Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements
 
   

The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices. Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area. To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.
 
 
 2016 Events

Click here for a list of UPCOMING events._

   
 

December 23-24, 2016  -  Texas Dawah Convention

Click here for more information.
 


 

December 23-24, 2016  -  National Latino Muslims Convention

Click here for more information.
 


 

Share a Gift with Refugees Families & Kids
  
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) is sending out a call to our members and friends to help us share gifts to the refugees families and kids for the holidays. We will only accept new items:

- Toys
- Babies stuff
- Gifts for ladies (no clothes please)
- Gifts for men (no clothes please)
 
Please bring your gifts ready in gifts bags.

We do appreciate your kind and generous donations, sharing our blessings and happiness with others. Please make sure to drop your gifts maximum by Thursday December 22nd, 2016 to give us enough time to distribute them on Friday December 23rd, 2016. Kindly drop them at ACC located at 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston TX 77099, Monday - Friday (9:30am -4:30pm)
 
Volunteers needed: We also need volunteers to help us in sorting and dropping off the gifts on December 22nd and 23rd, 2016. Please have a look on this link to sign up.:

** Please feel free to sign up for more than one slot if you can. Volunteering allows you to follow your passion while contributing to a good cause to your community
 
 


 

December 18, 2016  -  Marcel, Rami and Bachar Khalife
 
Marcel, Rami and Bachar Khalife will be performing live at the Day for Night visually immersive art and music festival.
 
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.
Location: Red Stage, Barbara Jordan Post Office, 401 Franklin Street, Houston 77201
 
Lebanese composer, vocalist, and oud (Arabic lute) enthusiast Marcel Khalife has been performing across the globe since the early 1970s. While music started to become a profession for Khalife, traveling across the world to showcase his solo oud performances, he also taught at the National Academy of Music in Beirut until 1975. Khalife, who has more than two dozen releases under his belt, is also widely regarded for his humanitarian pursuits. In 1999, he was granted the Palestine Award for Music, contributing the financial portion of the award to the National Conservatory of Music at Birzeit University in Palestine, and Khalife was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2005.  In 2011, Khalife began a new familial collaboration with his sons, Rami and Bachar, which showcases a fusion of oriental, electronic, classical and percussive music composed by the trio. The father-son trio presents a high-energy intermingling of the oud, piano and percussion, electronic synthesizers and korg keyboards.
  
For more information, click here.
 


 

December 16, 2016  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
 
The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
 
Date: Friday, December 16th
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
Winter Celebration
The ladies at Bait AlArab invite all community ladies to our ladies night gathering for Winter Celebration on Friday December 16th at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• All Ladies are welcomed to dress red and/or green to show the spirit of the Holidays.
• Each lady will get a gift for gift exchange that does not exceed $15.00 (if participating).
• Come ready for a karaoke night.
• Games,raffle Door prize and much more.
• Bring a Dish to Share
 
Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
 
Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child. The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.
 
 


 

December 13, 2016 - Syria: Policy Options for the Trump Administration
 
Since 2011, Syria’s Arab uprising has devolved into civil war and humanitarian disaster. Thousands have been killed and millions displaced, internally and externally. Radical groups have spawned with destabilizing consequences for the country, the region and the globe. The wars in Iraq and Syria have severely challenged the Middle East state system and opened the door for renewed international interventions. The Trump administration faces a daunting task and inherits a region in turmoil with an unclear way forward.

Addressing the challenges in Syria is a very complex undertaking, and U.S. policy to help resolve the Syrian conflict, eliminate the Islamic State and deal effectively with key regional and international players is under question. Policymakers and the new U.S. administration must also plan for the day after, developing policies to structure a post-war landscape that promotes stability and good governance in what has been a diverse and multiethnic society.

On Dec. 13, the Baker Institute's Center for the Middle East hosts a panel of recognized Syria experts to discuss the key issues and possible policy options for the new U.S. administration.
 
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm — Panel Discussion
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005
 
Featured Speakers:

The Honorable Ryan Crocker, Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Afghanistan
The Honorable Robert Ford, Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Algeria
Joshua Landis, Ph.D., Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma
Charles Lister, Fellow, Middle East Institute
Randa Slim, Ph.D., Director, Initiative for Track II Dialogues, Middle East Institute
Andrew J. Tabler, Fellow, The Washington Institute

Moderated by
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Israel
 
For more information and/or to register, click here.
 


 

December 3, 2016  -  A Night on The Nile & Cultural Event
 
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
Join the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) for a taste of a Night on The Nile event on December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Arab American Center. The evening will be a cultural immersion experience and will include:
 
- Egyptian & Sudanese Folklore:
  *The "Lion of Babylon" live to indulge us with amazing Egyptian Songs.
  *The Sudanese Singer "Dr. Hamza Suleiman"
  * Live Egyptian Folklore & Upper Egyptian Dancing
  (Anna Ahlam Academy & Amira Oasis Dance Company)
  *Sal Maktoub - Tanoura Dancing
- Ethnic food & dessert from Egypt & Sudan
- Country display booth of artifacts and traditional items
- Booths for Henna and Calligraphy (Vendors- Extra fees)
 
This event is a family events (kids older than 3) and requires advance online ticket purchase through the link provided below; there will be no tickets sales at the door.
 
To purchase Tickets, please click here. Ticket price includes dinner:
 
Ticket price includes dinner: Adults: $15, Kids above 3: $5
 
Children under 12 will be in a separate room with a babysitter, no exception. We cannot take kids under 3 years old
 
Babysitting, Fun Activities, Movie, and Pizza/drinks are all included in the Children ticket
 
Event attendance is limited to 300 seats.
  
For more information, visit www.acchouston.org.

 
 


 

December 3, 2016  -  English Classes for Adults start at ACC
  

دورات لتعلم اللغة الإنجليزية

يبدأ المركز العربي الأمريكي فى هيوستن دورات للكبار لتعلم اللغة الإنجليزية وذلك ابتداء من يوم السبت الموافق الثالث من شهر ديسمبر 2016

يقدم البرنامج مستويين: المستوى الأول ، يناسب المبتدئين. المستوى الثانى، يناسب الذين يريدون أن يحسنوا اللغة لهدف العمل أو الدراسة المتقدمة أو بسبب دوافع أخرى

مبدئيا، ستنعقد المحاضرات مرة واحدة أسبوعيا ، كل يوم سبت من الساعة الواحدة وحتى الساعة الثالثة بعد الظهر وذلك بالنسبة للمستويين . قد تتغير المواعيد أو الأيام الخاصة بالمحاضرات لاحقا ، وذلك سيكون طبقا لطلب الدارسين

رسوم الدراسة رمزية وفى المتناول
لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى الإتصال برقم: 3366-351-832
أو أرسل استفسارك على البريد الإلكترونى التالي
school@acchouston.org

للمركز الحق فى إلغاء أى فصل دراسي، إذا كان عدد الدارسين أقل من 8

المركز العربي الأمريكي فى هيوستن

The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) is launching English classes for Adults starting December 3rd 2016.
 
We will be offering two levels: Level 1 (beginners) suitable for those with no prior formal knowledge of English. Level 2 is appropriate for those seeking to improve on their English for work or school advancement purpose, or for their own self-motivation.
 
Initially, both levels will meet weekly at the ACC on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. with the respective teachers. The meeting times could be later changed per the students' request and preferences.
 
The fees are reasonably priced.
For more information, Please call (832)351-3366 or email school@acchouston.org.
 
The ACC reserves the right to cancel classes if the minimum number of 8 students is not attained.
 
For more information, visit www.acchouston.org.
 
 


 

December 2, 2016  -  Day of Solidarity with Houston's Muslim People
 
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 1 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: 3110 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
  
For more information, click here.
 
 


 

December 1-2, 2016  -  Little Ghandi Film (2 Screenings)

December 1 – December 2
Dec 1 at 7 PM to Dec 2 at 5 PM
 
TWO Screenings in Houston for "Little Ghandi," featuring the Director Sam Kadi.
 
1) THURSDAY DECEMBER 1st at RICE UNIVERSITY at 7PM Register Online

2) FRIDAY DECEMBER 2nd at UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON at 2PM Register Online

Admission: Free to Students. General: $7.
 
Little Gandhi tells the heart-wrenching and tragic tale of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar. The story of Matar, dubbed "Little Gandhi” for his strict code of nonviolent protest, takes viewers through the Syrian people’s peaceful pursuit of freedom and democracy only to be met with live ammunition from the Syrian regime. While the documentary follows the journey of a young man dedicated to peaceful change – and the international attention his story received -- it also reflects the plight of all Syrians in their long fight for freedom.

Little Gandhi, the winner of "Excellence in Filmmaking” award at the 2016 European Independent Film Festival (Paris) and the “Best Foreign Documentary” at the 21st International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles, was invited for two special screenings in Washington, DC, back in March. The first screening took place on the Hill for Members of U.S. Congress, while the other was at the U.S. Navy Memorial with keynote speaker Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Human Rights, Tom Malinowski. The film was also screened in Doha, Qatar for Qatari and foreign dignitaries including ten international Ambassadors. Few weeks ago, the film was invited by Amnesty International to screen for the first time in London (UK). Little Gandhi will launch its university tour with a screening at Harvard University in Boston on Nov12.
 
For more info about the film: https://www.facebook.com/LittleGandhiMovie 
 
Trailer: https://youtu.be/Ht9juRpLFxg

   
For more information, click here.
 
 


 

November 28, 2016  -  So…What Now? A Q&A and Panel Discussion on the Impact of a Trump Administration on America's Immigrant, Minority, and Refugee Communities
 
Date: Monday November 28, 2016
Time: 4 pm
Location: Social Work 102, University of Houston
 
Featuring:

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, Director, UH Law Center Immigration Clinic

Dr. Luis Torres, Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Partnerships, Graduate College of Social Work

Dr. Emran El-Badawi, Director, Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Christina Sisk, Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies

Dr. Jodi Berger Cardoso, Assistant Professor, Graduate College of Social Work
 
This event is co-sponsored by the UH Center for Immigration Research (CIR), the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and the Department of Sociology.
 
 
 


 

November 25-27, 2016  -  Annual ICNA-MAS South Central Convention

Theme: " Quran - The Everlasting Guidance"
 
Join us as we embark on this awe inspiring, motivating and timeless journey of acquiring everlasting guidance given by the Quran.

As always the speakers will engage you, the knowledge will move you and the venue will please you.

Dates: Friday, 25th November – Sunday 27th November, 2016
Venue: Hilton Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010

For more info, visit https://www.icnahouston.org/.

 
 


 

November 21, 2016  -  Lebanese American writer Rabih Alameddine in Houston
 
Inprint Rabih Alameddine & Juan Gabriel Vásquez Reading
  
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm (doors open 6:45 pm)
Location: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
 
RABIH ALAMEDDINE’s novel An Unnecessary Woman, which The New York Times called “beautiful and absorbing,” was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, won le Prix Femina Etranger for 2016, and was on “best book” lists for The Washington Post, and NPR. A celebrated Lebanese American writer, his other works include The Hakawati, Koolaids, I, the Divine, and The Perv. He will read from his new novel The Angel of History, which tells the story of a Yemeni poet who reflects on his youth in Cairo and Beirut, and life in San Francisco during the AIDS epidemic. Library Journal, in a starred review says, “With humor and wit, Alameddine reconfigures the self in exile and all its implications.”
 
JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ is one of Latin America’s leading writers. His international bestseller The Sound of Things Falling won the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Alfaguara Novel Prize, and the English PEN Award. His other works translated into English include The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, and the story collection Lovers on All Saints’ Day. He will read from his novel Reputations, told from the point of view of an aging, legendary political cartoonist. Kirkus Reviews describes it as “[S]pare but powerful.... A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis.”
 
Tickets: $5 general admission, available at www.inprinthouston.org. Tickets are free at the door for students and senior citizens.
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

November 17, 2016  -  IM's For All Humanity Luncheon

Join us on November 17th in support of newly arrived refugees in Houston and other services of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.
 
Asha and Farid Virani
2016 Humanitarian Award Honorees
 
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. – Reception and Market Place, Noon – Luncheon and Program
Location: Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston
 
Supporting Refugee Resettlement and the other services of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

To reserve your seat or table, click here.

 
 


 

November 13, 2016  -  القضية الفلسطينية امام تحديات مصيرية ٠٠٠ ما العمل؟
C
hallenges facing the Palestinian People, and what to do about them

 
Speaker: Dr. Hani Al-Masri, Director General of Masarat, the Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies. He is also Policy Advisor at Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. He has published hundreds of articles, research and policy papers.
  
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston
   
Organized by the Palestinians American Cultural Center and the Arab American Cultural & Community Center.
    
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

November 13, 2016  -  Gender Justice in Islam

Presented by Dr. Zahra N. Jamal, Associate Director at Rice University's Boniuk Institute
 
Islam is often seen today as a religion that subordinates, oppresses, and discriminates against women. However, Muslims themselves often argue that the "real" Islam liberates, lauds, and protects women. Muslims and non-Muslims are reaching different conclusions on this issue. Some reject Islam altogether, others reject the way that the Quran, the Muslim Holy Book, has been interpreted, while still others embrace the traditional role of women articulated in earlier interpretations of the Quran. In these discussions, the question of gender equality in Islam is central, and specific practices like veiling and polygamy are the subject of debate as examples of gender (in)equality. In this class, we will learn about gender equality in Islam, as articulated in the Quran, and as interpreted by various people, including feminist scholars, religious leaders (imams), and "everyday" Muslims in a range of contexts, from the US to Egypt to Iran.
 
Dr. Zahra Jamal is Associate Director at Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University. She has taught at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Michigan State University (MSU), and Palmer Trinity. She founded and directed the Civil Islam Initiative at University of Chicago and the Central Asia and International Development Initiative at MSU. As well, Dr. Jamal served as Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of American Muslims at the DC-based think tank, The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. She has consulted for the UN, State Department, Aga Khan Development Network, Swiss Development Cooperation, and Aspen Institute. Dr. Jamal received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, and double B.A. in Slavic Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Rice University.
   
For more information, click here.
 
 


 

November 13, 2016  -  ALCC Fall Celebration Picnic

American Lebanese Culture Center Fall Celebration Picnic

Join us for Fun family day.

Date: November 13, 2016
Time: 12 noon till 5:30 PM
Location: Dewberry Farm, FM 362 and Morrison Road, Brookshire, TX 77423
 
$25/ person, children under 12 years $15, 2 years and under are free.
 
RSVP IS REQUIRED, Please register and prepay with the secure link here.

    
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

November 13, 2016  -  Syrian American Club Fall Picnic

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Fall Picnic on Sunday, November 13th at Bear Creek Park. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs, games, and anything else that will make your time more enjoyable at the park!
 
Please note that the deadline for RSVP is Wednesday, November 9th. Reservations can only be made online here. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
 
Please feel free to call us at (713) 266-5577 or email us at syrianamericanclub@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
 
Click here for event flyer.

 
 


 

November 11, 2016  -  Islamic State and the Disintegration of the Middle East  CANCELLED

The Arab-American Educational Foundation presents "Islamic State and the Disintegration of the Middle East" by Patrick Cockburn.
 
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Rice University, Keck Hall, Room 100, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
 
Mr. Cockburn is an award-winning writer who is the author of many articles and books on national security, specializing in analysis of Iraq, Syria, and wars in the Middle East. He writes for The Independent, and is Washington editor of Harper's Magazine.
 
