Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated May 23, 2017

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Community Needs Survey Feedback by ACC
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) in Houston is conducting a community-wide short survey to obtain YOUR opinion, our community and constituents, Arabs and friends of Arabs, about social service needs and cultural programs YOU want to see offered at your ACC Center. The survey can be accessed through the following link:
Our goal is for our center to align its services and programs with the community needs and interests in order to better serve you.
We kindly request you take about 8 minutes (max) of your time to complete this survey and help us build better and more responsive community resources for the future. We are not collecting any names so you can rest assured that your responses will remain anonymous.
Please share this Survey with your network of friends and family. We will share the results statistics with you all once the survey closes.
Thank you in advance! Your feedback is important to us!
For more information, visit


Now through June 17, 2017  -  SAC 2017 Eid Toy Drive
It's that wonderful time of the year again when we all get together and honor the Eid spirit.
The Syrian American Club's Refugee Services Committee, is setting up a toy drive to benefit Syrian children in need of our attention.
The smallest gift can mean the world to a child. As you celebrate with your family, take a moment to let these children know they are loved. We hope you will share the joy this Eid and open your hearts.
As usual, our goal is to include kids of all ages. Babies to teens. Gift cards for the older children are highly encouraged (a uniform amount of $20 from Target or Walmart would be ideal).
Please drop off your NEW, UNWRAPPED gift and Gift Cards at:
Al-Sham Center
5729 Winsome Lane
Houston, TX 77057
Items may be dropped off every Saturday, now through June 17, 2017
Collection Times: 10:30am - 3:00pm


May 25, 2017  -  Houston Stands with Palestinian Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Israeli Consulate, 24 Greenway Plaza #1500, Houston, TX 77046
Houston Stands in Solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Israel.
On Thursday May 25, university students, human rights advocates, and concerned members of the Houston community will undertake a symbolic hunger strike and peaceful protest in solidarity with more than 1500 Palestinian political prisoners that have been on hunger strike, abstaining from food and drinks, since April 17, 2017.
Drawing attention to the plight of Palestinian prisoners and their open-ended “Strike for Dignity and Freedom”, we will assemble in front of the Consulate General of Israel in Houston. Participants will contribute to the global #SaltWaterChallenge that has been launched in support of the demands of the Palestinian political prisoners. A variety of creative performances will take place, and prominent members of the Houston academic, cultural, and human rights community will address the peaceful assembly.
Palestinian prisoners are demanding an immediate end to medical negligence, solitary confinement, and administrative detention, a common practice by Israeli authorities where a prisoner is detained for periods up to six months — renewed indefinitely — without a trial or charge. They are also asking for longer and more frequent family visits, opportunities for secondary and higher education, and better access to medical care and services. Currently, these basic needs are denied to the 6500 Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated by the Israeli authorities.
Since the launch of the hunger strike in Palestine, the Israeli Prison Service has isolated the prisoner leaders into solitary confinement, confiscated clothes and personal belongings, and moved other strikers around the prisons to limit communication. Israel has received wide scale international condemnation for its policies towards the prisoners and the Palestinian people as a whole, but it nevertheless continues to violate the will of the international community.
Through this action, we insist that Israel immediately meet the demands of the Palestinian prisoners. We also express our support for the Palestinian people and its just quest for liberation, return, equality, and self-determination. Finally, we demand that Israel end its policies of apartheid, colonization, military occupation, displacement, dispossession, and mass incarceration. 
Hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.


