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In this class, learn about Arab breads and pastries enjoyed throughout the Arab world. Participants will learn to make mu'ajinaat, savory Arabic dough pastries filled with a wide array of fresh ingredients and enjoyed as snacks and appetizers. Work with fresh homemade dough and learn about the different flavor combinations of herbs, spices, cheeses, and meats used in different pastries, including Lebanese-style "lahmb'ajeen" meat pies and "fatayer sabanegh" spinach pies. There will be something for everyone's palate, from the vegan to the meat lover.
Event date Saturday, 21 February 2015
Event End Date Saturday, 21 February 2015
Individual Price 35.00

Torture violates international law, U.S. law, and human decency. Yet, as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program confirms, the U.S. has used extensive torture post-911.  Join us for a community conversation open to the public to feel and think – through poetry, film, history and a community conversation – about the contours of where we are, how we got here, and our way forward. The event, which includes an open mic portion, readings from the report, discussions about the effects of torture on victims and communities, and an excerpt from the documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," will conclude with a town hall community meeting to discuss pivotal questions such as: How do we keep responsible people and institutions accountable for committing torture? And how can we strengthen our movements to create a world where torture is rejected? 

Event date Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 17 February 2015

OAKLAND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY MURAL / off the wall series; Art Forces, the Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC) and Nor Cal Friends of Sabeel invite you to join us for an evening of dance, refreshments, and activism: REVOLUTION IS LOVE.

Event date Saturday, 14 February 2015
Event End Date Saturday, 14 February 2015
The Arab Cultural and Community Center invites all to participate in a candlelight vigil Thursday February 12th 7:30pm at Union Square to mourn the loss and honor the lives Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.
Event date Thursday, 12 February 2015
FISH
 
Arabic Cooking and Baking Series: Sayadieh: Flavors of Yemen Part II

In this series, participants will be invited on a hands-on culinary journey through the Arab world, discovering the history, culture, and science behind some of the Arab world's most essential dishes and seizing the opportunity to produce them with your own hands. Taking us from the gulf, to North Africa, to the Levant, in this session, participants will explore the diverse legendary cuisines of Yemen, Tunisia, and Lebanon. 


In this class, participants will learn how to make the mouth-watering savory dish of fish, rice, fried onions and spices called sayadieh. Excellent for seafood lovers, this filling and flavorful dish is the equivalent of Yemeni soul food.

PARTICIPANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER. NO WALK-INS ACCEPTED!


TIME AND DATE
Saturday January 31, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm (3 hours)

PRICE LIST
Single Session $35 
Single Session $30 for ACCC Members*

OUR INSTRUCTOR: Hanan Albar

Hanan Albar is currently the facilities manager at the Arab Cultural and Community Center, where she makes the center feel like a home for ACCC staff and the entire community through her loving care. Hanan was born in Hadramout, Yemen and immigrated to the US six years ago, and is the mother of two children.


OTHER INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2015 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Event date Saturday, 31 January 2015
Event End Date Saturday, 31 January 2015
Individual Price 35.00

 

The ACCC 2015 General Election and Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at 11:00am at the ACCC and is open to all ACCC Members. 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 2015 Board of Directors. Make sure to get involved in shaping our organization! 

Event date Saturday, 24 January 2015

maamoul

 

In this final holiday baking class, participants will learn to make ma'amoul, beautiful semolina flour cookies filled with crushed nuts or dates. Ma'amoul are traditional treats for the holidays and can be served at holiday parties or given as gifts. Come celebrate the season and craft some beautiful holiday treats! 

TIME AND DATE
Saturday December 20, 2014
11:00am-2:00pm (3 hours)

 

 

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

Saturday, December 6th
12:00pm - 4:00pm
SOMA StrEat Food Park
428 11th St. San Francisco

 

On December 6th, 2014, six Wallenberg High School youth organizers will host their first December Hafle: Winter Treats & Arab Beats12:00-4:00pm, in SOMA Food Truck Park, featuring amazing Arab artists and performers including Remi Kanazi, DJ Emancipacion, Excentrik, and more. It is free, open to the community, and family-friendly! 

