PAST EVENTS



movie in the park: SALAM NEIGHBOR

by unicef next generation and karam foundation

Grab your blankets and join UNICEF NextGen and Karam Foundation for a screening of Salam Neighbor in the park!

From the same team that brought you Living on One DollarSalam Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Seward Picnic Grove/Seward Park
375 W. Elm St. Chicago, IL 60610

tickets for karam guests $10



The george washingtion university

No Lost Generation: Student Leadership Conference | panel with lilah khoja

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Join government and private sector officials and college students to discuss the response to the Syrian refugee crisis with a particular focus on providing education to all children in need. With an innovative and interactive format, the conference will seek to provide projects and ideas for students to work on in conjunction with outside organizations to greatly improve the impact that college students have on the refugee crisis.

Friday, April 29, 2016 • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

 


MSU REFUGEE SYMPOSIUM

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH AYA SAMMAN

Karam Foundation’s Aya Samman will be speaking on a panel about mental health among Syrian refugees at Michigan State University's Refugee Symposium. We are grateful to the German Program, Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University for organizing this conference and for inviting Karam Foundation to share our work and experiences with you.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2• 1:15-3:00 PM
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY  WELLS HALL B122
220 TROWBRIDGE RD• EAST LANSING, MI


AL SHAM: A NIGHT FOR SYRIA

GLOBAL WEEK FOR SYRIA AT THE MARKAZ

Global Week For Syria brings to life the possibility that Syria would once again take its place as a beacon of rich culture, deep history, and unwavering hope for human compassion and understanding. Syrian music on oud and percussion with Naser Musa, along with co-authors Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shaimi presenting their major new book, "Burning Country," plus Syrian American spoken word artist Omar Offendum.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 • 7:30-10:30 PM
THE MARKAZ • 5998 W PICO BLVDLOS ANGELES, CA


BOSTON PREMIERE OF SALAM NEIGHBOR

FEATURING A Q&A SESSION WITH FILMMAKERS ZACH AND CHRIS

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 • 7:00 pm
AMC BOSTON COMMON 19
175 TREMONT ST.,• BOSTON, MA


KARAM AT THE SETA CONFERENCE IN DC

PANEL FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN REFUGEES

We are grateful to the SETA Foundation of DC for inviting Kenan Rahmani to represent Karam at the Conference on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and speak on the panel for women and children refugees. Other panelists included Nadia Alawa of NuDay Syria, Ahmad Tarakji of SAMS, and Paul Reisoli of IRC. Thank you to SETA DC for organizing this conference and for inviting us to speak.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30• SETA FOUNDATION
1025 CONNETICUT AVE • WASHINGTON D.C.


SCALES OF SYRIA WITH KARAM CEO

KEYNOTE ADDRESS WITH LINA SERGIE ATTAR

Co-founder and CEO, Lina Sergie Attar was invited to speak at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The event was incredibly successful, drawing in an engaged audience and knowledgeable group of panelists. We are grateful to the Medina program for organizing this event and to the Aga Khan Program, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard Graduate School of Design for their support.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25• 2:30 pm
HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN
48 QUINCY ST. • CAMBRIDGE, MA


FORUM ON SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

DISCUSSION WITH SAMIA AKHRAS

Karam Foundation's Director of Development, Samia Akhras was invited to speak on a forum dedicated to the Syrian refugee crisis. The forum included perspectives from panelists specializing in other areas relevant to the discussion, including Rabbi Brian Besser, who discussed the importance of helping refugees, Professor Elizabeth Dunn from Indiana University, immigration attorney Christie Popp, and Imam, Dr. Abdul Karim Baram who provided a brief history of Syria.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29 • 7:00 PM
BETH SHALOM CONGREGATION
3750 E. THIRD ST • BLOOMINGTON, IN


NEW ANDALUCIA: RE-ENCOUNTER OF FLAMENCO AND ARABIC MUSIC

ART ON THE CORNER'S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Art on the Corner's annual fundraiser concert will donate a portion of the concert proceeds to support Karam Foundation's Smart Aid programming.