Mr. Cockburn’s Awards:
 - 2014 Foreign Reporter of the Year (The Press Awards)
 - 2014 Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year (British Journalism Awards UK Press Gazette)
 - 2013 Foreign Commentator of the Year (Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards)
 - 2010 International Media Awards Peace Through Media Award
 - 2009 Orwell Prize
 - 2006 The National Book Critics Circle award, non-fiction shortlist
 - 2006 James Cameron Prize
 - 2005 Martha Gellhorn Prize

For more information, visit www.theaaef.org, or click here for event flyer.

 
 
 


 

November 11, 2016  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group

Date: Friday, November 11th
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099

Thanksgiving Month
The ladies at Bait AlArab invite all community ladies to our ladies night gathering Thanksgiving Month on Friday November 11th at 6 pm at the ACC.

Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• All Ladies are welcomed to dress long fancy dresses to show the spirit of the old days.
• Enjoy the cooking and the presentation of Chef Emy Aboujardeh .
• If you like Poetry, come and share your poem with us for a Poem Night.
• Games,raffle Door prize and much more.
• Bring a Thanksgiving Dish to Share
 
Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
 
Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child .
 
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.

 
 


 

November 10, 2016  -  The Limits of 'Universal' Heritage: Islam and the Preservation of the Past

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm
Location: Founder's Room (Lovett Hall, Entrance A, 2nd Floor), Rice University

Speaker: Stephennie Mulder
Associate Professor of Islamic Art, University of Texas at Austin
 
For centuries before the emergence of ISIS and other so-called Islamist iconoclasts – indeed, almost as early as the rise of Islam itself – Muslims valued Islamic and pre-Islamic antiquity and its localities in myriad ways: as sites of memory, spaces of healing, or places imbued with didactic, historical, and moral power. Ancient statuary were deployed as talismans, paintings were interpreted to foretell and reify the coming of Islam, and temples of ancient gods and churches devoted to holy saints were venerated, inhabited, or converted into mosques in ways that preserved their original meaning and, sometimes, even their architectural ornament and fabric.
 
Often, such localities were esteemed simply as places that elicited a sense of awe and wonder, or of reflection on the present relevance of history and the greatness of past empires – a theme so prevalent it created distinct genres of Arabic and Persian literature. Sites like Ctesiphon, the ancient capital of the Zoroastrian Sasanians, or the Temple Mount, where the Jewish temple had stood, were embraced by early companions of the Prophet Muhammad and incorporated into Islamic notions of the self. Various Islamic interpretive communities as well as Jews and Christians often shared holy places and had similar ritual and devotional relationships to such sites. However, although these locally-grounded relationships to sites of heritage were precisely the means of their preservation into modern times, the interjection of colonial rule imposed a new paradigm of “universal” heritage that denied and erased established local practices of heritage preservation.
 
This talk will challenge current “universal” archaeological and heritage models now prevalent by exploring some of the numerous historical examples of local preservation of heritage sites, and in doing so, will reveal the ways that throughout Islamic history Muslims, Christians, and Jews preserved and revered the past.
 
Stephennie Mulder is Associate Professor of Islamic Art at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a specialist in Islamic art, architecture, and archaeology in the medieval era, and she worked for over a decade as an archaeologist at the Islamic site of Balis in Syria. Dr. Mulder is the author of articles on Islamic art, archaeology, and architectural history, and is the recipient of the Hamilton Book Award, the Syrian Studies Association Award, and Iran’s World Prize for Book of the Year for her book The Shrines of the ‘Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’s and the Architecture of Coexistence. The book was also selected as one of Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles. She is on the board of several cultural heritage organizations and is the founder of UT Antiquities Action, a group that aims to raise awareness of cultural heritage loss and destruction around the world.
 
Sponsored by the Department of Art History at rice University.
 
For more information, click here. 

 
 


 

November 9, 2016  -  Turkey's Turmoils in an Unsettled Middle East
 
Sinan Ciddi, Institute of Turkish Studies - Georgetown University
 
Since the failed July 15th coup attempt in Turkey, policy makers are questioning norms about the country’s pro-western credentials. As the fallout progresses, it is increasingly apparent that the Erdogan regime aims to exact maximum benefit out of the incident in order to solidify his presidential power base. On the one hand, there has been a purge of the country’s military and bureaucratic cadres. On the other, there’s a reinvigorated attempt to dismember the Gulen movement and hold it accountable for instigating the coup. Both approaches are likely to strain Turkey’s relationship with NATO and the European Union. By imposing a “State of Emergency” rule, the Erdogan regime appears to be inciting public fervor in an attempt to bring back the death penalty—specifically for the coup plotters and Fetullah Gulen.
 
This approach is being sold to Turkey’s EU partners as necessary for preventing future coups. Furthermore, the State of Emergency rule is being used as a wide-net that not only targets coup conspirators, but also Erdogan opponents. This non-transparent, unaccountable state of rule is eroding Turkey’s already weakened democratic institutions and possibly curtailing Turkey’s EU bid.
 
Similarly, Erdogan and the AKP government of Binali Yildirim appear to be encouraging both anti-American/NATO and anti-EU sentiments in their public speeches and through their media outlets. Their aim is to put pressure on the US government to extradite Fetullah Gulen to Turkish authorities. Both the EU and the United States are still dependent on Turkey’s cooperation in prosecuting the war against the Islamist State and stemming the flow of refugees from Syria into Europe. To what extent will Erdogan take their efforts? Will the EU and US governments turn a blind eye to Turkey’s pronounced undemocratic slide? Or will they burn bridges with these two entities unless he gets what he wants?
 
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: Registration: 6:30 PM, Program: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX
 
Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. In addition to his teaching and researching at Georgetown, Ciddi also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies.He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science. Ciddi authors scholarly articles, opinion pieces, and book chapters on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy. He also participates in media appearances. Ciddi was born in Turkey and educated in the United Kingdom. He was previously an instructor at Sabanci University from 2004-2008 and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same institution from 2007-2008. Distinct from his articles and opinion editorials, Ciddi’s book, Kemalism in Turkish Politics: The Republican People’s Party: Secularism and Nationalism focuses on the electoral weakness of the Republican People’s Party. From 2008-2011, he established the Turkish Studies program at the University of Florida’s Center for European Studies.
  
Organized by the World A
ffairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 
 


 

November 6, 2016  -  CAIR-Houston Annual Banquet
  
Please join us for dinner and a program celebrating CAIR Houston's successes and plans for the future. Our annual banquet will be on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4 pm at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.
 
Our theme is Advancing Justice, Challenging Hate. Now is the time for both.
 
Our program will highlight why the battle against hate is so crucial and how to join us in our quest for justice.
 
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Time: 4 PM - 8 PM
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056
 
Our keynote speaker is Dean Obeidallah. An award-winning comedian who was at one time a practicing attorney, he is the host of The Dean Obeidallah show on SiriusXM radio. He can be seen frequently on cable TV shows such as Comedy Central's The Nightly Show, CNN and MSNBC. Dean is a columnist for The Daily Beast and writes frequently for CNN.com as well as other publications, and Tweets a daily stream of insightful and entertaining comments on the state of today's political and social climate.

Our program will also feature Corey Saylor, Director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at CAIR's national office, and champion for fighting anti-Muslim bias.

We will also hear from Hassan Shibly, Chief Executive Director of CAIR's Florida chapter.

Tickets are $75 per person. Child care will be provided. Please contact 713-397-9994 or rnasrullah@cair.com for more information.

Advance justice. Challenge hate. Together we can do it.
    
For more information, visit www.cairhouston.com.
 
 


 

November 5-6, 2016  -  Houston Turkish Festival
 
Saturday & Sunday November 5th and 6th, 2016

Two days of entertainment awaits you. A selection of the best live Turkish music, local bands, Turkish Folk Dance Groups and belly dancing performances are but a few the program will offer. Houston is a truly cosmopolitan city and we are proud to present some of the Turkish aspects of this mosaic. Our goal is to increase, promote and foster friendships by raising the public awareness and understanding of the Turkish culture and traditions while providing entertainment and learning.  The festival Grand Bazaar, with over 20 booths and stands, offers a wide variety of handcrafts and souvenirs reflecting the art and traditions of the Turkish culture. Let us not forget the little ones. Each year the festival dedicates an entire area to the children. There they can safely play, dance, do creative crafts and paint under the supervision of adult volunteers. Children’s corner also features face painting booth, a mini stage will also be set up for the Children to enjoy story telling, music and dance. Naturally, a key focus of any festival is the food! Turkishfest is especially known for its fabulous cuisine. The rich selection of kebobs, doners and pilafs is enhanced by home-made pastries, and drinks.

Click here for more information.  
  
 


 

November 5, 2016  -  "Spread The Warmth" Winter Blanket Drive
 
Let's join together and help "Spread The Warmth" this winter, by donating NEW twin, queen, or king sized winter blankets to families in need!
 
Al-Sham Center will be open to receive donations this Saturday, November 5th, from 9am until 4pm.
 
Al-Sham Center, 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, TX 77057
 
Thank you for your generosity and continued support!
 
Warm wishes,
The Syrian American Club

  
  
 


 

November 3, 2016  -  Understanding the Role of Ethics in Civil Discourse: Reflections of a Muslim Bioethicist

Dr. Bashir Jiwani

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 12:00pm
 
Living with others who are different from ourselves reality is an inescapable dimension of the contemporary global context. Rice University's Boniuk Institute, the Aga Khan Council of the Southwest and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston present Dr. Bashir Jiwani, Lead Ethicist and Director of Fraser Health Ethics Services and Diversity Services who will argue that encounters with others can and should be seen as opportunities for transformation leading to greater integrity and clearer identity. Seeing difference in this way requires a pluralist response to identity, which requires commitments to the values of trust, respect, honesty, and humility. Living with integrity requires living up to this value, which in turn requires skills of ethical literacy.
 
Dr. Bashir Jiwani is Ethicist and Director for Fraser Health Ethics Services, whose mandate includes clinical and organizational ethics and diversity services. Bashir is an experienced speaker, having done hundreds of workshops and presentations across the country and internationally. He speaks on issues in ethics and health ethics both for academic audiences and to health care administrators, providers, patients and the lay public.
   
For more information, click here.
 
  
 


 

November 2, 2016  -  I’m Not A Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV

"Challenging Extremist Ideology and Muslim Stereotypes, One Punchline at a Time."
 
Maz Jobrani
AUTHOR, COMEDIAN

Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Time: Registration: 6:30 PM, Program: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX
 
Maz Jobrani is an Iranian American comedian who performs live stand-up around the world—including the Middle East, where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. He has had three ShowTime specials, Brown and Friendly, I Come in Peace, and most recently, I'm Not a Terrorist, but I've Played One on TV. Jobrani has used his comedy for society reconciliation after 9/11 and the gap that was caused by Islamic extremism and ignorance. Since then, Muslim comedians in America were increasingly using this specific form of dark humor to reach out to bigger crowds and rebuilding trust while minimizing stereotypes. Comedians like Jobrani are also exporting their stand-up comedy to the Islamic world. He is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.

Most recently, Jobrani produced and starred in the award-winning indie comedy, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero. With over 50 guest star appearances, Jobrani can be seen often on popular shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, True Blood, and Shameless. He is also a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and has given two TED Talks.

Born in Iran, Jobrani moved with his parents to California when he was six years old. He studied political science and Italian at UC Berkeley, where he received his bachelor's degree. He then enrolled in a PhD. program at UCLA when he decided to pursue his childhood dream of acting and performing comedy. His LA Times Best Selling Book, I'm Not a Terrorist But I've Played One on TV, is a memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris.

Maz Jobrani's book, I'm Not a Terrorist, but I've Played One on TV, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.
   
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 
  
 


 

October 31, 2016 (deadline)  -  ACC 2016-2017 Scholarship
 
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 Monday, September 12th, 2016 to Friday, October 31st, 2016.
 
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 a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, and of Arabic origins.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

5. 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 October 31st, 2016.
Scholarship recipient will be notified starting November 14th, 2016.

Click here to download ACC Scholarship Application Pack

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

     


 

October 29-30, 2016  -  Islamic Arts Festival
 
3rd Annual Islamic Arts Festival
 
Masjid AlSalam, 16700 Old Louetta Rd, Houston, TX 77379

October 29th & 30th, 2016
10.30 am till 5.30 pm
 
Come and enjoy the rich tradition of Arts in Islam:
 
View Islamic calligraphy, woodwork, ceramic tiles, glasswork and paintings from local artists!

Experience the art of henna tattoo and calligraphy.

See Ebru & live painting demonstration

View slideshow and videos on Islamic art.

Interact with Artists and take part in silent auction.

Enjoy local cuisine from Halal Food Trucks!!

Welcome all! Admissions Free!
  
Click here for event flyer, or visit www.islamicartssociety.com/.
 
 


 

October 29, 2016  -  1st Annual Houston Egyptian Festival
 
Set your calendars for Saturday October 29th for the 1st Annual Houston Egyptian Festival at Discovery Green from 11 am - 8 pm. Come celebrate the wonderful culture of ancient Egypt and enjoy great food provided by Phoenicia Specialty Foods in one of Houston's most awesome outdoor venues.
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016
11 AM - 9 PM
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, Texas 77010
  
For more information, visit http://egyptfesthouston.com/.
 
 


 

October 18, 2016  -  Iran: A New Ally or the Same Old Foe?

Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian
FORMER IRANIAN AMBASSADOR AND SPOKESMAN FOR NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: Registration: 6:30 PM, Program: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: The Briar Club, The Ballroom, 2603 Timmons Lane , Houston

The Iran nuclear agreement reached last summer may alter the balance of power in the Middle East, as well as our country's approach to the region. The nuclear deal also represents a potential watershed moment for relations between the U.S. and Iran. Meanwhile, both nations are fighting one common foe: ISIS.

Furthermore, Iran's relations with U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States seem to have worsened with alleged proxy wars in Syria and Yemen.

Will more moderate politicians like President Rouhani improve relations between the U.S. and Iran, as well as other powers in the Middle East? Or will Ayatollah Khamenei and other hard-line political forces crush efforts for change?

Seyed Hossein Mousavian is an associate research scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a former diplomat who served as Iran's Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997), Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran's National Security Council (1997-2005), Spokesman for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the international community (2003-2005), Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (2005-2007), Vice President of the Center for Strategic Research for International Affairs (2005-2009), General Director of Foreign Ministry for West Europe (1987-1990), Chief of Parliament Administration (1984-1986), and the editor in chief of the English-language international newspaper Tehran Times (1980-1990).

Mousavian is also the author of several publications, including Iran-Europe Relations: Challenges and Opportunities, Additional Protocol and Islamic Republic's Strategy and Human Rights: Trends and Viewpoints. His book The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir was published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in June 2012. His latest book, Iran and the United States: An Insider's View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace, was published by Bloomsbury Publishers in May 2014.

Mousavian earned a PhD in international relations from the University of Kent in the U.K. He holds a master's degree from the University of Tehran and earned his bachelor's degree from the Universoty of California, Sacramento.

Organized by the World A
ffairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 
 


 

October 16, 2016  -  Presentation by Collateral Repair Project
   
Collateral Repair Project, a U.S. grassroots organization that helps Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Amman, Jordan with food, housing, education and trauma relief, will be making a presentation about their efforts at Al-Sham Center on October 16th at 5:00 pm.
 
Come show your support for this organization's great work.
 
Please RSVP by emailing us at syrianamericanclub@yahoo.com.
    
