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In this class, participants will learn about the history, chemistry, and cultural significance of the core staple of Arab cuisine  bread. Participants will learn how to prepare and bake basic bread dough and make one of the most popular street foods in the Levant  manaqeesh, or Arabic pizza.

Event date Saturday, 20 September 2014
Event End Date Saturday, 20 September 2014
Individual Price 33.00

In this class series, children and youth will learn about the history, origins, and cultural significance of the popular and folkloric dance of the Arab Levant - the dabkeh - and practice the basic steps and choreography! 

Event date Saturday, 20 September 2014
Event End Date Saturday, 20 September 2014
Individual Price 12.00



Tears of Gaza Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday, September 6th, 7pm

Arab Cultural and Community Center

2 Plaza St. San Francisco

Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a record–presented with minimal gloss – of the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population

Tears of Gaza makes no overriding speeches or analyses. The situation leading up to the incursion is never mentioned. Similar events certainly occurred in Dresden, Tokyo, Baghdad and Sarajevo, but of course Gaza isn’t those places. Tears of Gaza demands that we examine the costs of war on a civilian populace.

Watch the trailer here:

This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

Event date Saturday, 06 September 2014
Event End Date Saturday, 06 September 2014

The ACCC is delighted to co-host Palestinian American vocalist Dalia Marina as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival on Thursday July 24 at 12:30pm. Dalia presents an eclectic set of Jazz, Latin jazz, and soul-infused classical Arabic repertoire. She is joined by guitarist Carl Eisman and contrabassist Miles Jay.

For more info, visit Yerba Buena Gardens Festival website.

Event date Thursday, 24 July 2014
Event End Date Thursday, 24 July 2014



The ACCC cordially invites all community members to join us for an Iftar Dinner on Tuesday, July 15th at 8:30PM. All are welcome. Come enjoy delicious Arabic food on this occasion to gather as a community this season. We look forward to receiving you in our newly renovated center!

RSVP on Eventbrite today!


Event date Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The ACCC is thrilled to welcome Arab Idol and Palestinian Superstar Mohammed Assaf along with the renowned Lebanese vocalist, Ziad Khoury. Tickets are on sale now! (Previously purchased tickets are still valid).

Friday, May 23rd 
Doors @ 7:00pm, Concert @ 8:00pm
Fox Theatre 
2215 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063

To purchase tickets:

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Event date Friday, 23 May 2014
Event End Date Friday, 23 May 2014
Individual Price 69.00

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Event date Saturday, 17 May 2014
Event End Date Saturday, 17 May 2014


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This year’s Arab Women’s Conference is themed “‘Quwat Al Mar’aa: The Power of Woman’” and highlights Arab women’s work to empower themselves and others, from home lives to social movements. What are the creative ways that Arab women across the Arab world and in diaspora have built our personal and collective power?    How do Arab women’s diverse backgrounds in terms of class, religion and sect, nationality, gender identity and sexuality affect our experiences of power?    What can Arab women do to heal the divides and damage created by different forms of oppression we face and grow our collective power across our differences? This year’s conference aims to highlight Arab women's incredible work to empower their communities and each other and to share tools for the collective empowerment and growth of our beautifully diverse community.  


Event date Saturday, 05 April 2014
Event End Date Saturday, 05 April 2014
Individual Price 25.00


When: Wednesday, March 19th, 4:30pm


Where: Mission High School Library


3750 18th St.
San Francisco


The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco cordially invites you to the Release and Kick-Off for our path-breaking Racial Equity Toolkit "Inclusive Classrooms: A Resource for Educating About the Arab World and the Arab Experience in America"on Wednesday, March 19th at Mission High School in San Francisco. This toolkit is aligned withCalifornia Common Core standards and includes already-made lesson plans and other resources that are engaging and practical, and is intended for educators looking to expand their classrooms to include the narratives and histories of their Arab and Arab American students.

Event date Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Event End Date Wednesday, 19 March 2014

All ACCC Members are encouraged to come to our 2014 General Election and Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at 7pm at the ACCC. Our annual membership meeting is an opportunity for our members to hear updates on current activities and programs, approve annual reports, guide the direction of the organization, and vote in our 2014 Board Members. We want to hear your input and plug you in! Make sure to get involved in shaping our organization.