May 25, 2017  -  Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam

Feminist Perspectives of the Divine in Islam
A conversation with Asma Uddin
How does a Muslim woman's perspective of the Divine shape a person's faith and commitment to religious liberty and social equity? Asma Uddin is at the forefront of this conversation, creating the space for women to make their faith their own. Uddin is the Director of Strategy for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Almuslimaath (, a highly praised web magazine dedicated to issues on gender and Islam. Uddin speaks and publishes widely on issues of national and international religious freedom, as well as gender and faith. Her work has been published by numerous law reviews and prominent university presses. She guest-edited a special issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs and is co-editing a forthcoming book of essays by women who have faced religious persecution. She also serves on the Advisory Council for The Institute for Global Engagement's Center for Women, Faith and Leadership. A reception follows the program.
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St, Houston, Texas 77006
Hosted by Rothko Chapel.
For more info, visit


May 28, 2017  -  Houston Annual Ramadan lftar with Mayor Turner

Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045
6:00PM - Seating
6:45 PM - Program
8:19 PM - Iftar and Prayer
8:30 PM - Dinner
Registration is a MUST.
For more information and/or to register, visit



June  2 & 16, 2017  -  Ramadan Nights (ليالي رمضان) at the Arab American Center
A Family Event
Ramadan is observed by a large segment of Arabs (and non Arabs) around the Globe as a month-long of fasting from sunrise to sunset and also as a month of giving, self reflection, and self control.
Join us for two nights of immersion into Ramadan traditions and cultural rituals from the Arab World. Bring your Non Arab Friends for a night of cross cultural discovery experience.
June 2nd: will be highlighting Ramadan traditions from the Gulf countries and the Levant Regions
June 16th: will be highlighting Ramadan traditions from the Nile and Maghreb Regions

  Check-in: 7:00 p.m.
Dinner Buffet Opens at Sunset at the time of breaking the fast
  • Visit a makeshift traditonal arabian decor corner
  • Learn about Ramadan festivities from several Arab countries
  • Taste the Delicious traditional dishes and dessert from the respective Arab regions
  • Enjoy the Ramadan evening program
Kindly note that all tickets need to be booked online and purchased ahead of time prior to the event.

Due to food pre-ordering and limited seating, we cannot accommodate ANY tickets sales at the door, no exceptions. We thank you for your understanding.
Places are limited to 200 seats including children, therefore register early to guarantee a spot. Ticket sales will close by Saturday May 27th by Midnight.

  • Regular Tickets: Adults and Kids 12 years and above: $12
  • Children Tikets: Kids under 12 years old: $5
  • Regular Tickets: Adults and Kids 12 years and above: $15
  • Children Tikets: Kids under 12 years old: $8
Children under 2 years old are free
Children with tickets will be seated with their parents at the table. There will be no babysitting

Tickets are non refundable.
Bring a toy, game, or kitchen item with you to donate to refugees families in town. We will be collecting the donated toys and distribute them before the end of Ramadan. We kindly ask for NEW items only. Please do not wrap up the items as we will be sorting them to assign to families according to age and gender.
We Look Forward to Seeing You!

To RSVP and purchase your Tickets, click here.

Arab American Cultural & Community Center
10555 Stancliff rd. Houston TX 77099  


June/July, 2017  -  Summer Arabic Courses for Kids & Adults

Arabic Summer Camp for Kids

Give your child an opportunity to immerse in the Arab culture through this Arabic language and cultural experience camp
Session 1:
June 12th to June 16th- Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Session 2: June 19th to June 23rd- Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston
For more information & Registration, Click Here.

Yalla Ndardesh! Arabic Conversational Summer Classes - For Adults
These classes are designed for adult students and meet every Saturday from June 3rd to July 22nd
We offer three types of Conversational classes:
Yalla Ndardesh: Level 1
This class offers students who completed basic introductory to Arabic (Levels beginner 1 and/or 2) a chance to practice basic conversations related to daily life topics along with an introduction to the Arab culture.
Timing: June 3rd - July 22nd
Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Yalla Ndardesh: Level 2
This class offers students who completed upper intermediate or advanced levels a chance to practice advanced and more structured conversations related to daily life and other related topics (such as; daily life situations, careers, cultural events and occasions, Tourism, etc., in an environment of team work and group discussions and field visits to Arab shops or cafes.
Timing; June 3rd - July 22nd
Saturdays: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Introductory to Business Arabic
This class offers students a basic introductory to business vocabulary, basic cultural, touristic, and business conversations, and an introductory to the Arabic culture and traditions. Students will learn how to introduce themselves, partners, and businesses, in addition to forming cultural ice-breaking statements in Arabic. This class is suitable for those working at an Arab Multinational in town or those expats ready for an overseas assigned to an Arab country.
Timing: June 3rd - July 22nd
Saturdays: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston
For more information & Registration, Click Here.