Click here for more details/event flyer.
 
 


 

October 15, 2016  -  Muslim Family Day
   
This one day extravaganza includes:
- Tons of Fun for Everyone
- Unlimited Rides for only $9.95
- Rides for the whole family
- Delicious Halal quality Zabihah Food Vendors!
- A friendly Muslim environment
- Salaah in the Park
- Ethnic Cultural Bazaar: Dozens of stalls for your shopping pleasure
- Dawah: Great chance to present Islam, and interact in the WhyIslam booth!
- Family Entertainment: Local talent, Qari's, Nasheed artists, Comedians & much more!
- A Spectacular Fireworks
  
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 11 am - 8 pm
Location: Islamic Outreach Center, 19025 Wilks Dr., Cypress, TX 77433
     
For more information, visit www.icnahouston.org/ioc/ or call (844) 888-4262 (option 2).
    
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

October 15, 2016  -  Museum of Islamic Art Fundraising Event
   
1st Annual fundraising event benefiting the Museum of Islamic Art.
  
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 7 pm
Location: The Islamic Dawah Center, 201 Travis, Houston, Texas 77002
     
For more information, visit http://islamicdawahcenter.org/.
    
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

October 15, 2016  -  Of Peace and Protest

WORLD PREMIERE OF A SYRIAN-INSPIRED COMMISSIONED WORK; Q&A WITH COMPOSERS AND SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM PAIR
 
Dissent comes in many forms, but none so beautifully affecting and powerfully potent than expressed through music. This program pays tribute to the displaced and to those seeking refuge from the clutches of totalitarianism. Syrian-American composer-pianist Malek Jandali joins Apollo for the world premiere of a newly commissioned piano quintet inspired by Syrian and Middle Eastern musical traditions. And a folk song set by celebrated Iranian- born composer Reza Vali, professor at Carnegie Mellon University, offers an enchanting glimpse into the beautiful music of Persia. Acclaimed Turkish-born pianist Erberk Eryilmaz performs works by Ahmed Saygun, the pioneer of music reform in the Republic of Turkey.
 
A portion of concert proceeds will be donated to the Houston-based refugee service organization PAIR (Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees).
 
Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 PM
7:30 PM - Pre-concert Q&A, moderated by St. John Flynn
8:00 PM - Concert
 
This performance has an estimated run time of 1 hour, 30 minutes with a one 15-minute intermission.
 
This performance is suitable for ages 8 years and up.
      
For more information, click here.
 
 
 


 

October 14, 2016  -  “On The Side Of The Road” Film Screening & Discussion with Director
   
Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israeli's collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying to uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. Attempting to shed light on the country's biggest taboo, she is met with outrage and violence.
 
Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Drive, Houston, TX 77057
 
Born in the USSR, Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Russian journalist and filmmaker living in Canada. She was the correspondent for The Real News Network in Israel/Palestine, and her work appears on Al Jazeera, USA Today, and 972 Magazine. Her previous films include Ethnocracy: Israel’s African Refugees (2015), No One Knows How to Make a Revolution (2012), and she is currently developing two new films, Mosqobiyyah and 1948/2048.
   
Click here for more details/event flyer.
 
 


 

October 14, 2016  -  ACC Ladies' Night Group Gathering
   
The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)

Date: Friday, October 14th
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099

The ladies at Bait AlArab invite all community ladies to our fifth ladies night gathering after Summer Break on Friday October 14th at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment

- All Ladies are welcomed to dress with a costume
- Enjoy the entertainment with the Singer AMANI
- Share your Summer adventures
- Bingo ,games, raffle Door prize and much more
- Bring a Sweet Dish to Share
 
Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
 
Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child.
 
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.
 
 


 

October 8, 2016  -  A Ban on Muslims? America and the Election
 
Risala Foundation is pleased to host Wajahat Ali and Edina Lekovic for an event that will coincide with the upcoming US General Election.

The 2016 election has placed Muslims in the spotlight with the proverbial "Ban on Muslims" taking center stage as a political issue. Add to that the turmoil in the Middle East, terrorism in France and issues of Islamophobia closer to home and it is no wonder that Muslims are keenly observing this political season with dread and concern.

How should American-Muslims handle this moment in history? What should be our reaction? What does the future hold for us, given experiences of other minorities?

Given the recent rhetoric, this discussion will focus on the struggles other minority populations have had in our history while also keeping an eye on healing and moving beyond - to a more Perfect Union.
 
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
 
Both our speakers are uniquely qualified for this important conversation. Wajahat Ali is a frequent guest on mainstream media and Edina Lekovic is an public policy activist.
 
Join us for a timely and very important discussion on the future of Muslims in America.
 
WAJAHAT ALI is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department. As Creative Director of Affinis Labs, he works to create social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a positive impact for marginalized communities, and to empower social entrepreneurs, young leaders, creatives, and communities to come up with innovative solutions to tackle world problems.

Previously, Ali helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America. He focused on stories of communities and individuals often marginalized or under-reported in mainstream media. Ali is also the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11—which was published by McSweeney's and performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. Currently, with Dave Eggers, Ali is writing a television show about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area. He was also the lead author and researcher of “Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” the seminal report from the Center for American Progress.

In 2012, Ali worked with the U.S. Department of State to design and implement the “Generation Change” leadership program to empower young social entrepreneurs. He initiated chapters in eight countries, including Pakistan and Singapore. He was honored as a “Generation Change Leader” by Sec. of State Clinton and as an “Emerging Muslim American Artist” by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Ali has given many presentations, from Google to the United Nations to Princeton to The Abu Dhabi Book Festival. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, the Guardian, and Salon.

EDINA LEKOVIC is MPAC's Public Affairs Consultant. Previously, as Director of Policy and Programming, she oversaw strategic initiatives in government and policy, media and communications, and leadership development. From 2004-2010, Edina served as MPAC's Communications Director, and has appeared regularly in major media outlets, including CNN. MSNBC, Fox News, CBS Television, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times.

A recent appointee to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Service Cabinet, Edina has been committed to promoting relationships between diverse Angelenos for nearly 15 years. As a co-founder and the current chair of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, Edina is proud to have been part of a impactful program who’s high school dialogue program was named Gov. Jerry Brown’s top interfaith group in 2013.

She is co-founder and graduate of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and also co-founded Elev8, an arts-based youth leadership development program. She has an M.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in American Literature & Culture from UCLA, where she also served as the Editor in Chief of the Daily Bruin.
  
 
Click here for more details.
 
 


 

October 8  -  Arabic Calligraphy Workshop Series
 
Teacher: Mr. Munther Yousef
 
Join us at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center for a Series of Calligraphy Workshops. Enroll in our workshops to learn the beautiful art of Arabic Calligraphy. There is no requirement of knowing the Arabic language. These workshops are suitable for all ages (from 7 to 90!).

Beginners Level Workshop: Roq'a Arabic Script
Students are expected to have completed the Introduction to calligraphy workshop. Students will learn the Roq'a script. Roq'a is often the first font introduced to beginners as it is relatively easier than other sophisticated Arabic calligraphy scripts.
Classes consist of 8 weeks plus a final week of working on a project (Total of 9 weeks). There will be no class on Saturday November 26th due to Thanksgiving Holidays.
The class will culminate with a project under the teacher supervision.

Saturday October 8th-December 10th (9 sessions), from 1:15 to 2:15p.m.
Workshop Cost (9 weeks): Total $160 + Any supply kit
Early Bird Discount (up to October 3rd): $140. Enter Promotional Code: EARLYBIRD
Partial Payments: Will be handled at the center, after the minimum down payment of $60 is paid online. SIGN UP NOW

Intermediate Level Workshop: Thuluth Script
Classes consist of 8 weeks plus a final week of working on a project (Total of 9 weeks). Students will learn the Thuluth script. The class will culminate in a masterpiece project under the teacher supervision.
Saturday October 8th - December 10th, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
There will be no class on Saturday November 26th due to Thanksgiving Holidays.
Workshop Cost (9 weeks): Total $160 + Any supply kit
Early Bird Discount (up to October 3rd): $140. Enter Promotional Code: EARLYBIRD
Partial Payments: Will be handled at the center, after the minimum down payment of $60 is paid online
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO REFUND.
LIMITED SPACE- SIGN UP EARLY

For more details and to enroll, please contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 
 


 

October 2, 2016  -  The Contributions of Arab and Muslim Oculists to Ophthalmology
   
Lecture by Dr. Mohammad Zafer Wafi
 
Organized by the Syrian American Club of Houston.
 
Click here for more details.
 
 


 

October 1, 2016  -  Arabic Calligraphy Workshop Series
 
Teacher: Mr. Munther Yousef
 
Join us at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center for a Series of Calligraphy Workshops. Enroll in our workshop to learn the beautiful art of Arabic Calligraphy. There is no requirement of knowing the Arabic language. This workshop is suitable for all ages (from 7 to 90!), The Kickoff Workshop will be the basics of Arabic Calligraphy.

Workshop: Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy

The Introduction to Calligraphy workshop is a prerequisite to all higher level workshops.

Saturday, October 1st 2016, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Workshop Fees: $30 Plus cost of Kit (to be kept by students)

Supply Kit: $30

In this 2-hour session workshop, students will learn about the basics of Arabic calligraphy.
The Introductory class includes a historical background of Arabic calligraphy, an overview of the different styles, an introduction to the rules of letters writing, how to hold the pen, as well as hands-on practice time. A calligraphy kit will be available for every student to purchase and keep. Students take home their names written in Arabic calligraphy!

The Introductory class is a prerequisite for all upper level workshops

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
 
 


 

October 1, 2016  -  ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
 
On Saturday October 1st, 2016, the Arab-American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) will host its Annual Unity and Friendship Gala at the Hyatt Regency Houston, Galleria. This year our honorees are:
 
- The Levant Foundation for outstanding community service
- Dr. Mohamed Rabie for the ACC lifetime achievement award
- Minuteman Press Southwest for the ACC business community award
 
We are also highlighting this year the People and Culture of Tunisia.
 
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: reception begins at 6pm with the program, dinner & entertainment start at 7pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria, 2626 Sage Rd., Houston

The ACC hosts its annual gala to highlight the contributions and achievements of Arab-Americans, and honor individuals and institutions that generously support the ACC and its mission. The Unity and Friendship Gala enables the ACC to serve the community, preserve Arab-American identity and promote Arab culture and heritage in the Greater Houston area. This year we have provided relief and assistance to newly arrived Arab refugees including the launch of a new program “Volunteer Initiative for Acculturation”, enhanced the activities and curriculum of our Arabic school, developed educational workshops about Arab culture, hosted our third annual National Arab Heritage Month, raised funds to support three students’ scholarships and participated in Houston’s first Human Rights Day event. None of these programs would have been possible without the generosity of our local members and patrons.
 
If you have any questions, kindly call us at 832.351.3366 or email us at gala@acchouston.org.
   
Click here for more details.
 
 


 

October 1, 2016  -  ISGH Fundraiser
 
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
 
Click here for more details.
 
 


 

Free English Lessons
 
Free English lessons for new immigrants or for anyone needing to improve his/her English. Free babysitting is also offered. All ages and levels welcome!
  
For more info, click here.
     


 

Arabic Classes at ACC

Arabic classes at the Arab American Cultural Center (ACC) resumes on Saturday, September 17th. Come meet with the Teachers and register on Saturday, September 10th.
 
The Dr. Amer Sabbagh ACC Arabic School 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.

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


 

September 24, 2016  -  Answering Islamophobia

Islamic Learning Foundation (ILF) & ICNA Houston are very excited to announce a Learning Seminar on Answering Islamophobia.
 
The American Muslim has no choice but to acknowledge that Islamophobia has become part of the American landscape in recent years; we can no longer ignore this reality. We need to understand the causes and dangers of Islamophobia and how to address anti-Muslim rhetoric with our neighbors, co-workers and citizens. We need to learn the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) and his answer to Islamophobia.
 
This one day learning seminar will examine the tangible means for responding to and countering Islamophobia for the American Muslim.
 
Instructor: Gyasi Mckinzie (see bio below)
 
Venue: Masjid Al-Salam (Champions Islamic Center)
16700 Old Louetta Rd, Houston, TX 77070

Timing: Saturday, September 24th, 2016 (Asr 5:45pm to 10:00PM)

Tuition: Free

Dinner will be sold at a nominal price

Sh. Gyasi (Ja-see) Mckinzie was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Memphis, TN. He accepted Islam while in high school. He earned his B.A. from the College of Dawah and Usool Ad-Deen, and a diploma in Arabic from the Islamic University of Medina. He also has a Masters in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University. Sh. Gyasi has nearly 15 years of experience providing Islamic leadership to schools and organizations. Besides having served as Imam of the Muslim Society of Memphis and as chaplain at two federal prisons, he has been the Youth Director of the Youth and Dawah Center in Memphis, TN. He has also served as an Islamic Studies teacher and school counselor at Pleasant View School and the Islamic School of Irving respectively. Currently, Sh. Gyasi works for Helping Hand for Relief and Development as the associate director of Marketing & Outreach for the US south central region. Sh. Gyasi also teaches classes at Al-Kauthar Institute.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

September 22, 2016  -  Station Museum Tour: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Join the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) and the Station Museum for a special curator-led tour of their current exhibition Parallel Kingdom, Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia. The tour will take place on Thursday September 22nd from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Light refreshments will be served following the tour.
 
For more information about the exhibition visit the website http://stationmuseum.com/.
 
The tour will start at 6 p.m. sharp and last approximately 1 hour.
 
Space is limited to twenty five and will fill up on a first come first serve basis. Don't delay signing up.
 
Venue: Station Museum
Address: 1502 Alabama Street Houston TX 77004
Tel: 713- 529-6900
 
This event is free but RSVP is required.
 
For more information, contact the ACC at (832)351-3366.

 
 


 

September 17, 2016  -  Spread the Smiles - Eid Festival for Charity
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016
1-6pm at the ACC
 
It's back...and it's bigger than ever! Bring your family and friends and come join Maram Foundation in conjunction with the Egyptian American Society for this year's Spread the Smiles Eid Festival for Charity 2016 benefiting the children of the Syrian crisis. Enjoy a day of fun, delicious food and a great time knowing that you are helping Spread the Smiles to children in need.

New this year: WATER SLIDES & Games!! Bring your swim gear and towels and get ready for some splash splashy fun for the kids!

SATURDAY, SEPT 17

ADVANCE TICKETS: Adults: $10, Kids (2-12): $5

AT DOOR: Adults: $15, Kids: $10

ADVANCE TICKETS PRICE (end Sept 16at 11:59pm)
Adults: $10, Kids (2-12): $5

Highlights: Water slides, Petting Zoo, Moonwalks, Face Painting & Balloon Making, Bake Sale, Popcorn, Cotton Candy & Sno-Cones, Carnival Games, Raffles and great prizes, Koshary, Kunafa, Crepes, BBQ, Baklawa Ice Cream, And much, much more!
 
Donations accepted online at the ticket site or at www.maramfoundation.org. Thank you for your support! All proceeds will go to help the orphan's and refugees of the Syrian crisis. Please join us in helping children in need.

 
 


 

September 17, 2016  -  Eid Ul-Adha Carnival
  
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 3 pm - 9 pm
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094
 
Click here for more information.

