Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated September 19, 2018

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ACC 2018-2019 Scholarship Announcement
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, 2018.

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 non-profit organization.

5. Attach an official transcript of your grades from your high school and college (if you have begun taking classes).

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 was awarded.

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 Pack.

For more information, please email: school@acchouston.org.


September 21, 2018  -  Syrian American 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 8:00 pm
Location: Hilton Post Oak

Performance by Tarab Singer Yousef Shamoun

Click on the following link for online reservations and payment: https://www.syrianamericanclub.com/galaticketoptions.html


October 6, 2018  -  Women's Conference 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, 2018
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 Peace?" Conference
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. Speakers include:
• 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 Institute
• Rev. Jim Winkler, President of National Council of Churches
• 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 Palestine.
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 the U.S.
If you would like more information about this event, please call Tori Pelz at 214.502.2269 or email communications@brightstarsbethlehem.org.

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 Festival
It's finally here! Bright Stars of Bethlehem is coming to Texas for a multi-city festival of Palestinian culture.
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 Bethlehem
- Musical performances by Georges Lammam Ensemble
- Palestine Unlimited exhibition of Palestinian photography
- 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, click here.


October 13, 2018  -  ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
Arab American 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 Award
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, click here.


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
Click here for more information.


October 26, 2018 - Being Muslim: Reflections from an Author's Journey

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 practice Islam.

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 the way.

"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 Hamza Yusuf

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., Houston
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 others.

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.

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October 27, 2018  -  Im Hussein & Ajyal Theatrical Group: Double Trouble
For more information, visit https://www.imhussein.com/.


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 Food Trucks.
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, click here.



November 17, 2018  -  Houston Gaza 5K + Dabke Party

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 http://www.gaza5k.org/houston/.


November 23-25, 2018  -  ICNA-MAS South-Central Convention
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 more!!
November 23-25, 2018
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr, Houston, TX 77042
For more information, visit http://icnatexas.org/.



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
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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