR-Houston Annual Banquet
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 6 pm
Location: Hilton Post Oak, Houston
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Hall of Ancient Egypt
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing
its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian
civilization flourished for more than three
millennia. A quintessential example of what
archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient
Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to
develop its own architecture, writing and
religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in
The themes of writing, religion, natural resources
and of course mummification will be explored in this
new permanent exhibition hall.
When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public
Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555
Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030
Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world
has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present
artifacts collected during these early days of
investigations, and will also compare old-style
archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as
using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate
and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy,
Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in
time for the opening on May 24, 2013.
For more information,
Click here for a list of Past Events.