 
 


 

September 15, 2016  -  After the Nuclear Deal: Challenges and Opportunities Facing U.S.-Iran Relations
 
One year after the implementation of the nuclear agreement, relations between the United States and Iran remain deeply complicated, framed by decades of mistrust. Challenges and opportunities abound, shaped by domestic and international concerns. The next American president will inherit the U.S.-Iranian relationship at a critical juncture. The decisions he or she makes may shape the Middle East for decades to come.
 
Featured speaker Vali Nasr is the dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a current member of the State Department’s Policy Board and a former special advisor to the president’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. His most recent books are “The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat” and “The Shia Revival,” reissued in August 2016.
 
On Sept. 15, Nasr will discuss the future of U.S.-Iran relations and considerations for the next U.S. presidential administration.

Agenda
5:30 pm – Reception
6:30 pm – Presentation

Date: Thu, Sep. 15, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, Texas 77005
Doré Commons

Featured Speaker
Vali Nasr, Ph.D., is the dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is a Middle East scholar, author, foreign policy advisor and a commentator on international relations. Nasr is a contributing writer for The New York Times and a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Before joining SAIS, Nasr taught international politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From 2009 to 2011, he was a special advisor to the president's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has been a Carnegie Scholar, a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored several books on the Middle East, most recently being “The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat” and “The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future.” He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

click here for more information.

 
 


 

September 15, 2016  -  Islam and Public Life: Addressing Stigmas and Stereotypes

Imam Wazir Ali, Houston Masjid of Al-Islam and Masjid Al-Qur’an
Craig Considine, Rice University
M. Hasna Maznavi, Women's Mosque of America

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Rice University, Herring Hall 100, Houston
 
Sponsored by Rice University's Religion and Public Life Program, the Boniuk Institute is proud to co-sponsor a panel discussion about the relationship between Islam and the public sphere and how that relationship has or has not changed given current public climate. This event is free and open to the public.
 
Paid parking is available in the Central Parking Garage, most accessible from campus entrances 4, 8 and 20. For additional information, please refer to the Rice Campus Map.
 
click here for more information.

 
 


 

September 14, 2016  -  Demystifying Islam

Date: September 14, 2016
Time: , 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, 1700 First Colony Blvd, Sugar Land, Texas
 
Lecture/Lecture Series
Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
 
Speaker: Zahra Jamal, Associate Director
 
This lecture at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce covers the myths and realities of Islam, and explores Islamic perspectives on pluralism and civic engagement.
  
Zahra Jamal has taught at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Michigan State University (MSU), and Palmer Trinity, a college preparatory school. She founded and directed the Civil Islam Initiative at University of Chicago and the Central Asia and International Development Initiative at MSU. She has consulted for the UN, State Department, Aga Khan Development Network, Swiss Development Cooperation, and Aspen Institute. Dr. Jamal received a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, and double B.A. in Slavic Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Rice. She joined the Institute in July 2015.
 
Click here for more information.

 
 


 

September 12, 2016  -  Eid Al-Adha

Eid Mubarak!

 
 


 

September 10, 2016  -  The Eternal Challenge: The Limits of Science and the Linguistic Miracle of the Qur'an

Can you go toe to toe with the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Neil Degrasse Tyson when they attack Islam and the Quran?
 
Join iERA and UH-MSA as we present "The Most Important College Class You Never Took" - THE ETERNAL CHALLENGE

Fahad Tasleem will be the instructor for this class which will give you the intellectual tools to deal with the most pressing issues in our modern age, like:

• What do we do when a scientific fact contradicts the Quran?
• How do we present the miracle of the Quran to someone who doesn't know any Arabic?
• Has science buried the belief in God?
• Does Islam have a rational answer to every question?

This one day academic research workshop will look at:

1. The Scientific method and the Philosophy of Science
2. The Epistemic value of science vs. the epistemic value of the Quran
3. The power of an ayah vs. the power of pure rationality
4. The Quran Defined & the Challenge of the Quran
5. The Unique Structure, Style and Content of the Qur’an
6. Explaining the Quran’s Linguistic Miracle to a non-Arab
7. The Qurans impact on Society
8. Quranic Reflections & A New Approach in Explain Natural Phenomena
9. Surah al-Kahf and the History of Science.
10. Why there are NO SCIENTIFIC MIRACLES in the Quran.
 
When: Saturday, 10 September 2016 from 10:00 to 18:00 (CDT)
Where: MAS Katy Center - 1800 Baker Rd., Houston, Texas 77094
 
 
Click here for more information.

 
 


 

September 4, 2016  -  Winter Clothes and Toys for Syrian & Palestinian Refugees

Date: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1902 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 
Click here for more details.
 
 


 

September 3, 2016  -  Young Muslims Quiz Competition 2016

The YM Quiz Competition is back in Houston for the 21st time. All Muslim kids between the ages of 4 and 16 are invited to participate in this competition of epic proportions.
 
Alhamdulillah, Allah SWT has allowed us to organize this competition for over 20 years and it has become a tradition for the Muslim children of Houston. Join us for an unforgettable experience this September where our children will engage in fun competitions to demonstrate to us that they are truly the shining future that we hope for.

Competitions: Knowledge Quiz, Knowledge Bowl, Speech, Boys Qira'at, Girls Qira'at, Visual Arts
 
Tickets:  Regular: $15/competitor, Early Bird: $12/competitor (ends first week of Ramadan)
  
www.icnahouston.org/ymquiz/registration

They will cherish the memory of this competition for years to come. Help them make the most of this Ramadan and learn something that they will retain forever. Aside from the spectacular PRIZES that are awarded each year, they will have the time of their lives playing with their friends, being proud Muslims and Muslimahs, and competing for the sake of Allah SWT.
 
 


 

August 30, 2016  -  The Business of Sports: Players & Profits
 
Sports is embedded into the fabric of our community, but what does the business behind our favorite players and leagues look like? Our discussion with Ahmad Nassar, President of NFL Players Inc. will feature insights into his distinguished career, his role in negotiating deals with Nike, ESPN and Electronic Arts, amongst others, as well as the business aspects of sporting events like the upcoming Super Bowl in Houston.

The program for the evening will be as follows:
6.00pm . . . Registration, Networking, Meet & Greet with Speaker, Refreshments
6.30pm . . . Program begins - Quran Recitation
6.35pm . . . MPA Updates
6.40pm . . . Ice Breaker
6.50pm . . . Keynote Address: Ahmad Nassar
7.20pm . . . Q & A
7.40pm . . . Call To Action
7.45pm . . . Dinner, Prayer Space Available (Sunset 7.45p)
 
Event Details:
• Tuesday, August 30th, at 6 pm
• Embassy Suites Energy Corridor, 11730 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079
• Free for MPA Members
• Non-members can attend this event for $25 by registering in advance.
 
To register, visit www.mpahouston.com (Muslim Professional Association).

We look forward to seeing you at the event!
       
     


 

August 20, 2016  -  The Muslim Vote: Faith, Freedom and the Future
 
ICNA Houston Unit Presents The Muslim Vote: Faith, Freedom and the Future
 
The Muslim Vote and Why It Matters: discover what you can do to make a difference right here, right now. Rise to ensure an America where everyone, including American Muslims can enjoy equal opportunity and justice.
 
A Muslim’s commitment to civic engagement which includes volunteerism, voting, and other forms of participation in the democratic process is imperative in the midst of a polarized and heated election season in which Muslims are frequent subjects of national debate.
 
This non-partisan civic education event will explore how to navigate the current political climate in our community. Also how to address Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric with our neighbors, co-workers and citizens. It will go beyond the basics and actually give us all tangible advice on how to discuss this issue and really start building bridges.
 
The Muslim vote in today’s climate is a must!
 
Date: August 20th, 2016
Time: Asr (6:00pm) to Isha (9:30pm)
Venue: Maryam Islamic Center (ISGH), 504 Sartartia Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77479
 
Speakers:

Mustafa Tameez, Outreach strategists, news analyst and contributor for the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Tribune, and FOX 26.

Sr Nabila Mansoor, Director, Emerge-USA Houston

Mustafa White, ICNA Houston Board Member

Sponsored By Maryam Islamic Center (ISGH)
      
     


 

August 19-21, 2016  -  No Doubt: God, Religion, and Politics in the Modern World
 
Date: August 19-21, 2016
Location: SEC 100 - University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77004
 
For more info, click here.
      



August 19, 2016  -  Blood Drive at MAS Katy Center


Friday, August 19th 2016
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Old Masjid Building
 
 
For more info, click here.
      
     


 

August 15, 2016 (deadline) - Syrian American Club Scholarship Program
 
This is the 21st year for the Syrian American Club Scholarship Program and qualified students in our community are invited to apply to the program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Students who are graduating 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 and application form
      
     


 

August 13, 2016  -  Run 4 Palestine
 
On your mark, get set, before you "go", let us tell you a little about where exactly you are headed. This 5K is unlike any other one you have attended, or heard about.
 
All of us in some form or another are looking to make an impact. It's a part of our deeper human intuition. When you run for Palestine, it doesn't matter which walk of life you are coming from because in the end- all of our paths are merging to pave a brighter future for the increasingly alarming number of war stricken Palestinian children and youth.
 
What makes this run different is the significance behind your footsteps- because no matter where you are in the world, there are thousands of people and over 20 cities across the world walking side by side with you.

So if you're ready to "Reach" towards a better tomorrow, hit up our registration page here. If not, then you should still register or donate in honor of our impeccable use of puns.
 
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 9 am
Location: Mason Park, 541 S 75th St, Houston, Texas 77023

Tickets available at www.run4palestine.com.
      


 

July 30  -  Feed the Hungry @ Houston Food Bank
 
Click here for more details.

Email outreach@maskaty.org to register for this excellent community service opportunity!
      
     


 

July 9, 2016  -  Eid Family Picnic Day
 
 
When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 12 pm - 6 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
 
For reservation, call 832-351-3366 or email membership@acchouston.org.
  
Click here for the details.

 


 


 

July 8, 2016  -  Eid Carnival
 
 
When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 4pm - 10pm
Location: MAS Katy Center
 
Click here for the details.

 


 


 
 

July 6, 2016  -  Eid Al-Fitr
 
 
When: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

 
Eid Mubarak!

  

 
 


 

Eid Toy Drive through July 2

To honor the Eid spirit, The Refugee Service Committee at the Syrian American club is setting up a toy drive to benefit Syrian children in need.

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're loved. We hope you will share the joy this Eid and open your hearts.

Our goal is to include all kids 1 to 18 years of age. (Gift cards for the older teens, such as Target's, are encouraged).

Please drop off your NEW, UNWRAPPED gift at:

Al-Sham Center, 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, TX 77057

Collection Dates: Sunday, June 26th through Saturday, July 2nd
Collection Times: 12-3 pm

Thank you, and have a blessed Eid!
      
     


 

DRIVE of Household Items through July 1
 
The ACC is launching a Drive of household items starting today and until Friday July 1st for the benefit of new comers and refugees in town. We know many of you have expressed their desire to reach out and help out fellow refugees. We are asking our generous and supportive community to donate new or gently used household items, Kitchen Supplies and small appliances, TVs and toys. The ACC in Collaboration with other Non-Profit Organizations will then drop these Items to the families in need.
 
WISH LIST ITEMS
Kitchen: Kitchen Blenders, food processors, small electric choppers, coffee makers, cutting boards, small toaster ovens, tea cups, and cooking pots
Bathroom: Bath mats, soap dishes/dispensers, shower Curtains
Electronics: TVs, Computers, laptops, printers
Clothes: New or gently used clothes for kids and adults
Others: Small coffee Tables, Small sides Tables, and lamps, comforter sets either Twin or Queen size.
(we cannot accept any other furniture for the time being due to space constraint)
Kindly note that we cannot accept torn or stained clothes or damaged items
 
HOW TO HELP US PROMOTE
¨ Spread the word! With your Family, neighbors, friends, and network
¨ Post it! Tweet it! Instagram it!
Where: Drop your donated items at the ACC located at 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston, TX 77099
Days and Times for Dropping Items:
Monday - Friday (from 10am - 4pm)
Saturday (from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm)
Deadline for Dropping Items:
Friday July 1st
 
VOLUNTEER WITH US
We welcome volunteers & helpers in this campaign to help move and deliver the items to their intended destinations. Please email nervin@acchouston.org or Sign Up Here if you want to help volunteer on this project.
     
      


 

July 1, 2016  -  Rally for Palestine (International Day of Quds)
 
On International Day of Quds, people of conscience express solidarity with the oppressed of the world, particularly the innocent of Palestine. We invite all the peace-loving people to voice their opposition against the unjust occupation and the usurpation of Palestine by the oppressive Zionist regime.
 
When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Houston, Texas 77056

 


 



  

Job Openings

IMAN ACADEMY is a full- time Islamic School in Houston, Texas operating three campuses with enrollment of 320-450 each from infants to 12th Grade. We are confident that our schools are rated among the top Islamic schools in the nation.

 
We have job openings in the southeast campus in several areas.
 
Click here for all the details.
    
     


 

June 19, 2016  -  Rays of Change 2016
 
Amaanah Refugee Services - Annual benefit dinner for refugees in Houston
 
Sunday, June 19, 2016
6 PM
Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St, Houston, Texas 77010
 

For more information, click here.
 
 


 

June 17, 2016  -  Family Night Gathering for Ramadan Iftar at ACC
 
The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)

Date: Friday, June 17th
Time: Maghreb Time
 
Location: The Arab American Cultural & Community Center
10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston. TX 77099
 
Ramadan Mubarak
The ladies at ACC Bait AlArab invite all community ladies and their families to our Family Night gathering for Ramadan Iftar at that ACC on Friday June 17th, 2016 at Maghrib time.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
All and each Family should bring a dish to share either
  Appetizers
  Soup
  Salad
  Pastries
  Main Dish
  Dates
 
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP and RSVP
 
All Children must be seated and watched by their parents. The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366
 
Hope to see you all there.
 
 
 



 

June 17, 2016  -  Houston Community ECN Appreciation Iftar
 
On behalf of Egypt Cancer Network and 57357, we would like to honor you and thank you for all your support by inviting you to join us for an Appreciation Iftar on Friday, June 17th, 2016 . Your dedication and devotion to the cause continues to make our dreams come true.
 
Please RSVP by June 11th 2016. No tickets necessary. Limited Seating available.
 
Sayed Hassan 972-743-7700 shassan@ecn57357.org
Dr. Nabil Ahmed 281-513-7724 nahmed@bcm.edu
 
Babysitting will be available for $10 per child for children 10 and under at the hotel. Pizza and drinks will be served
 
We would like to remind you to consider extending your generosity and Zakat to the children of 57357 during the month of Ramadan
 

For more information, click here or visit
http://egyptcancernetwork.org/in-the-news/houston-2016/.
 
 



 

June 12, 2016  -   Houston Annual Ramadan lftar 2016

On behalf of Abu Dhabi, Baku, Basrah, Istanbul, and Karachi Sister City Associations, The Islamic Society of Greater Houston and all of the esteemed collaborating organizations, we would like to invite you to Houston lftar 2016 Annual Ramadan Dinner. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the world. The Houston lftar is an opportunity to share this religious celebration with the Houston community, other religious leaders, interfaith leaders, and elected officials. It is an opportunity to show unity among various organizations and religious groups, and remind us that we share the same human values of respect and dignity, irrespective of race, color, religion, or place of national origin.
 
Date: Sunday, June 12 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045
 
For more information and/or to register, visit www.houstoniftar.us

 

 



 

June 12, 2016  -  United For Syria Fundraising Iftar
 
Date: Sunday, June 12 2016
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural Center, 10555 Stancliff RD, Houston, TX 77099
 
Swasia Charity Foundation & The Syrian American Medical Society Invite you to their United For Syria Fundraising Iftar.

