Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated August 13, 2017

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SAC Scholarship Program for 2017-2018

This is the 22nd year for the Syrian American Club Scholarship Program and qualified students in our community are invited to apply to the program for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Students who graduated from high school this year and plan to attend college are encouraged to apply. Students who are undergraduates in a four year college program may also apply if they are in their junior year or below.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to those with the highest qualifications and/or greatest need.
For more information: Program Description   Application Form


August 2017  -  SAC Arabic Language School 2017-2018

The Syrian American Club is delighted to resume its Arabic classes for this school year! The fall semester for Arabic School will begin on Saturday, August 26th. We have now opened registration for returning students. New student registration will take place on Saturday, August 12th at Al-Sham Center from 11:30 am to 1:00pm. Mrs. Hazami will be available for orientation and new student testing to ensure proper level placement of the new students.
For more information:  Flyer   Application

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at For specific language questions, please contact Mrs. Hazami Nabulsi at


August 26, 2017  -  Free Citizenship Workshop

Join us for a free session on citizenship.
A service of the St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston

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September 2017  -  ACC Arabic School Resumes (Kids - Youth - Adults)

Arabic classes at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) will resume Saturday September 16th.
Come meet with the Teachers and register on Saturday September 9th.
Please follow us and like our Arabic School Facebook page (Dr. Amer Sabbagh ACC Arabic School Facebook) to check our School events & activities.
The Dr. Amer Sabbagh ACC Arabic School (for kids) operates on Saturdays and also on Sunday for those who cannot attend Saturday School. Classes are held from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. on either day.
The Arabic classes consist of a combination of language lessons, conversational time, support activities, and Arabic software reinforcement. We make it fun for kids to learn the language through Marketplace simulation, Arabic movies days, and other hands-on activities.

Arabic Classes for Youth operates on Saturdays and also on Sunday for those who cannot attend Saturday School. Classes are held for 2 hours on either day.

Arabic Classes for Adults operates on Saturdays. Classes are held for 1 hour and half.

To learn more about the school and to register, please call 832.351.3366 or email us at



September 12, 2017  -  Women's Interfaith Eid Celebration and Dinner
An evening for women of all faith backgrounds to explore Islam and celebrate the contr
ibutions of Muslim women around the world and in Houston.
Presented by Houston Pink Iftar, the Women’s Interfaith Table of Houston, and the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer.
* Opening remarks by Wafa Abdin, Vice President, Immigration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
* Traditional evening prayers by observant Muslim women
* Conversation over dinner catered by Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill - tables of 10 with 2 Muslim women leaders and 8 guests

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Reynolds Hall at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston.
Free parking available in the Cathedral garage, 511 San Jacinto.
Tickets $40 per person, table for eight $320.00 -- available online and by mail. To purchase by check, remit payment to Rothko Chapel and note Pink Iftar on the memo line. Mail to: Pink Iftar, c/o Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, Texas 77006, (713) 524-9839

Contact Suna Umari, (713) 416-2437,, with questions.



October 6, 2017  -  Debate: Muslim-Americans Should Join the Republican Party

Save the Date for Risala's first-ever Oxford-style debate!
For decades, many held that Muslim-Americans would be a natural constituency for the Republican party. However, in the intervening years since 9/11, the relationship between the Republican party and Muslim-Americans has become strained, reaching a nadir during the recent presidential election. According to an exit poll, 13% of Muslim-Americans voted for Trump.

As Wajahat Ali wrote recently in The New York Times, "American Muslims face a choice: vote Democratic or vote themselves off the Republicans have embraced an extreme anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim platform, has the Democratic party emerged as our only viable political home?"

Join us as we debate the motion, "Muslim-Americans should join the Republican Party" with our two superbly qualified guests.

For the Motion: Sherif Zaafran, President, Texas Medical Board

Against the Motion: Mustafa Tameez, Founder and Managing Director, Outreach Strategists, LLC

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 7 PM - 10 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
SHERIF ZAAFRAN, M.D., of Houston, is the president of the Texas Medical Board. Dr. Zaafran is an anesthesiologist and president of US Anesthesia Partners Southwest Division. He is a delegate for the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and an alternate delegate and member of the Committee on Future Models Anesthesia for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Additionally, he is chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and is vice-chair for the Harris County Medical Society Delegation to TMA. Zaafran studied biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston.

MUSTAFA TAMEEZ, Houston-based strategists and consultant, is the founder and managing director of the communications firm Outreach Strategists. For many years, he has helped clients overcome and manage communications challenges in the United States and globally, focusing on communications and public affairs. He now provides insight and consulting on media and public affairs matters to the business and non-profit sector. His firm serves clients and projects from a wide range of sizes and scopes, from local interest to national governments.

Outside of Outreach Strategists, Mustafa holds a seat on the Unity National Bank's Board of Directors; is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the South Asian Chamber of Commerce; a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum; a director with Texas Lyceum, and a news analyst and contributor for the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Tribune, and FOX 26 in Houston. His input has been included in articles for the New York Times, The Guardian and other publications. He also co-hosts a popular Sunday morning show on FOX 26, The Round-Up. Texas Monthly magazine named him one of five political players to watch in Texas.
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October 14, 2017  -  ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Annual Gala for 2017 will highlight the People & Culture of Syria.
Gala Chairs: Hadia Mawlawi & Mariam Haddad
Honoring: Dr. Aziz Shaibani, Mr. Said Fattouh, and The Syrian American Club
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
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October 20, 2017  -  Aspiring for Abraham- An Interfaith Event

Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU).
In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU. In 2006, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University. In 2007, Imam Latif’s position was fully institutionalized at New York University, and so he committed himself to that institution and the building of a Muslim life institution.

Imam Latif’s dedication and ability to cross faith and cultural boundaries on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department when he was 24 years old. Since then, Imam Latif has dedicated himself to America’s largest police department, and has developed tremendously valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding, and productive relationships between cultures, communities, and religions.

Imam Latif has not only managed to build a strong Muslim institution at NYU, but he has offered his experience to the U.S. State Department, various institutions, corporations, mosques, and other communities in the United States, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, and Egypt. He is a highly sought-after speaker, offering to diverse audiences his unique blend of motivational speaking, leadership insights, spiritual development, and religious awareness. He has been invited to speak at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Yeshiva University, St. John's University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California-Davis, University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Princeton University, The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), the Ohio State University and Harvard University. Imam Latif has been quoted or otherwise featured on numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, BET, the guardian and GEO TV. Amongst many awards and distinctions for leadership and community service over the last few years, Imam Latif was most recently named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2010 by Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.

In 2009, Imam Latif was a runner-up in the FaithTrust Institute's National Sermon Contest for his sermon "Real Men Don't Hit Women".

Imam Latif is one of the principal subjects of Chelsea Clinton's 2014 documentary film "Of Many".

Since 2010 Imam Latif has run a daily blog for the HuffPost Religion during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in 2011 winning the Brass Crescent Award. Among his many honors is being named the 2012 Christian Science Monitor's "30 under 30" list. In 2014, Imam Latif was honored with the NYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his continued work to help bridge gaps between different faith groups.

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM - 10 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
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October 28, 2017  -  Houston Egyptian Festival
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: Discovery Green, Downtown Houston
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November 12, 2017  -  CAIR-Houston's Annual Banquet
"Living our faith: Defending freedom"
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 4 pm - 8 pm
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
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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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