These six youth initiated an Arab Awareness and Education campaign five months ago, a project funded through the Youth Empowerment Fund of San Francisco, to dispel stereotypes and anti-Arab Racism. They set up a website, http://www.truearabs6.net/, highlighting youth in their community, and this is their culminating project. Join us as we celebrate the season with fun for the whole family! 

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

Join the Arab Cultural and Community Center and Friends of Wadi Foquin for a special talk with Ahmad Sokar, Mayor of Palestinian village Wadi Foquin on Wednesday November 19 at 7pm at the ACCC.

On August 31, 2014 Israel issued land confiscation orders annexing 1000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bethlehem district of the West Bank for expansion of settlement development. Directly impacted is the village of Wadi Foquin. Ahmad Sokar, Mayor of Wadi Foquin, will share with us the resolve to retain the rights to their land and life in their historic homeland.

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

birds

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

7:00pm

ACCC

Join the Arab Cultural & Community Center for a Film Screening and Discussion of Where Should the Birds Fly? as a part of our Palestine film screening series on Saturday, November 15 at 7:00pm.

Where Should the Birds Fly? documents the separate stories and shared experience of two women in Gaza. It opens by briefly introducing us two the two major characters -- Mona Al Samouni and Fida Qishta. Mona Al Samouni is an 11 year old girl whose family died when her home was hit by Israeli rockets during Operation Cast Lead. Fida Qishta, the filmmaker, is a Gazan videographer, teacher, and human rights worker. Born and raised in Rafah, Gaza, she began her filmmaking career as a wedding videographer and soon moved on to working with international human rights observers in Gaza, documenting day to day life under siege.

Event date Saturday, 15 November 2014
Event End Date Saturday, 15 November 2014
Children's Dabkeh at the Arab Cultural and Community Center
ABOUT 

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! 

DATES AND TIMES

Saturdays (September 20 - December 13, 2014)
10:00am-11:00am (60 mins) 
*No class on November 29

PRICE LIST

$12/class
$10/class for ACCC Members*
$90/10 class pack, valid for ACCC Members only

Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member


OUR INSTRUCTOR: Jehad Alshamarkheh


ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be between the ages of 5 and 12 and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Event date Saturday, 01 November 2014
Event End Date Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Individual Price 12.00
Adult Arabic Class - Level II
Adult Arabic Class - Level II
ABOUT

The Adult Arabic class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all community members wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum will use a mix of classical reading and writing in addition to colloquial and modern standard speaking. Level II is designed for intermediate-level students with elementary Arabic reading, writing, and/or speaking skills.

DATES AND TIMES

Thursdays(September 25 - December 18, 2014)
7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours) 
*No class on November 27

PRICE LIST 

$240/12 sessions for Non-members
$200/12 sessions for ACCC Members*

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR: Manar Harb

Arabic is my native language. Influenced by my father, I began writing poetry at an early age. In Palestine, exposure to languages is common; before turning 12, I already had heard and had some practice in French, German, Hebrew and Spanish. Moving to the United States for the first time in 2002, experiences with words and expressions came differently when interacting with Americans. Later after completing my undergraduate studies, I return to my homeland. Noticing the difference in style when using language in the workplace pushed me into researching the origins of language. Winter of 2012, I moved to Oakland to pursue my studies and develop my career in art and writing. The quest continues.


Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member


ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Participants must register for the complete 12-session course series and payment is due in full by the third week of the course.

Event date Thursday, 30 October 2014
Event End Date Monday, 30 November 2020
Individual Price 240.00
Oud Classes at the Arab Cultural and Community Center

ABOUT

In this class, students will be trained on the techniques of playing the oud - the heart and soul of classical Arabic music. Beginners welcome! Participants must provide their own instrument.

DATES AND TIMES

Wednesdays (September 24 - December 17, 2014)
6:00pm-7:00pm (60 mins) 
*No class on November 26

PRICE LIST 

$216/12 sessions 
$180/12 sessions for ACCC Members*

Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member

OUR INSTRUCTOR: Fatima Zohra Lahlou

Born and raised in Fez, Morocco, Ms. Lahlou grew up in the musical traditions of Morocco. At the age of 15 she began her musical training under Haj Mohammed Bennis, a leading singer of religious music in Morocco. During this time, she began training at the Fez Conservatory of Music. She excelled as a vocalist in the Arab Andalusia Musical tradition; she had performed at over 200 festivals and in 2008 was commissioned to perform at a celebration of the 1200-year anniversary of the city Fez, launching her international career. She has since performed as the soloist for the Ensemble Rhoum Al bakkali in France, Switzerland, Spain, Indonesia, and in the UAE. She recently immigrated to the US to continue to use her musical talents for cultural ambassadorship. 



ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Participants must register for the entire 12-session course series and must pay in full by the third week of the course.

Event date Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Event End Date Friday, 30 November 2018
Individual Price 216.00
Adult Arabic Class - Level I
ABOUT

The Adult Arabic class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all community members wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum will use a mix of classical reading and writing in addition to colloquial and modern standard speaking. Level I is designed for beginning-level students with little to no knowledge of Arabic.

DATES AND TIMES

Tuesdays (September 23 - December 16, 2014)
7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours) 
*No class on November 25

PRICE LIST 

$240/12 sessions
$200/12 sessions for ACCC Members*

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR: Manar Harb

Arabic is my native language. Influenced by my father, I began writing poetry at an early age. In Palestine, exposure to languages is common; before turning 12, I already had heard and had some practice in French, German, Hebrew and Spanish. Moving to the United States for the first time in 2002, experiences with words and expressions came differently when interacting with Americans. Later after completing my undergraduate studies, I return to my homeland. Noticing the difference in style when using language in the workplace pushed me into researching the origins of language. Winter of 2012, I moved to Oakland to pursue my studies and develop my career in art and writing. The quest continues.


Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member


ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Participants must register for the complete 12-session course series and payment is due in full by the third week of the course.

Event date Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Event End Date Monday, 30 November 2020
Individual Price 240.00
Adult Arabic Class - Level II
Adult Arabic Class - Level II
ABOUT

The Adult Arabic class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all community members wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum will use a mix of classical reading and writing in addition to colloquial and modern standard speaking. Level II is designed for intermediate-level students with elementary Arabic reading, writing, and/or speaking skills.

DATES AND TIMES

Thursdays(September 25 - December 18, 2014)
7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours) 
*No class on November 27

PRICE LIST 

$240/12 sessions for Non-members
$200/12 sessions for ACCC Members*

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR: Manar Harb

Arabic is my native language. Influenced by my father, I began writing poetry at an early age. In Palestine, exposure to languages is common; before turning 12, I already had heard and had some practice in French, German, Hebrew and Spanish. Moving to the United States for the first time in 2002, experiences with words and expressions came differently when interacting with Americans. Later after completing my undergraduate studies, I return to my homeland. Noticing the difference in style when using language in the workplace pushed me into researching the origins of language. Winter of 2012, I moved to Oakland to pursue my studies and develop my career in art and writing. The quest continues.


Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member


ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Participants must register for the complete 12-session course series and payment is due in full by the third week of the course.

Event date Thursday, 23 October 2014
Event End Date Monday, 30 November 2020
Individual Price 240.00
Adult Arabic Class - Level II

Adult Arabic Class - Level II
ABOUT

The Adult Arabic class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all community members wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum will use a mix of classical reading and writing in addition to colloquial and modern standard speaking. Level II is designed for intermediate-level students with elementary Arabic reading, writing, and/or speaking skills.

DATES AND TIMES

Thursdays(September 25 - December 18, 2014)
7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours) 
*No class on November 27

PRICE LIST 

$240/12 sessions for Non-members
$200/12 sessions for ACCC Members*

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR: Manar Harb

Arabic is my native language. Influenced by my father, I began writing poetry at an early age. In Palestine, exposure to languages is common; before turning 12, I already had heard and had some practice in French, German, Hebrew and Spanish. Moving to the United States for the first time in 2002, experiences with words and expressions came differently when interacting with Americans. Later after completing my undergraduate studies, I return to my homeland. Noticing the difference in style when using language in the workplace pushed me into researching the origins of language. Winter of 2012, I moved to Oakland to pursue my studies and develop my career in art and writing. The quest continues.


Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member




ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Participants must register for the complete 12-session course series and payment is due in full by the third week of the course.