Why: Benefiting Families, Orphans, Education, Field Hospitals and Medical Aid Inside Syira.

Tickets:$25 Individual, $50 Family
 
Babysitting available
Youth Program available
 
For more info please call: Khaled Sawan (832)298-0994, Dr. Fares Albitar (832)385-6067
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 



 

Arabic Summer Camp at ACC
Arab American Cultural and Community Center
 
Register your child for our weekend Arabic Summer Camp from June 11th-July 30th, once a week on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To pre-register, please visit this link: https://arabic_summer_camp_acc.eventbrite.com

Early Bird Pre-registration discount is now open!
 
Cost:
8 weeks: June 11th to July 30th - Eight classes for a cost of $250
4 weeks: June 11 to July 2nd or July 9 to July 30- Four classes for a cost $150
We offer siblings & early bird discounts.
Early Bird Discount (up to May 31st and for full payment only): $220 for 8 weeks or $120 for 4 weeks
Siblings Discount: $10 off
 
About the camp:
The camp is suitable for all kids who wants to learn Arabic whether they are from Arab origins or non-Arab. The school focuses exclusively on teaching Arabic language in a neutral environment, away from religion, nationality, or politics. We make this camp an Arabic language learning and cultural experience opportunity through a combination of language lesson, weekly themes, conversational time, and hands-on fun activities.
The Minimum number to hold summer camp is 15 students. We reserve the right to cancel the camp if we do not reach the minimum, in which case we will refund the full amount.
 
     


 

May 30, 2016  -  American Muslim Peace Festival
   
Date: Monday, May 30, 2016
Time: 3 PM - 10 PM
Location: 9371 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77063
 
Click here for more details.
 
 
   
 



 

May 29, 2016  -  Pro-Palestine Rally
   
A rally/march to show solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as to show the United States government that we are against Israeli apartheid.
 
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 1 PM
Location: In front of
Starbucks on Westheimer and 2521 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, 77056
  

Click here for more details.
 
 
   
 



 

May 13-28, 2016  -  10th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
Friday, May 13
The Idol | Hany Abu-Assad
Ave Maria | Basil Kahlil and Eric Dupont (Academy Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Film)

Saturday, May 14
Theeb | Naji Abu Nowar (Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film)
3000 Nights | Mai Masri

Sunday, May 15
Trip Along Exodus | Hind Shoufani

At Rice University Media Center
Thursday, May 19
Break the Siege | Baburka Production
Roshmia | Salim Abu Jabal

Friday, May 20
Second Hand Refugee | Jumana Saadeh
Speed Sisters | Amber Fares

Saturday, May 21
Cinema Palestine | Tim Schwab
Love, Theft and Other Entanglements | Muayad Alayan

Sunday, May 22
Theeb | Naji Abu Nowar (Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film)

Thursday, May 26
Ave Maria | Basil Kahlil and Eric Dupont (Academy Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Film)
Dégradé | Ahmad and Mohammad Abou Nasser

Friday, May 27
Jews Step Forward | Marjorie Wright and Elika Rezaee

Saturday, May 28
The Idol | Hany Abu-Assad
Ave Maria | Basil Kahlil and Eric Dupont (Academy Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Film)
Sara 2014 | Khalil al Mozian

For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 
  


 

May 20, 2016  -  ACC Ladies' Night Group Gathering
   
The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
 
Date: Friday, May 20th
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, 77099
 
Happy Mother's day
The ladies at Bait AlArab invite all community ladies to our fifth ladies night gathering for 2016 celebrating Mother's Day on Friday May 20th at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• All Ladies and Moms are invited .
• Bingo ,games,raffle Door prize and much more.
• Dress to impress.
• Bring a Sweet Dish to Share
 
Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
 
Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child.
 
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.
  
   
 



 

May 15, 2016  -  Moroccan Society of Houston Spring Picnic
   
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Location: Sugar Land Lost Creek Park
  

For more information, click here.
 


 

May 15, 2016  -  Houston Family Spring Bazaar
   
Mark your Calendar; Sunday, May 15, 2016
 
Shop for a good cause and join us in Houston Family Spring Bazaar 2016, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
 
Items for Sale: Hand made cloth, toys, Aghabani, crafts, table covers, art paintings, books, and home made traditional Syrian food. All sales will go to help Syrian refugees.
 
Location: The Syrian American Club. 5729 Windsome Ln. Houston, TX 77057
 
This is NOT a Donation or Fund-Raising Event; you only pay for what you buy. NO admission fee.

Event by: Maram Foundation & Ladies of Austin. Guest organization: Souriyat Across Borders

Organized by: Omar Shishakly and Tarif Youssef Agha
  

For more information, click here.
 


 
 

May 14, 2016  -  ICNA Relief's Annual Benefit Dinner for the Needy
   
Join us for an inspirational Night of Empowerment on May 14th as we learn how to advance the lives of refugees and other needy families right here in our community. We are excited to welcome Sh. Yaseen Shaikh, Sr. Dunia Shuaib, and Houston’s very own Imam Tauqer Shah for this wonderful event and we hope YOU will take part in this cause as well!
  

For more information, click here.
 


 

May 9, 2016  -  Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation 
 
Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
Time: 7 pm
Location: Live Oak Friends Meeting, 1318 West 26th St., Houston, Texas, 77008

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Quaker Jewish activist and writer from Burnaby, B.C., Canada will be in Houston to speak and do a presentation on nonviolence in Palestine. She will share information about nonviolent activism by Palestinians and Israelis, separately and together, in challenging the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land–as this is a much under-publicized aspect of the Palestinian struggle--as well as ways in which "Internationals" can support these efforts.

She will also introduce her book: "Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation”. The book is an interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations toward the occupation.

More info at http://refusingtobeenemiesthebook.wordpress.com.
 
Copies of Refusing to be Enemies will be available for purchase and signing.
  
   


 

May 7, 2016  -  NAAMA's Tenth Biennial Ben Qurrah Awards Gala
 
The National Arab American Medical Association Houston Chapter and Board of Directors invite you to attend our TENTH BIENNIAL BEN QURRAH AWARD GALA honoring distinguished Arab Americans in the fields of Medicine and Life Sciences.
 
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. Reception, 8 p.m. Dinner
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston TX 77056
 
Scientific Achievement Award: 2016 National Honoree
Huda Akil, Ph.D.
Gardner Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Co-Director and Senior Research Professor
The Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
University of Michigan
 
Scientific Achievement Award: 2016 Houston Honoree
Hashem B. El-Serag, M.D., MPH
Dan L. Duncan Endowed Professor of Medicine
Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section
Director, Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center
Baylor College of Medicine

Lifetime Achievement Award
Samir N. Tuma, MD

Humanitarian Award
A. Osama Gaber, MD & Lillian Gaber, MD

Leadership in Education Award
Kamal G. Khalil, MD

Innovation Award
Rabih Darouiche, MD

Spirit of NAAMA Award
Mohamed K. Ali, MD
Husam Bahrani, MD
Samia N. Khalil, MD
Nezar Shobassy, MD

Black Tie • Valet Parking

Proceeds from the 10th Ben Qurrah Award Gala will go toward the National Arab American Medical Association Houston Chapter scholarship fund and charitable and humanitarian work.
  
Visit www.aama-houston.org for more information.
  
   


 

May 1, 2016  -  Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! in Houston
 
KPFT will be hosting Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, authors of a new book, “Democracy Now!: 20 years of Covering the Movements Changing America”, in a booksigning event on May 1st at the Carl Walker Jr. Multi-Purpose Center, 4300 Noble St @ Waco, Houston TX 77020 (map).
 
Admission is $10 per person. Advance tickets available at this link: Brown Paper Tickets
 
There will also be a meet & greet before the main event, lasting from 12 noon to 12:50 pm at the DeLuxe Theatre on Lyons Avenue (map). Spaces are very limited, so if you’re interested please get your tickets now at this link: Meet & Greet
 
The main event begins at 1 pm, and there will be a booksigning afterwards. Books will be on sale by Brazos Bookstore.
 
A celebration of the acclaimed television, radio and internet news program Democracy Now! and the extraordinary movements and heroes who have moved our country forward.
 
In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in the US, broadcasting on over 1400 public television and radio stations around the world, with millions accessing it online at democracynow.org. Now Amy, along with her journalist brother, David and co-author Denis Moynihan, share stories of the heroes—the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protesters—who have brought about remarkable change.
 
This important book looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Goodman takes the reader along as she goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson, to Staten Island, Wall Street, South Carolina to East Timor—and other places where people are rising up to demand justice. Democracy Now! is the modern day underground railroad of information, bringing stories from the grassroots to a global audience.
  
   


 

April 26, 2016  -  World Cultures Summit 2016: Exploring the Greater Middle East

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: Registration: 9:30 a.m., Program: 10:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: University of Houston - Student Center, Houston Room 220, Houston, 77004
 
This exciting and interactive three-hour event brings world cultures alive for middle school students. Each year, 600 hundred 6-8 grade, World Cultures students experience international adventures by exploring the culture, language, and people of a region of our world - in 2016 we will explore the Greater Middle East. The experience includes:
  - Exhibits
  - Fact-finding scavenger hunt
  - Themed snacks
  - Dance/musical performance
  - Global ambassadors representing many of the Greater Middle East countries
  - Lunch will be provided
 
Registration is required, space is limited to 600 students. Up to 50 students from each school can be registered at this time. There is no cost to students or schools.
 
Teachers may register by emailing name, school and number of students attending to edu@wachouston.org or calling 713-522-7811.
  
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 
  


 

April 22-23, 2016  -  Green Deen: Muslims in the Age of Excess

Risala Foundation is pleased to host Imam Khalid Latif and Linda Sarsour to mark Earth Day 2016.
 
* FRIDAY APRIL 22 *
KHUTBAH by Khalid Latif - ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center at 1:30 PM
LECTURE by Linda Sarsour & Khalid Latif at 7:30 PM at ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center
 
* SATURDAY, APRIL 23 *
LECTURE & DINNER with Linda Sarsour and Khalid Latif
Masjid WDM at 6:00 PM
 
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
IMAM KHALID LATIF is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchises in Manhattan.

He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. He was also appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University in 2006. Spending a year commuting between these two excellent institutions, he finally decided to commit full-time to New York University's Islamic Center where his position was officially institutionalized in the spring of 2007. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States.

LINDA SARSOUR is currently the National Advocacy Director for the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) and ACCESS and locally serving as the Director of the Arab American Association of New York, a social service agency serving the Arab community in NYC.

She has been at the forefront of the debate around the New York Police Department's unwarranted surveillance of the American Muslim community. She continues to work with city officials and allies to push legislations and policies that respect the dignity and civil rights of New York residents while maintaining safety and order. Linda was recently named American Muslim of the Year by the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the United States, honored by the White House in 2011 as a “Champion of Change”, and received the 2010 Brooklyn Do-Gooder Award from the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Linda is also a board member of the New York Immigration Coalition, a coalition of over 200 nonprofit agencies serving the diverse immigrant communities of New York State and the Network of Arab American Professionals-NY Chapter. She has been profiled by PBS, Yahoo News, NY1’s One on One With Budd Mishkin and theGuardian. She has been featured in local, national, and international media speaking on topics ranging from women’s issues, Islam, domestic policy and political discussions on the Middle East conflict. Linda’s strengths are in the areas of civil rights in the context of national security, community organizing, civic engagement and immigrants’ rights advocacy.

For more information, click here.
 

 
  


 

April 22, 2016  -  Arab Heritage Month: International Cultural Ladies' Night Event
 
Friday, April 22nd, at 7 p.m.
 
The ladies' Group invites you to join in celebrating Cultures from around the Arab world and beyond.
 
In view of the elaborate displays, all children have to be kept with a babysitter in a separate room, no exceptions.
 
To reserve your country's free table please contact Mrs. Nervin Ouida at nervin@acchouston.org or (832) 351-3366.
 
Please note that this event is ladies only.
  
For more information visit www.acchouston.org or call 832-351-3366. 

Click here for the Arab Heritage Month Flyer.
     
  


 

April 21, 2016  -  Arab Heritage Month: Curator Tour of MFAH Arts of the Islamic World
 
Thursday, April 21st, at 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts-Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005
 
Egypt, Mosque Lamp, c. 1319, Enamel and Gilded Glass. The Al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait. *Image Source: Alain Truong
http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2016/02/16/33379359.html
Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
 
Join Dr. Aimee Froom, curator of the Arts of the Islamic Worlds, on a tour of the exquisite collection at the MFAH. The visit will include the growing permanent collection which started in 2007, as well as the 67 objects from the Al Sabah collection, the biggest collections of Islamic Art in the world. Space is limited and will fill up on a first come first serve basis. Don't delay signing up. We will meet in the lobby of the Carolyn Wiess Law building at 6:30pm. The tour will last approximately 1 hour.
 
This Event is free but strictly limited to the first 20 people who RSVP.
 
For more information visit www.acchouston.org or call 832-351-3366. 

Click here for the Arab Heritage Month Flyer.
     
  


 

April 20, 2016  -   Arab Political Memoirs in the Shadow of Authoritarianism
 
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History warmly invites you to Arab Political Memoirs in the Shadow of Authoritarianism.
 
A Talk and Book Launch by Professor Joseph Sassoon (Georgetown University)
  
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: University of Houston, Agnes Arnold Hall, Room AH 210, 3553 Cullen Blvd. Houston, TX 77204  
 
Parking Information: http://www.uh.edu/maps/buildings/?short_name=ah
 
Joseph Sassoon, PhD is Al Sabah Chair at the Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is the author of Economic Policy in Iraq, 1932-1950, The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East, and Saddam Hussein's Ba`th Party (which was awarded the Cambridge University British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East in 2013). His latest book has just been published by Cambridge University Press under the title Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics.
 
Event Open to All!
 
Click here for event flyer.
       
    


 

April 20, 2016  -  Egypt at a Crossroad
 
Guest Speaker: Amr Hamzawy, Stanford University
   
After the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt has been standing at a crossroads between the promise of stability brought by an autocratic military regime and the prospects of democracy. This political upheaval is coupled by the country’s ongoing economic challenges and falling value of the Egyptian pound. With such uncertainty, it is hard to know what the future holds for the country.
 
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: Registration: 6:30pm, Program: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas  
  
Amr Hamzawy, Ph.D. is an expert in political change, human rights and the rule of law in Egypt. He is a visiting scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, a professor of political science at American University in Cairo and associate professor of political science at Cairo University. Between 2005 and 2010, he joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a senior associate for the Democracy and Rule of Law Program. Hamzawy served as research director and senior associate for the Carnegie Middle East Center, was a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt and a member of the People's Assembly.
    
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.

      
  


 

April 17, 2016  -  Lebanon: Of Wars and Men
 
Movie and Mezzah*

SUNDAY APRIL 17th 2016 at 4:30 pm
MFAH Brown Auditorium --- (Law Building- 1001 Bissonnet)
 
LEBANON OF WARS AND MEN: A Documentary by Frédéric Laffont
(France, 2012, 156 min, in Arabic and French with English subtitles)

Guest Speaker : Jean-Pierre Filiu, renowned historian and Professor of Middle East Studies at Science Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)

“In a place where history remains untold and subject to biased ideological readings”, the documentary Lebanon of Wars and Men “was necessary to avoid a permanent erasure of memory.” Frederic Laffont, 2012

The film is a record of the personal experiences of witnesses and participants from many and varied confessions and parties. Woven together, their testimonies provide a riveting historical chronology of the Lebanese Civil War which focuses not only on the many reasons for the war but also the Lebanese people, their passion for life and resilience.