Event date Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Event End Date Monday, 30 November 2020
Cut off date Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The ACCC is happy to co-sponsor a special screening of Jehane Noujaim's new documentary The Square followed by a panel discussion. The Square takes a look behind the headlines of the Egyptian Revolution, exploring the uprisings through the personal stories of Egyptian youth struggling to create a society of conscience.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Roxie Theater
3117 16th St., San Francisco

Event date Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Event End Date Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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Come join the ACCC Family at our holiday celebration on Saturday, December 14th! We at the ACCC cherish the opportunity to gather as a community, meet new faces, and celebrate the spirit of the season! Join us for an evening of Arabic music, fun crafts and games for kids, and delicious refreshments.
Saturday, December 14th 5pm @ ACCC
2 Plaza St. San Francisco

Suggested $10 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)


Event date Saturday, 14 December 2013
Event End Date Saturday, 14 December 2013
Individual Price 10.00

Join ACCC, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, and the Arab Film Festival for this joint youth-oriented screening. Films will explore issues of Arab and Muslim youth identity in the U.S. Join us for pizza, movies, and a fun time!

$5 admission


Film Screening Series

Event date Saturday, 07 December 2013
Event End Date Saturday, 07 December 2013
Individual Price 5.00

ACCC is thrilled to partner with Stars on Tour to co-present

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Mohammad Assaf in concert!

Mohammed Assaf (Arabic:محمد عساف ‎, born in 1 September 1989) is a Palestinian singer well known for being the winner of the second season of Arab Idol, broadcast by the MBC network. He was given the nickname Asaroukh ("The Rocket") by Lebanese singer and Arab Idol judge Ragheb Alama. In 2013, Assaf was named a goodwill ambassador for peace by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). He was also named ambassador of culture and arts by the Palestinian Authority and was offered a position with "diplomatic standing" by the Palestinian president Mahmood Abbas.

Assaf was acclaimed by the jury and the public. His voice and appearance have drawn comparisons to Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez, which has garnered Assaf both fame and controversy. Fans merged part of Hafez's name with Assaf's, as in Assaf Hilm Falastine ("Assaf Palestine's Dream"). His victory received world-wide coverage from the media and was welcomed with joy by Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world.

Purchase tickets online or call the Box Office M-F 9am-5pm at (408) 792-4111.


Event date Friday, 29 November 2013
Individual Price 45.00

Join ACCC, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, and the Arab Film Festival for this joint screening of the film, The Last Step, as part of our fall Arab and Muslim Film Series!


The Last Step

is a compelling puzzle of a film that tells the playful tale of an Iranian couple before, during and after the husband's death. This critically-acclaimed Iranian film by director Ali Mosaffa stars Leila Hatami and Mosaffa himself. The film is based partly on Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich and James Joyce's The Dead, while also alluding to Persian literature. For more information, check out Hollywood Reporter's review of the film here.

$5 admission


Film Screening Series

Event date Friday, 01 November 2013
Event End Date Friday, 01 November 2013
Individual Price 5.00

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ACCC is proud to partner with KQED, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Arab Film Festival and the San Francisco Public Library on a public screening of Arab American Stories, a PBS documentary series that explores the diversity of the Arab-American experience. Hosted by NPR's Neda Ulaby, this character-driven documentary profiles Arab Americans making an impact in their community, their profession, their family or the world at large. Talk with local leaders, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Lara Kiswani, and Soraya Hosni in a Q&A panel discussion moderated by Serge Bakalian.

Tuesday, October 29
San Francisco Public Library- Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102

5:00pm Reception
5:30pm Address by Mayor Ed Lee
6:00pm Film Screening

Speaker Bios:

Soraya Hosni is the executive director of the Arab Cultural and Community Center. Soraya is completing her Phd in Cultural Anthropology and is a visual anthropologist and cultural activist. She uses stories, video and photography as a mean to transmit intergenerational knowledge and empower isolated communities with a specific emphasis on children and youth. She was a former visiting scholar at the Ethnic Studies in Berkeley University, developing her theoretical work on indigenous ways of knowing & decolonial methodologies. This research looks for ways of connecting stories, cultures and peoples. Soraya has experience with nonprofits, grant writing, strategic planning, management, leadership & cost allocations, among other things. She is Tunisian & French, born & raised in Paris.

Lara Kiswani is the executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. She is Palestinian raised in the Bay Area. She has organized with antiwar, immigrant rights, feminist, community, youth and student organizations. She also worked as a youth and adult educator in nonprofits and schools. Lara completed her undergraduate studies at UC Davis, majoring in International Relations with an emphasis on Peoples and Nationalities, also helping to establish the Middle East South Asia minor. She earned an MA in Education at SFSU where her research focused on Palestinian Americanyouth identity, language and decolonization.