Event date Thursday, 23 October 2014
Event End Date Monday, 30 November 2020
Individual Price 240.00
Oud Classes at the Arab Cultural and Community Center

ABOUT

In this class, students will be trained on the techniques of playing the oud - the heart and soul of classical Arabic music. Beginners welcome! Participants must provide their own instrument.

DATES AND TIMES

Wednesdays (September 24 - December 17, 2014)
6:00pm-7:00pm (60 mins) 
*No class on November 26

PRICE LIST 

$216/12 sessions 
$180/12 sessions for ACCC Members*

Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member

OUR INSTRUCTOR: Fatima Zohra Lahlou

Born and raised in Fez, Morocco, Ms. Lahlou grew up in the musical traditions of Morocco. At the age of 15 she began her musical training under Haj Mohammed Bennis, a leading singer of religious music in Morocco. During this time, she began training at the Fez Conservatory of Music. She excelled as a vocalist in the Arab Andalusia Musical tradition; she had performed at over 200 festivals and in 2008 was commissioned to perform at a celebration of the 1200-year anniversary of the city Fez, launching her international career. She has since performed as the soloist for the Ensemble Rhoum Al bakkali in France, Switzerland, Spain, Indonesia, and in the UAE. She recently immigrated to the US to continue to use her musical talents for cultural ambassadorship. 



ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Participants must register for the entire 12-session course series and must pay in full by the third week of the course.

Event date Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Event End Date Friday, 30 November 2018
Individual Price 216.00
Adult Arabic Class - Level I
ABOUT

The Adult Arabic class series is designed to offer Arabic language instruction to all community members wishing to increase their connection to and/or understanding of Arab culture and identity through learning the Arabic language. The dynamic and interactive course curriculum will use a mix of classical reading and writing in addition to colloquial and modern standard speaking. Level I is designed for beginning-level students with little to no knowledge of Arabic.

DATES AND TIMES

Tuesdays (September 23 - December 16, 2014)
7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours) 
*No class on November 25

PRICE LIST 

$240/12 sessions
$200/12 sessions for ACCC Members*

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR: Manar Harb

Arabic is my native language. Influenced by my father, I began writing poetry at an early age. In Palestine, exposure to languages is common; before turning 12, I already had heard and had some practice in French, German, Hebrew and Spanish. Moving to the United States for the first time in 2002, experiences with words and expressions came differently when interacting with Americans. Later after completing my undergraduate studies, I return to my homeland. Noticing the difference in style when using language in the workplace pushed me into researching the origins of language. Winter of 2012, I moved to Oakland to pursue my studies and develop my career in art and writing. The quest continues.


Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member


ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Participants must register for the complete 12-session course series and payment is due in full by the third week of the course.

Event date Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Event End Date Monday, 30 November 2020
Individual Price 240.00
Children's Dabkeh at the Arab Cultural and Community Center

ABOUT 

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! 

DATES AND TIMES

Saturdays (September 20 - December 13, 2014)
10:00am-11:00am (60 mins) 
*No class on November 29

PRICE LIST

$12/class
$10/class for ACCC Members*
$90/10 class pack, valid for ACCC Members only

Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member


OUR INSTRUCTOR: Jehad Alshamarkheh


ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be between the ages of 5 and 12 and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Event date Saturday, 18 October 2014
Event End Date Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Individual Price 12.00
Dabkeh at the Arab Cultural and Community Center
ABOUT 

For those who have always wanted to learn the steps of the popular and folkloric dance of the Levant - this class is for you! Join our dabkeh class series to learn about the history, origins, and cultural significance of the dabkeh and learn basic steps and choreography so you'll be ready to join in at the next wedding or cultural event.

DATES AND TIMES

Fridays(September 26 - December 12, 2014)
6:00pm-7:30pm (90 mins) 
*No class on November 28

PRICE LIST

$12/class
$10/class for ACCC Members*
$90/10 class pack, valid for ACCC Members only

Not an ACCC member? Sign up today to take advantage of class discounts and other member benefits at http://arabculturalcenter.org/index.php/become-a-member

OUR INSTRUCTOR: Jehad Alshamarkheh

ADDITIONAL INFO

*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2014 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Event date Friday, 17 October 2014
Individual Price 12.00