Frederic Laffont’s documentary underscores, through the story of the Lebanese war, the complicated politics of the region and its susceptibility to proxy wars. It transcends Lebanese history, to reflect on the reality of humanity and suffering in any conflict or war. As the world’s attention shifts to other burning conflicts in the Middle East, Lebanon has become a blind spot in our picture of the late 20th Century. Understanding the Lebanese war gives us insight into the dynamics that currently drive the entire Middle East region.

“The inexorability of violence doesn’t mean that the fate of Lebanon was predestined, that war was a necessity and its incessant recurrence a fatality”. Samir Kassir, historian and journalist, assassinated in 2005.

This MFAH screening on April 17, 2016 is the first presentation of Lebanon of Wars and Men in the U.S. Frédéric Laffont is an award-winning director of films and television documentaries. There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion of the film with professor Jean-Pierre Filiu, followed by a reception.

Please purchase tickets online, at http://www.mfah.org/calendar/lebanon-wars-and-men/13299/
Dinner and reception included in ticket price.

*Food will be served during the intermission, [6:45 pm Cullinan Hall in the Caroline Wiess Law Building ]
 
This documentary is brought to you by the collaborative effort and generous sponsorship of:
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
FotoFest International
Rudeina Baasiri
Rania Daniel
Veronique Prentice
French Cultural Attache
French Houston Accueil
 
For more information, click here.

    


 

April 16, 2016  -  Arab Heritage Month: Khaliji Arabian Gulf Night at ACC- A Family Event
 
Saturday, April 16th, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Join us and Discover the Traditions, Artifacts, Music and Food of Participating Gulf Countries

Check-in: 6:30 p.m.
Free Access to the Emerging Arab Artists Exhibit
Arabian Gulf Cultural Exhibition: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner Buffet Opens at 7:30 p.m. sharp

Children under 12 will be in a separate room with a babysitter, no exception (No kids under 3 years old please).

All tickets need to be booked online and ahead of the event. There will be no tickets sales at the door.

Attendance is limited to 200 seats.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: $15/Adult $5/kid
 
For more information visit www.acchouston.org or call 832-351-3366. 

Click here for the Arab Heritage Month Flyer.
     
  


 

April 14, 2016  -  U.S.-Iran Relations at a Crossroads
 
The Baker Institute Centers for Energy Studies (CES) and the Middle East (CME) will co-host a one-day colloquium to discuss U.S.-Iran relations. The featured speaker will be Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, former deputy secretary of state, who played a critical role in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. She will be joined by panels of experts addressing internal dynamics shaping U.S.-Iranian relations, the impact of those relations on the regional landscape, and Iran’s future role in international energy markets.
  
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston , Texas 77005
Date: April 14, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Agenda
 
8:30 am: Breakfast and Registration
9:15 am: Welcome - The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Director, Baker Institute
 
9:30 am: Panel I - The Strategic Landscape
Philip Gordon, Ph.D., Council on Foreign Relations
John W. Parker, Ph.D., National Defense University
Greg Gause, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Question and Answer Session

11:00 am: Panel II – Internal Developments
Mohsen Milani, Ph.D., University of South Florida
Michael Singh, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Daniel Brumberg, Ph.D., Georgetown University
Question and Answer Session

12:30 pm: Shell Distinguished Lecture Series – Keynote Lunch Presentation
The Honorable Wendy R. Sherman, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

2:00 pm: Panel III – The Impact of Iran's New and Expanded Role in Global Energy Markets
Participants: TBD
Question and Answer Session

3:30 pm: Concluding Remarks
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Director, Baker Institute

For more information, click here

 
  


 

April 14, 2016  -  Challenges & Opportunities in Public Health
 
Dr. Umair Shah
Harris County Public Health
 
For our next MPA networking event, we are delighted to present Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services. With recent public health epidemics like Ebola and Zika, the role of public health professionals is at the center of our discourse. Dr. Shah will discuss how his agency is tasked with keeping the greater Houston community healthy and what challenges he faces in this dynamic role.
 
Date: April 14, 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites, 11730 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079
 
Halal, Zabiha Dinner and prayer space will be provided. Networking event will be held in Islamic Decorum.
 
About the Speaker: With recent public health epidemics like Ebola and Zika, the role of public health professionals is at the center of our discourse. Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, will discuss how his agency is tasked with keeping the Harris County community healthy and what challenges he faces in this dynamic role. He will also lay out how careers in public health can be a great way to serve the community and combine healthcare and public service tracks.
 
 
For more information or to register, click here.  


 

April 13, 2016  -  The Arab-Spring; 5 years Later

A Presentation by Tarif Youssef-Agha
  
The Houston Honors College in association with the Expatriate Arab Syrian Author & Poet Tarif Youssef-Agha invites you to The Arab-Spring; 5 Years later.
 
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 1300 Holman, Room # 112, SJAC Building. Houston, TX 77004
 
The author will sign his latest book “A Journey around the Arab-Spring Revolutions”
 
Parking: garage on Winbern @ La Branch, or lot on Alabama @ San Jacinto.
 
 
   


 

April 10, 2016  -  Iman Academy Gala - 20 years of Building leaders

This year, Iman Academy's annual Gala, will be truly special because we will celebrating the Legacy that is Iman Academy. Our theme, this year, is: Twenty years of Building Leaders and we will be looking back over the last 20 years to highlight our students of the past and our students of today. Please join us in celebrating our current students and our alumni because without Allah’s blessings and your support, none of this would be possible! And please invite your friends and family. We owe it to our future generations to have many strong options for their education. Iman Academy will, inshallah be at the forefront of this education excellence.
 
In light of this milestone, we have invited one of the most renowned Muslim female international speakers of our time, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed to come and speak at our 20th year Anniversary Gala!! We are super excited to have her come and enlighten us on this auspicious night. Her ability to touch peoples hearts by linking all things back to our attachment with the Creator are what endears her as a speaker. Sr. Yasmin, is a renown author and a blogger and is known for her deep insight and gift of captivating audiences. She is the creative and skilled author of “Reclaim your Heart. Finding the Road Back to God.” She received her masters degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has taught Islamic Studies and served as a youth coordinator. Currently she writes for the Huffington Post, is an instructor for Al-Maghreb , and hosts an Islamic radio show. Please visit her website: www.yasminmogahed.com for more information.

In addition to Sr. Yasmin Mogahed, we our lucky to also have the very motivational Dr. Mairaj Syed who has a doctorate in Islamic Studies from Princeton University and our very own local and engaging Imam, Sheikh Mamdouh Mahmoud. This will be followed by Entertainment by no other than one of our Alumni Mohammed Hussein and the beautiful poetry of Ammar Al Shukry. We are honored to welcome them all to our Gala for a sure to be inspiring evening of hope.
 
Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time:
3 - 6 PM
Location: Houston Marriott South/Hobby on Gulf Freeway
 
We hope that you will reach out to your friends who may have expressed interest in an Islamic School Environment, or just want a night of inspiration and invite them to come to the Gala, better yet purchase an extra ticket or two so you can gift them with an uplifting evening of fun!
 
For more information, visit http://www.iaconnect.org/2016-gala.html.

  
   


 

April 9-10, 2016  -  Second Annual Lebanese Festival

American Lebanese Cultural Center presents the 2nd Annual Lebanese Festival.
 
Delicious food, great festivities, enjoyable atmosphere for both adults and children, door prizes, music, folkloric dances, performances throughout the day, and more.

When: April 9-10, 2016
Location: Jones Plaza, 610 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas 77002

Admission: $10 per person. Children under: $5 per person.

For more information, visit http://www.alcchouston.org/festival-2016-2/.
 

 
  


 

April 8, 2016  -  "A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans" Movie Screening
 
The Arab-American Educational Foundation announces a Film Screening: The story of nearly 200 years of the contributions of Arab-Americans.
 
When: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Rice University Media Center, 2030 University Blvd., Houston, TX
 
Free Admission
Skype Q&A with Director after the screening.
  
For more information, visit http://www.theaaef.org/home/default.aspx, or click here for event flyer.

  
   


 

April 7, 2016  -  Arab Heritage Month: The Quiet Mediator: Oman's Role in Current American Iranian Foreign Relations
 
Talk By Dr. Maria Curtis

Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.
 
Often called "the Switzerland of the Arab world", the Sultanate of Oman has demonstrated a deep commitment to nonintervention and to honoring the sovereignty of other nations. Perhaps due to its proximity to Straits of Hormuz and its history of peace brokering and avoidance of conflict, Oman has played an important role in shaping current relations between the U.S. and Iran.

This talk will explore the diplomatic history of Oman.

This Event is free but RSVP is required.
 
For more information visit www.acchouston.org or call 832-351-3366. 

Click here for the Arab Heritage Month Flyer.
     
  


 

April 3, 2016  -  7th Annual Palestine Day - Family Picnic

The Palestinian American Council will hold a Palestine Family Picnic. Food and Refreshments will be available. This will be a great day of fun for the entire family.
   
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Time: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099
 
For more information, visit www.pac-usa.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
    
  


 

April 3, 2016  -  Egyptian American Society Picnication
 
 Egyptian delicacies, great company, more information and services on the EAS, and a great time to be outside in the sun with the perfect Sunny & 73 degree weather.
 
Free Event! Please bring Cash for the food, which will include Shawerma ($2.50), Koshari ($5.00), and Basbousa ($2) provided by the always wonderful Dandanah.
     
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Eldridge Park - 2511 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, Texas 77478
 
For more information, click here.
    
  


 

April 3, 2016  -  American? Muslim? | Identity in Crisis

Have you ever experienced Islamophobia? Ever been bullied? Worried about what people will say if they knew you were Muslim? Have you felt like you needed to choose between being a Muslim or being an American?
 
Join Speak Up on April 3, 2016 at University of Houston to share your experiences, take part in an interactive event, and voice your opinion. Don't miss our special guest speaker: Baba Ali (Co-Founder of Half our Deen & Ummah Films)
 
Sunday, April 3, 2016
11 AM
University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204
  
Early registration: $11 ends March 20th
Late registration: $15 begins March 21th
At the door: $20
Ticket includes lunch and refreshments!
 
Get your tickets here.
  
For more info, click here.
   
 


 

April 2, 2016  -  Arab Heritage Month Opening Night: Emerging Arab Artists Exhibit & Zoukak Theater Talk!
 
Emerging Arab Artists Exhibition & Talk by Maya Zbib and Omar Abi Azar from Zoukak Theater
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Opening Night will be showcasing the works of Emerging Arab Artists living and working in Houston. The exhibition will feature a range of genres and medium by artists as diverse as the region itself. The exhibition will be open from April 2nd-April 16th. Hours are Monday-Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm
 
In addition to the exhibition, opening night will include a live Oud concert, food & refreshments, and a talk by Lebanese theater producers Maya Zib and Omar Abi Azar about their bold work described as "Extreme Theater Making".
 
Zoukak Theater Company is based in Beirut.
 
This Dual Event is free but RSVP is required.
 
For more information visit www.acchouston.org or call 832-351-3366. 

Click here for the Arab Heritage Month Flyer.
     
  


 

April 2016  -  Arab Heritage Month
   
Arab American Cultural and Community Center
 
The heritage month will include an exhibition of local Emerging Arab Artists.

EVENT SCHEDULE

April 2nd, 6:30pm: Opening night/reception
Emerging Arab Artists Exhibition and talk by Maya Zbib and Omar Abi Azar from Zoukak Theater, Beirut

April 7th, 7pm: Talk about Oman by Dr. Maria Curtis, "The Quiet Mediator: Oman's Role in Current American Iranian Foreign Relations"

April 16th, 7pm: Arabian Gulf Night Celebration and Closing of the Emerging Arab Artists Exhibition

April 21st, 6:30pm: Curator Tour for the Arts of the Islamic World at the MFAH Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005

April 22nd, 7pm: International Cultural Ladies' Night Event
 
All events will be held at the ACC (10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, TX 77099) except for the tour a t the MFAH.

For more information visit www.acchouston.org or call 832-351-3366. 

Click here for the Arab Heritage Month Flyer.
   
    


 

March 31, 2016  -  Rousseau and Palestine: The Radical Tradition of Popular Sovereignty
  
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the
University of Houston invites you to the Inaugural Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Lecture in Modern Arab History.
 
Rousseau and Palestine: A Radical Tradition of Popular Sovereignty
Presented by Professor Karma Nabulsi (Oxford University)

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: University of Houston Main Campus, Student Center Theater, 126 University Drive, Houston, Texas 77004
 
Wine and Cheese reception begins at 6:30 pm
Lecture begins at 7pm
 
Parking available at the Welcome Center Garage, Entrance 1 off Calhoun Road.
 
For more information, visit www.theaaef.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
  
 


 

March 29, 2016  -  America, Energy and War
 
Speaker: Toby C. Jones
Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University
 
Over the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the United States waged what should reasonably be argued was a long war in the Middle East. At the heart of this history is a complex relationship between energy, American geopolitical anxiety, revolution, radicalism and shifting crises in an embattled region. While it is commonly posited that wars in the region can or should be understood as struggles for direct control over oil or that the militarization of the Middle East only reflects the pursuit of petrodollars, I encourage a new way of thinking. By examining the steady increase of violence in the Persian Gulf that began in the mid-1980s, my talk argues that that the distinction between energy and war were systematically erased, remade in a new material order of militarized-energy networks. The result has been a deeply entangled history of weapons, oil and war ever since.
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Rice University, Farnsworth Pavilion (www.rice.edu/maps)
7–9 p.m.

Toby C. Jones teaches courses on global environmental history, energy and the modern Middle East. During 2008–2009, Toby was a fellow at Princeton University’s Oil, Energy and the Middle East project. From 2004 to early 2006, Jones worked as the Persian Gulf political analyst for the International Crisis Group. His research interests focus on the environment,
energy, and the history of science and technology. He is the author of “Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (Harvard University Press, 2010) and “Running Dry: Essays on Energy, Water and Environmental Crisis” (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and is currently working on “America’s Oil Wars” (under contract at Harvard University Press). He has written for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of American History, Middle East Report, Raritan Quarterly Review, The Nation, The Atlantic, The London Review of Books, The New York Times and elsewhere. In 2015, Jones was recognized as a Rutgers Chancellor’s Scholar for distinguished scholarship.
  
Arab American Educational Foundation (AAEF) Lecture Series
 
Click here for event flyer.

 


 

March 26, 2016  -  MAS Katy Center Spring Carnival
 
Click here for event flyer/details, or visit www.maskaty.org.
  
 


 

March 22, 2016  -  Houston Benefit Dinner: Stories of Hope from Palestine & Lebanon

Benefiting: American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)

When: March 22, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Fadis Mediterranean Grill, 12360 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77077
 
Enjoy good food and good company while learning about some of ANERA's success stories from programs in Palestine and Lebanon.
 
ANERA president Bill Corcoran will be giving a presentation about our current and ongoing projects in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. We're rehabilitating preschools, offering remedial education for refugee youth, restoring agricultural lands in Gaza, and providing preventative health awareness & vital medicines.
 
Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food from Fadi's Mediterranean Grill– your ticket includes full course dinner!
 