Dr. Hatem Bazian is co-founder and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim Liberal Arts College in America. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bazian teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in AmericaDe-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Between 2002 and 2007, Bazian also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

In addition to Berkeley, Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In Spring 2009, he founded the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims.

Recently he was named in the category for Social Justice as one of The
Muslim 500; The World's Most Influential Muslims by The Royal
Islamic Strategic Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Funding for this event is generously provided by Detroit Public Television


Event date Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Event End Date Tuesday, 29 October 2013

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ACCC is happy to co-host the screening of Fida Qishta's new film Where Should the Birds Fly? Wind down after the Cultural Festival and enjoy this film screening and Q&A Saturday night at the ACCC! Co-hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine - UC Berkeley.

Where Should the Birds Fly? tells the story of the efforts of Gazans to live and work under conditions of siege, and documents the horrific Israeli military attack, it is also about the struggle of these two women to maintain humanity, humor and hope, and to find some sense of normality in a world that is anything but normal. Through the lens of the camera we see the different sides of Gaza -- the border, the lives of farmers and fishermen, the impact of military attack, and the effort to pick up shattered lives and maintain humanity.

What: Film Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Fida Qishta

When: Saturday, October 5 7PM

Where: ACCC, 2 Plaza St. San Francisco

Free entry!

Event date Saturday, 05 October 2013
Event End Date Saturday, 05 October 2013


San Francisco's Union Square transforms into an Arab bazaar for one Saturday every year, offering food, games and entertainment to the whole family. This year's theme is a celebration of the Golden Era of Arab Music!

The Arab Cultural Festival is the largest celebration of Arab arts and culture in Northern California. Since 1995, this day-long event has showcased the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, and, most importantly, the spirit of Arab Americans and of the Arab world. On the stage at the center of the booth bazaar, performers will present Arab music and dance from across America and the Arab world.  



Event date Saturday, 05 October 2013
Event End Date Saturday, 05 October 2013


ACCC is thrilled to present DAM the legendary Palestinian hip hop crew in concert in San Francisco!

DAM's latest album "Dabke on the Moon" has received world-wide acclaim, with their song, "If I Could Go Back In Time" reaching #4 on the World Music Network charts. Video here:

BIO: Heralded by the major French newspaper Le Monde as "the spokesman of a new generation," DAM began working together in the late 1990s. Struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac video to the streets in their own neighborhood of Lyd, Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, Mahmoud Jreri were inspired to tell their stories through hip hop.

Ten years of performing all over the world has strengthened DAM's commitment to continue living in their hometown of Lyd working to provide the youth of the city and neighboring communities with programs and opportunities that have otherwise been denied to Palestinian citizens of Israel. In addition, they have conducted workshops for young people from the West Bank to the US, Canada, and Europe.

DAM's music is a unique fusion of east and west, combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies, and urban hip hop. Their work has been influenced by artists as varied as Ghassan Kanafani, Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Mahmoud Darwish, Naji al Ali, Tupac, Biggie, Public Enemy, MBS, K'naan, and Pharoahe Monch.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see DAM right here in SF!


Location: 518 Valencia St. San Francisco

$10 in advance or for ACCC members & students (with valid ID)
$15 at the door

Purchase tickets at:

Check out the Facebook event:

Co-presented by the General Union of Palestinian Students, SFSU.

For more information, call 415-664-2200 or email

Event date Friday, 04 October 2013
Event End Date Friday, 04 October 2013
Individual Price 10.00


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ACCC is delighted to co-sponsor singer Fella Oudane as a part of Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Concert Series! Don't miss out on this free performance Thursday, and make sure to come out see Fella at the Cultural Festival on Saturday as well!


Fella Oudane grew up in Algeria and was considered a Chaba, an established North African Rai singer, at the young age of 15. She has recorded and performed with some of the world's most accomplished artists, including Cheb Nasro, Claude Afota, Rachid Taham, and Natacha Atlas. Presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.


Check out the event on the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Page and on Facebook!


When: Thursday, October 3 12:30PM

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, Esplanade, San Francisco

The concert is FREE to the public!


Event date Thursday, 03 October 2013
Event End Date Thursday, 03 October 2013