For any questions, please email or call 832-351-3366.


June 4, 2017  -  Rays of Change 2017

Amaanah's annual benefit dinner for resettled refugees in Houston.
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Location: Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St, Houston, Texas 77010
Hosted by Amaanah Refugee Services.

For more information, click here.


June 9, 2017  -  ISGH Interfaith Iftar 2017

Join the ISGH Interfaith Team for a meal that transcends any generational, ethnic or religious differences. Iftar or “breaking the fast” is an important holy act for Muslims during the sacred month of Ramadan. Listen to people of diverse faiths speak on their unique spiritual experience, engage in meaningful conversations, and celebrate our united interfaith community with a festive meal.

This event is open to guests of other faiths and designed to give a glimpse into Islam, Ramadan, and the practice of fasting. We hope to transform our community through the power of relationships and shared experiences.

Attendees will have the opportunity for friendly discussion over dinner.
Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: Tempura Halal Restaurant, 10640 FM-1960 W, Houston, Texas 77070
BREAK Bread | BREAK Down Stereotypes | BREAK Fast
#Indivisible #BreakBread #Interfaith #Ramadan

To register for this limited seating event, please visit
Although this is a free event, registration is required.



July 6-9, 2017  -  Annual Ramallah Convention

This year, the Ramallah Social Club of Houston will be hosting the Annual Ramallah Convention.
Date: July 6, 2017 to July 9, 2017
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive , Houston, TX 77042
We plan on having multiple events throughout the weekend for all ages, from kids/adult activities during the day, to banquets/parties at night!
For more information, visit


May 11-July 15, 2017  -  REFUGEE Exhibition
Hosted by FotoFest International
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: FotoFest International, 2000 Edwards St, Houston, Texas 77007
FotoFest presents an important exhibition addressing the global refugee crisis.
FotoFest presents The Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE, May 11 – July 15, 2017 at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007. It is the first presentation of the exhibition in the Southwest, and coincides with World Refugee Day, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
FotoFest galleries are free and open to the public Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm, through July 15, 2017.
REFUGEE reflects the humanity at the heart of the crisis. Every day, tens of thousands of people across the globe flee their homes, uprooting their lives, to escape violence or persecution. It is most often a final act of desperation.
The numbers are staggering. One in every 122 people on Earth is a refugee. Globally, the total forcibly displaced from their home exceeds 65 million – the highest number ever recorded. Over half are children. It is a crisis that cannot be ignored.
Featuring five internationally acclaimed photographers especially commissioned to document the full range of the refugee experience:
Lynsey Addario
Omar Victor Diop
Graciela Iturbide
Martin Schoeller
Tom Stoddart
The photographers were supported by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
REFUGEE is curated by:
Patricia Lanza, Director of Talent & Content, The Annenberg Space for Photography
and Elisabeth Biondi, former Visual Editor of the New Yorker
The Exhibition is toured by Prodigy Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California
For more information, visit


July 15-30, 2017  -  Know Your Homeland Camp2

Join the Palestinian American Council in Palestine this Summer!

July 15, 2017 - July 30, 2017
Ages: Above 15 years old (unless accompanied with a parent)

Cost: Pay only your ticket
For more information and/or to register, visit


October 14, 2017  -  ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
More info will be posted as it becomes available.


October 28, 2017  -  Houston Egyptian Festival
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: Discovery Green, Downtown Houston
For more information, visit


Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
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 house.”

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.

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