*Proceeds help deliver health, education, economic development and relief projects in Palestine & Lebanon.*
 
Questions? Contact Jamilah Shami at (832) 418-7752 or Hani AlMahdoun at halmadhoun@anera.org.
 
Learn more about ANERA at www.anera.org.
 


 

March 19-20, 2016  -  The 6th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
 
Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC)
 
When: Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20, 2016
Location: Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002
 
Two Days of Performances, Folkloric & Contemporary Music & Dance, Grand Bazaar, Kids Activities, Traditional Food and Drinks.
 
Click here for festival flyer.  Click here for the schedule of events.
 
For more information, click here.
 


 

March 19, 2016  -  Hands-On Public Speaking Workshop
 
Saturday, March 19th 2016
7:45pm to 10pm
Mass Katy Center - 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094
  
For more information, click here.
 


 

March 18, 2016  -  ACC Ladies' Night Group Gathering (Happy Mother's Day)

The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
 
Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
Happy Mother's day
The Ladies group would like to invite you to our third 2016 gathering celebrating the Arabic Mother's day on Friday March 18th at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
- Salad and/or cake competition: Make your own salad and/or cake and enter a competition for the best dish presentation .
- Raffle tickets $1.00 each for prize drawing.
- Games,bazzar sale
- Every attendee will get a MOM gift.
- Wear formal long night dresses for elegant fashion show.
- Bring a Savory Dish to Share
- Bring a gift for gift exchange not to exceed $10.00
 
Kids will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
Babysitting is for all kids under 12 and will be charged $5.00/child .
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.
 
   


 

March 15, 2016  -  Salam Neighbor سلام يا جار
 
Join us for a screening of the documentary film, Salam Neighbor, on March 15th at 7:30 PM.
 
This event is on 5th anniversary of the Syrian conflict. Instead of focusing on the violence, we want to provide an opportunity for communities to come together and engage with the four million refugees who walked away from war.
 
Watch the film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6SxPSZVD9o
Film’s website: http://www.SalamNeighbor.org/
 
Bring the film to your city by emailing Screenings@SalamNeighbor.org or visiting our screenings page: https://www.tugg.com/titles/salam-neighbor.
 
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Studio Movie Grill - City Centre, 822 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, 77024
 
FILM SYNOPSIS
Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live
among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari camp.

As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

FILM ENDORSEMENTS
“Salam Neighbor is a beautifully crafted story that delivers a powerful message. It will leave you touched and inspired to take action. This film is a must-see.” - UN Refugee Agency

“On a subject too often discussed in terms of numbers, Zach and Chris capture the human element of one of the greatest refugee crises of this generation.” - Congressman Ted Lieu

"Chris and Zach are pushing the boundaries of how we tell stories and maximize social impact in the 21st century. They bring passion matched with professionalism and a humble respect for the people they’re seeking to help.” - Carolyn Miles, CEO, Save the Children

TAKE ACTION
Let’s create a more peaceful world by treating refugees, not as burdens, but as our global neighbors. This is a critical moment, with more refugees today than anytime in the last century.
     
For more information, click here.
 


 

March 12, 2016  -  Hoop4Syria
 
#Hoop4Syria is partnering with Amaanah Refugee Services.
 
The next big Men's 5v5 basketball tournament is here, Hoop4Syria! Partnering with Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament in the greater Houston area, we are proud to bring this charity tournament to the University of Houston Campus.
 
We face many problems in society today, one of which is the desire to help those in need without the actual resources, medium, or time to do so. This basketball tournament serves as a fun, healthy, and educational solution to that problem. The decision to back a humanitarian effort in Syria came to light as we saw the escalation of violence spread. Families are being torn apart, children are starving, and aid is dire, so come join us on March 12th, 2016 at the University of Houston - Main Campus Rec Center with your squad to see who can win on and off the court for Syria.
 
We strive to raise funds independent of donations through registration fees and food/beverage partnerships. We plan to use a portion of registration fees to cover basic costs and will be donating excess funds to charity. We look forward to seeing the entire Houston community join us in kicking off SPRING BREAK!
     
For more information, click here.
 


 

March 9, 2016  -  Between Faith & Extremism
 
AN INTERFAITH CONVERSATION IN COLLABORATION WITH RICE UNIVERSITY’S BONIUK INSTITUTE
 
January marks the one year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris. Since then, other attacks have occurred and many more plots have been foiled all across the western world. With an ongoing refugee crisis alongside a radical social media campaign, the role that religion plays in extremist actions has moved to the forefront of dialogue among world leaders.
 
Speakers: Rabbi Reuven Firestone & Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf
 
Date: March 9, 2016
Registration 6:00PM - PROGRAM 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak
 
Rabbi Reuven Firestone is a renowned Islamic scholar and professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and President of the International Qur’anic Studies Association. He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California and founder of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE).
 
Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf of Masjid al-Farah in New York City is the founder of the American Sufi Muslim Association (ASMA) Society, an organization dedicated to creating bridges between the American public and American Muslims. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of New York and Islamic advisor to the Interfaith Center of New York.
 
Reservations Required - Reserve at least two days in advance. For a refund, cancel 24
hours prior to an event.
 
Price: Member: $10, Onsite Member: $15, Non-Member: $30, Onsite Non-Member: $35
 
Discussion will be moderated by Emran El-Badawi, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Houston

Q&A and book signings will follow - Defining Islamic Statehood (2015) and Holy War in Judaism (2012). Students are free but seats are limited.
 
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and The Boniuk Institute at Rice University.
 
Click here for event flyer.
  
 


 

March 6, 2016  -  A Journey Around The Arab-Spring Revolutions

في الذكرى الخامسة لثورات الربيع العربي
الكاتب والشاعر العربي السوري المغترب طريف يوسف آغا بالتعاون مع مكتبة بارنز آند نوبل (باسادينا، تكساس) يدعوكم لحضور توقيع كتابه الحديث رحلة حول ثورات الربيع العربي البحث عن الحرية والكرامة والديمقراطية
الكتاب باللغتين العربية والانكليزية

الزمان:الأحد 6 آذار مارس 2016
الساعة: من الثانية عشرة ظهراً وحتى السادسة مساءً
6565 Fairmont Parkway @ Sam Houston Parkway. Pasadena, TX 77505
سيتبرع الكاتب بحصته من مبيعات الكتاب لصالح اللاجئين السوريين
النسخ محدودة

 
In commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Arab-Spring Revolutions
The Expatriate Arab Syrian Author & Poet TARIF YOUSSEF-AGHA In association with BARNES & NOBLE @ Fairmont Parkway invites you to his latest book signing-event
- A Journey Around The Arab-Spring Revolutions
- The Quest For Freedom, Dignity and Democracy
- In both, English and Arabic. published by Xlibris

- Sunday March 06, 2016 (12:00 to 6:00 PM)
6565 Fairmont Parkway @ Belt way 8. Pasadena, TX 77505 (281) 991- 8011
- The author will donate his share of the sale to the Syrian refugees
- Limited copies

 


 

Call for Emerging Arab Artists in the Houston Area (March 4 Deadline)
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) is inviting emerging Arab artists to submit their artwork for an upcoming exhibition at the ACC during the Arab Heritage Month in April. The main purpose of this initiative is to encourage and provide a platform for these artists, to promote their work, receive feedback from a group of experts, and help them become known in the wider Houston community.
 
The exhibition will take place during the Arab heritage Month, April 7-24 2016.
 
We will be accepting artwork submissions in the following categories: paintings, glass art, sculpture, craft, drawings & print, and calligraphy art.
 
Eligibility:
You need to be at least 18 years of age to be considered. The exhibition is specifically intended for emerging Arab artists who reside in Houston.
 
Selection Process
The submitted artwork portfolios will be reviewed by a committee of judges comprised of local professional artists, art curators, art professors, and ACC members. The committee will assess the quality of the submitted portfolio to determine eligibility to taking part in the exhibit.
 
The opening reception is on April 7th and the exhibit will remain open through April 24. The juried exhibition will close with an evaluation by art professionals and prize money for best artwork.
 
Submission Details
Please email the following items to hadia.mawlawi@gmail.com
a) Either a link to your website if you have an online portfolio, or a jpg file of your artwork. The pictures should be of good quality resolution level.
Interested artists should submit a minimum of 3 works.
b) A copy of your CV
c) A brief one page artist statement about your submitted work and vision
 
Any incomplete submission will be automatically disqualified.
 
Submission Deadline:
The deadline to submit the portfolio is March 4th by midnight. You will be notified by email if you have been selected to participate in the Exhibit by March 18th.
 
There is no submission fee but artists are responsible to transport their ready-to-exhibit artwork and also ensure the packing and removal of items at the end of the Exhibit.
 
Please note that the ACC is not responsible for any damage incurred to your art during the exhibition time. Therefore you are responsible for your insurance coverage.
  
For more information, contact the ACC at (832) 351-3366.
  
   


 

February 29-March 3, 2016  -  Israeli Apartheid Week 2016
 
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2016 is here! IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign (To learn more: http://apartheidweek.org/).
 
Join our week full of activism at UH! Stop by to get FREE food on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at our mock Apartheid Wall, checkpoint, and culture fair in the Butler Plaza, in front of MD Anderson Library.
 
Full IAW 2016 Schedule:
 
Monday (2/29): Mock Apartheid Wall and Checkpoint in Butler Plaza (11AM-4PM)
 
Tuesday (3/1): Mock Apartheid Wall and Checkpoint in Butler Plaza (11AM-4PM)
 
Wednesday (3/2):
(11AM-4PM): Mock Apartheid Wall and Checkpoint in Butler Plaza
5:30PM: Film Screening - Agnes Arnold Auditorium #2
 
Thursday (3/3): Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine Feat. Remi Kanazi
 
Organized by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston.
 
For more information, click here.  Click here for event flyer.
 


 

February 28, 2016  -  Nemr Abou Nassar is Coming to Houston
 
Arab American comedian Nemr Abou Nassar will be headlining his U.S. tour in Houston. Nemr, an American of Lebanese descent, grew up in San Diego before moving to Lebanon and becoming a pioneer in the comedic world, establishing standup comedy popularity throughout the Middle East.
 
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
 
Tickets for the show can be purchased here. Just select "Houston, Texas":
http://www.nemrcomedy.com/
 
  


 

February 27, 2016  -  Iman Academy Job Fair
 
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010
Rooms # 337A & 337B
 
Click here for event flyer, or visit www.imanacademy.org.

 


 

February 27, 2016  -  The 6th Annual PACC Gala
 
Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC)
 
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. - midnight
Location: Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
 
Seated Dinner Included. Formal Attire.
 
For more information, click here.
 


 

February 20, 2016  -  Mohammed Assaf in Houston
  

محمد عساف في هيوستن،
في جولة خيرية ل 7 مدن امريكية لدعم مؤسسات فلسطينية ومنها
:
- صندوق المنح الدراسية لجامعة القدس في فلسطين
- التوسع في رعاية غسيل الكلى في المستشفى الأردني في غزة
- دعم العيادات / الصيدليات للاجئين الفلسطينيين والسوريين في لبنان

Peace/The Palestinian Children Care is proud to announce a benefit tour featuring Palestinian singing sensation Mohammed Assaf. Assaf has donated his efforts, performing free of charge. The Peace Cures Benefit Tour 2016 will visit 7 major U.S. cities starting February 19th in Chicago. Other tour locations include: Houston 2/20, Anaheim 2/26, Sacramento 2/27, Detroit 3/4, Orlando 3/5, New Jersey 3/11, and a return to Chicago (date TBD).
 
Houston Event
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Arena Theatre Houston, 7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, Texas 77074
 
All proceeds will go to
  1) a scholarship fund for AlQuds University
  2) dialysis care in Gaza
  3) clinics/pharmacies for Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
 
Peace is a 501(C) 3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization.
 
For more information, contact PAC-USA at 713-931-3700 or visit www.pac-usa.org.
  
Tickets available at http://www.arenahouston.com/events/022016-thepeacecuresbenefittour-mohammadassaf-arenatheatre-houston-ticket/.
 
Click here for event flyer.
   


 

February 19-21, 2016  -  Bilateral Model Arab League Regional Conference

Hosted by University of Houston – Honors College

In partnership with the National Council on U.S.- Arab relations, the 9th annual Bilateral Model Arab League will once again convene college students from leading universities across the U.S. to craft solutions to the Arab world’s current and most pressing issues in a simulated meeting of the League of Arab States. Register your university’s delegation now to take part in what many former delegations have called, the "high point of each year.”

February 19-21, 2016
 
**Open to Collegiate Institutions**
Conference fees are assessed by the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce ($45/delegate)
 
For more information, contact Ms. Lucy Girgawy at lucy@bilateralchamber.org or register here.
 
   


 

February 19, 2016  -  ACC Ladies' Night Group Gathering

The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
 
Date: Friday, February 19th
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
Happy Valentine
The Ladies group would like to invite you to our second 2016 gathering celebrating Valentine on Friday February 19th at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
- "Hair Do" by Stylist Amira Musallam
- Pasta competition - make your pasta dish cold or hot and enter a competition for the best dish presentation
- Raffle tickets $1.00 each for prize drawing
- Games,bazzar sale
- Every attendee will get a love token
- Wear pink or red for valentine
- Bring a Savory Dish to Share
 
Kids will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
Babysitting is for all kids under 12 and will be charged $5.00/child .
 
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.
  
   


 

February 16, 2016  Israel & Palestine: Is Peace Possible?
 
Guest Speakers: Gershon Baskin & Reuel Marc Gerecht
 
The relationship between Israel and Palestine has been marked by moments of calm and unfortunate periods of gruesome violence. Considerably, one of the world’s most disputed borders, the region continues to endure increased tensions, which have recently resulted in a wave of attacks and casualties for both nations. The question remains, can this embattled region find reconciliation? And what are the broader positions and implications within the wider Middle East?
  
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time: Registration: 6:30 pm, Program: 7:00 pm - 8:15pm
Location: MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St., Houston
 
Gershon Baskin is the Co-Chairman of Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information’s (IPCRI) Board of Directors. Previously, Dr. Baskin was the Executive Director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence. He has a regular column in the Jerusalem Post and has won multiple Journalism award including, ‘Histadrut Prize for Peace’ and the ‘Journalist Award for Middle East Journalism’ from the Search for Common Ground. His memoir The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas was published in 2013.
 
Reuel Marc Gerecht served as a Middle East specialist in the Clandestine Service at the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Gerecht is the author of The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East; The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy; and Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran. He is also a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Weekly Standard and The Atlantic Monthly.
 
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
  
   


 

February 14, 2016  -  Investing in the Future of Syrian Refugees
 
A Fundraising Dinner Event for the Very Crucial Syrian Refugee Youth Education Initiative of HHRD
  
Keynote Speakers: Sr. Yasmin Mogahed and Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
 
Ticket Prices (Dinner included):
$20 per Person
$15 for Students
$10 for Children (activities for children)

Contact:
  Ayub Hagi-Mohamad 713.517.8339
  Maaz Adil 281.468.2238
  iLyas Choudry 832.275.0786
  E-Mail: iLyas.Choudry@HHRD.US
 
For more information, visit www.hhrd.org
   
Click here for event flyer.
  


 

February 13, 2016  -  PAB's 8th Annual Banquet Event
 
The Palestinian American Bridge cordially invites you to attend the organization's 8th Annual Banquet Event. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. John Quigley-President's Club Emeritus Professor at the Moritz Law College at the Ohio State University. The second speaker will be Mr. Mohammed Al Nabulsi-Law Student at University of Texas at Austin / Palestinian Activist and President of Palestine Solidarity Committee / Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Entertainment by our Palestinian American Stand up Comedian Mr. Mohamed Amer (Mo Amer).
 
When: February 13, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Westin Galleria / Monarch Room, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77056
 
If you are interested in reserving a table (Platinum $5,000, Gold $2,500 or Silver $1,000) or to advertise for your business during the function to benefit the student scholarship fund (Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah Scholarship) or any other PAB projects (details will be presented at the banquet event) or just to buy tickets, please call the phone number on the flyer or e-mail us at info@pab-usa.org or by calling 281-248-1589/832-807-1444.
 
Babysitting Available.
    
   


 

February 12-13, 2016  -  Beyond the Two Migrations: Islam in the New World
 
Date: Feb 12, 2016 at 12:00pm to Feb 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
Location: Houston, Texas
 
Risala Foundation is pleased to welcome back Dr. Jonathan Brown and Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans for a special event in Houston.

USTADH UBAYDULLAH EVANS is ALIM’s first Scholar-in-Residence. He converted to Islam while in high school. Upon conversion, Ustadh Ubaydullah began studying some of the foundational books of Islam under the private tutelage of local scholars while simultaneously pursuing a degree in journalism from Columbia. Since then he has studied at Chicagoland’s Institute of Islamic Education (IIE), in Tarim, Yemen, and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he is the first African-American to graduate from its Shari’a program. Ustadh Ubaydullah also instructs with the Ta’leef Collective and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at times.

JONATHAN BROWN is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Associate Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. His most recent book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.
 
 


 

February 10, 2016  -  "Beyond Exceptionalism: Institution Building and Political Organization in Early Independence Lebanon"
 
Arab American Educational Foundation (AAEF) Lecture Series
Lecture by Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor at Ohio University
   
Date: February 10, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Humanities Building, Room 119
     
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

February 7, 2016  -  Islamophobia
 
Talk on Islamophobia by Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of the Houston Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
 
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Dominican sisters Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77021
  
Following Mustafaa Carroll's talk on Islamophobia, there will be an interfaith discussion with Deacon Sam Dunning of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Rabbi Steve Morgen of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Reverend Ron Lister of the International Center of World Spirituality, and other invitees.
 
Sponsored by: Pax Christi Houston, Dominican Sisters of Houston, CAIR Houston, Center for the Healing of Racism, Houston Peace and Justice Center
   
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

February 6, 2016  -  Family Issues in the American Society
  
Workshop with Sh. Main Al-Quda
 
Saturday, Feb. 6, After Isha at MAS Katy Center, 1902 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 
Topics that will be covered
Marrying from the People of the Book
Wife embracing Islam while the husband remains non-Muslim
Marriage for the purpose of getting permanent residency
Divorce for the purpose of acquiring some official benefits
Civil marriage in American courts
Validity of divorce decreed by American courts
Adopting Muslim children refugees in the west
Marrying someone who is pregnant from fornication
Contribution of the wife who adds to the wealth of her husband
Ruling on a non-registered marriage (الزواج العرفي )
Pleasure marriage (زواج المتعة)
Marriage with the intent of divorce(الزواج بنية الطلاق)
Partial marriage (زواج المسيار)
Testament & Last will

Seminar Materials:
You will receive a handout summery of the lessons.
 
Time Frame:
This lecture will last up to 4 hours:
3 sessions; each lasting 1 hour, followed by 20 mins break

For more info, visit www.maskaty.org.
 
 


 

February 5, 2016  -  Meet Your Chief Ted Heap
  
Mark your calendar, Friday, February 5th after Isha Prayer. Meet Your Chief Ted Heap, as well as Precinct 5 Police Lieutenant Hutter and Muslim Community Liaison Deputy Khan. This is your chance to meet your county chief and ask the questions you have always wanted to know. Learn about the different services your precinct could provide to the Muslim community. Dinner will be served. Babysitting available.

For more info, visit www.maskaty.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 
 


 

February 4, 2016  -  Iran versus Saudi Arabia: Oil, Politics, and Religion

Andrew Bowen & David Livingston
Center for National Interest & Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
 
Date: Thursday, February 4th
Time: Registration: 6:30 pm, Program: 7:00 pm - 8:00pm
Location: Matchbox 4, Midtown Arts and Theater Center, 3400 Main Street, Houston, 77002
 
Increased hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Iran have dominated recent headlines. With the execution of Imam Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others, along with the subsequent protests in Iran, much speculation exists regarding instability in the Middle East. Whether in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, or Yemen, the two countries are often on opposing sides competing for regional influence. Dropping oil prices, the recent Iran Nuclear Deal, and the United States’ varied relationship with both countries raise the question: Can the region move forward peacefully?

Andrew Bowen, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. His research and writing primarily focuses on the regional and international politics of the Middle East, energy policy, and U.S. national security policy. Bowen is a columnist for Al Arabiya and contributor to the leading geopolitical risk advisory service, Oxford Analytica. Bowen is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Based in Washington DC, he has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa and has traveled and lived around the world.

David Livingston is an associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on innovation, markets, and risk. Livingston is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California, and was selected as a Future Energy Leader for the 2014-2017 term of the World Energy Council, and currently serves on the Council’s Task Force on Rules of Trade & Investment. He is also a nonresident associate of Carnegie Europe in Brussels, and a member of the Unconventional Hydrocarbons Network. He is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the International Association for Energy Economics.
  
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 
 


 

February 3, 2016  -  After the Paris Attacks: The Challenge of the Islamic State
 
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Kelly International Conference Facility, James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
 
Featured Speakers:

Christian J. Emden, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Politics, Law & Social Thought Program, School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences, and Professor of German Intellectual History and Political Thought, School of Humanities, Rice University

Julie Fette, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French Studies, School of Humanities, Rice University

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute

A.Kadir Yildirim, Ph.D.
Research Scholar, Center for the Middle East, Baker Institute

Moderator:
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute

Rice University scholars will discuss European and Middle Eastern perspectives on the threat posed by the Islamic State after the Paris attacks.

This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East and Politics, Law & Social Thought — a joint program of Rice University's School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences.
 
For more information and/or to register, click here.
 
 


 

January 30, 2016  -  د. محمد أشتية في هيوستن

يوم السبت ٣٠ - ١- ٢٠١٦م

في مركز الجالية العربية
 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center
6:30pm - 9:30pm
 
دبكة واغاني وطنية
 
العشاء والضيافة مجاناً تقدمة من المجلس الفلسطيني الامريكي
 
من هو الدكتور محمد شتيه؟
سياسي واقتصادي فلسطيني
، ولد في تل/ نابلس عام ١٩٥٨م، انتخب عضواً للجنة المركزية لحركة فتح عام 2009
 
عمل وزيراً للاشغال العامة والإسكان
، رئيساً للمجلس الاقتصادي الفلسطيني للتنمية والاعمار، ويحمل شهادة الدكتوراه في التنمية الاقتصادية من جامعة سسكس البريطانية، كما عمل استاذاً وعميداً في جامعة بيرزيت، وله العديد من المؤلفات في الاقتصاد والسياسة
 
اسئلة وأجوبة باللغتين العربية والانجليزية

For more information, visit www.pac-usa.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.

 


 

January 30, 2016  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer Gala
 
Please Join Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer for the Annual Fund Raising Banquet
 
Guest Speaker: Marony Demian
 
Entertainment, Live Auction, Silent Auction
   
When: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 6 E Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas 77046
  
FECC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
 
For more information, call Dr. Samia Khalil at 713-666-7678, or visit
www.fecchouston.org.
 


 

January 29, 2016  -  Never in Our Name - Why ISIS is Not Islamic
 
The emergence of ISIS is a crisis. It has forced American Muslims on the defensive and has impelled them to answer questions about whether this organization truly represents Islam.

American Muslims are repulsed by this extremist organization.

During this very important lecture, we will speak with one voice against the violence that this group has unleashed and refute its ideology. We will also place into context what is happening in the Middle East and how different foreign policy decisions have brought us to this point.

"Never in Our Name - Why ISIS Isn't Islamic" is our attempt at removing any doubt from the minds of anyone that believes Muslims condone of the Islamic State and to show ourselves, above all, that we stand united with humanity to speak with one voice against Daesh.
 
Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
 
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
HAROON MOGHUL is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is also Executive Director of The Maydan Institute, a consultancy devoted to increasing access to Islam and Muslims for corporate, media and non-profit sectors. He has served as Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at NYU (2007-09) and has been selected one of 500 global Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Islamica (where he served as contributing editor) and Tikkun; he has worked as an analyst for the Tabah Foundation of Abu Dhabi. Through the Islamic Center at NYU's new media services, his sermons reach over 30,000 listeners per month in approximately 125 countries. Haroon has spoken across the United States and internationally on Islamic history and culture, contemporary politics in the Muslim world, and radicalism and religious identity. Haroon holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Middle East, South Asian and African Studies. He is completing his Ph.D. from Columbia University and focusing on Islamic political thought in colonial India through the political philosophy of Allama Iqbal’.

ALTAF HUSSAIN is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and his research interests include the integration of immigrant and refugee families, and especially Muslim adolescents, in the United States. Dr. Husain is a former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National), a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), a faculty member of COMPASS - the state of the art management training program of MSA National, chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project - dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. Dr. Husain lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Mona, and their two sons 'Omar and Ahmed.
 
IN COORDINATION WITH
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Emerge USA TX
 
  


 

January 29, 2016  -  ALCC Kickoff Reception

You are invited to the American Lebanese Cultural Center ALCC’s 2016 Kickoff Reception!
Featuring our Motivational Guest Speaker Mr. Nemr Abou Nassar.
 
We would like to:
 - Welcome you and answer any questions you may have
 - Share our Outlook and Goals for 2016
 - Introduce our Board and Committee Members
 
Date: Friday, January 29 2016
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Doubletree By Hilton Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza, Houston TX 77046
 
Hors-d’œuvre will be served
Music by Sawma Entertainment
 
For more information, visit www.alcchouston.org.
  
   


 

January 24, 2016  -  2nd Annual Palestinian Culture Night
  
Join Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston as we celebrate traditional Palestinian culture! Although Palestinians have faced oppression for decades, the Palestinian culture continues to thrive and we want to celebrate that here in Houston. We will have a DJ playing Arabic music, dinner, speakers, dabke, a raffle, and more!
 
$40 Adult Ticket
$20 Student Discount (with I.D.) and Child Ticket
$120 Premium Tickets (for 2, see description below)
$500 Sponsor Table (for 8, see description below)
 
Attire is business casual.
Dinner will be served at 5:30 and programming will begin promptly at 6:45 PM.
 
Premium ticket purchases (2 tickets) includes front seating and a bottle of Canaan Fair Trade Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.
 
A sponsor table purchase (seats eight) includes: one copy of Remi Kanazi's "Before the Next Bomb Drops," ten raffle tickets, eight SJP at UH t-shirts, recognition in our itinerary for the night, and two bottles of Canaan Fair Trade Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. If you purchase a table, please send t-shirt sizes to sjphouston@gmail.com or text 832-359-7021.
 
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or make any type of prize donation for our raffle/auction, please contact Lydia Mousa at 832-359-7021 or email sjphouston@gmail.com.
 
As of now, tickets will NOT be sold at the door. This is for planning purposes and we apologize for any inconvenience.
 
To purchase tickets online, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-palestinian-culture-night-tickets-20406142321

To purchase tickets with cash or check, please contact Lydia Mousa at 832-359-7021 or email sjphouston@gmail.com.
   
   


 

January 23, 2016  -  "Bitter Almonds" Book Signing by Lilas Taha

Meet author Lilas Taha on Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m. at your Sugar Land HPB. Lilas will discuss and sign her new novel "Bitter Almonds"; a heartbreaking and moving story about displacement and exile, family duty and honor, and the universal feelings of love and loss. Hardback copies available for purchase starting January 19 as specially-priced new items while supplies last.
 
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Time: 2 PM
Location: HPB Highland Square, 3203 Hwy. 6 South, Sugar Land, Texas 77478 
   
For more information, click here.
    
   


 

January 23, 2016  -  ACC Call for Board Members Positions
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) is inviting applications from the community for Board Members positions. Board members serve without compensation.
 
The ACC is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization with the sole purpose to promote the Arab Culture; to serve members of the Arab American community; and to build bridges of communications and greater understanding of the Arab Culture amongst the Houston community at large.
 
Potential candidates must be at least 18 years of age, possess professional qualifications, and be in good standing with the community at large.
 
In order to be considered for Board membership, please email Dr. Shaibani, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at ataher@aol.com and include the following required documents:
1) a letter of interest outlining why you wish to be on the Board and how you will be contributing to the community
2) a professional resume/CV
3) the names and contact information for three professional references
 
The deadline to submit applications is Saturday January 23rd, 2016 by Midnight
   
For more information,
contact the Arab American Cultural & Community Center at (832) 351-3366.
      
     


 

January 18, 2016  -  38th Annual “Original” MLK, Jr. Parade
 
 
For more information, click here.
   
   


 

January 16, 2016  -  Theeb Film
  
HPFF is inviting you to watch Theeb.
 
Theeb
"A classic adventure film of the best kind, boasting stunning locales in a well-told story about a young Bedouin boy outwitting potential enemies in the desert." —Variety on “Theeb,” coming this weekend to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's big screen for its Houston premiere.
 
Sat, Jan 16 at 7 p.m.
Sun, Jan 17 at 5 p.m.
Location: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005 
  
For more information, click here.
    
   


 

January 16, 2016  -  Free Public Speaking Workshop
 
Improve your public speaking and presentation skills. Presented by Sami Selo, who holds an MBA from University of Clear Lake, and holds multiple achievements from Toastmasters International Organization.
 
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Time: 7:45pm - 10pm
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094
 
For more information, visit www.maskaty.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
    
   


 

January 15, 2016  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Group Gathering

At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)

Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, 77099
 
Happy New Year
The Ladies group would like to invite you to our first 2016 gathering celebrating the new year on Friday January 15 at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• Bridal fashion show by Widad's Fashion.
• Women health presented by Spring branch community health center .
• African women health project international.
• Dental health and care by Mariam from Brownstone Dental.
• Games,bazzar sale
• Bring a Savory Dish to Share
 
Kids will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
Babysitting is for all kids under 12 and will be charged $5.00/child .
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please
contact the Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston at (832) 351-3366.     
      
 


 

January 9, 2016 - Arabic Calligraphy Classes at ACC
 
Arabic Calligraphy classes resumed on Saturday January 9th. The classes meet biweekly, every other Saturday.
 
Students will learn the beautiful art of Arabic Calligraphy. Classes include a historical background of Arabic calligraphy, an overview of the different styles, an introduction to the rules of letters writing, as well as hands-on practice time. A calligraphy kit will be provided for each student to keep.
  
Beginners Welcome!
  
To learn more about the school and to register,
contact the Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston at (832) 351-3366, or email us at school@acchouston.org.
     
    


 

January 9, 2016  -  ACC Arabic Classes
 
Arabic classes at ACC resumed on Saturday January 9th.
 
The Dr. Amer Sabbagh ACC Arabic School 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.
  
Please follow us and like our Arabic School Facebook page (Dr. Amer Sabbagh ACC Arabic School Facebook) to check our School events & activities.
  
To learn more about the school and to register,
contact the Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston at (832) 351-3366, or email us at school@acchouston.org.