About the performance: In 711 A.D., Arabs crossed Gibraltar into Iberia and for the next eight centuries a tremendous exchange took place. Great minds, ideas and art crossed the strait of Gibraltar (Jabal Tariq) back and forth and created a rich mix that transcended the boundaries of religion, ethnicity and language. It is in this esthemus, this land in between, that giants such as Averroes, Maimonides, Alfonso El Sabio and Zyriab emerged. Thirteen centuries later, six musicians and dancers, who have been working together for a decade, strive to recreate this era through their music as immigrants in New York City. Both the time and the place of this encounter are significant as New York becomes the New Andalucia with an afternoon of convivencia (coexistence).

The six musicians of New Andalucia are Alfonso Cid on vocals, flute and cajón, Arturo Martínez on guitar, Bárbara Martínez on vocals and dance, Taoufiq Ben Amor on vocals, oud and percussion, Ramzi Eledlebi on percussion and dance, and Bay Ridge resident Zafer Tawil on oud and violin.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27th • 4 PM
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
7420 FOURTH AVE • BROOKLYN, NY 11209


Syrian Refugee Event

with lilah khoja

United welcomes Professor Provence and Karam Foundation for a night about Syria and its refugees. Join us to learn more about this topic as well as the importance of charity in Judaism and Islam.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25th • 6-7:30PM
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
STUDENT LEADERSHIP CHAMBERS PC EAST• 4TH FLOOR

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A NIGHT WITH JAMAL SOLEIMAN

DINNER & COMMUNITY NIGHT

Join Karam Foundation and other Syrian non-profits in the region for a dinner with Syrian actor Jamal Soleiman, who will speak on the urgency of Syria's crisis.

Ticket Prices:
$40 per person
$400 for a table of 10

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 • 6:30 - 9:00PM
ASHTON PLACE BANQUET
341 75TH STREET • WILLOWBROOK, IL


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“Not in my Backyard”

panel discussion with roya naderi

The office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Chicago invites you to a panel & discussion on Islamophobia with Karam Foundation's Roya Naderi and Silk Road Rising's Jamil Khoury. We hope to engage participants in meaningful discussion around how fear of the “other” has shifted our understanding of “American” values. The event will be followed by student-facilitated small group dialogues.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15th • 6-9PM
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
CENTER FOR IDENTITY & INCLUSION
5710 S WOODLAWN AVE• CHICAGO, IL

 

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LOVE YOUR (REFUGEE) NEIGHBOR CONCERT

MUSIC BY BASSEL & THE SUPERNATURALS, PRESENTATION AND CONVERSATION BY LINA SERGIE ATTAR

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 • 7-9PM
KINGSWOOD UMC
401 W DUNDEE • BUFFALO GROVE, IL

FREE ADMISSION• ALL AGES


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A Night for the Refugees Talent Show

Join the UCR Middle Eastern Student Center and Muslim Student Association for a night of performances from talented individuals all over Southern California! Join the event on Facebook.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO KARAM FOUNDATION'S PROGRAMS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 • 6:30 PM
UCR University Theatre
900 University Ave• Riverside, CA 92521


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Yasmina’s Necklace

theater PERFORMANCE written by ROHINA MALIK  & POST-SHOW DIALOGUE WITH LINA SERGIE ATTAR

Meet Abdul Samee: his father is Iraqi, his mother is Puerto Rican-but if you ask him, he’ll say he’s Italian. Longing to shed his cultural identity he changes his name to Sam, marries an American and does everything in his power to turn his back on his heritage. But when Sam meets Yasmina, a beautiful woman from his father’s homeland, he begins to learn that a tree without roots cannot stand for long.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 • 7:30 PM
16th Street Theater / Berwyn Cultural Center
6420 16th Street• Berwyn, IL 60402 


 

Oh My Sweet Land

silk road rising performance & post-show talkback with lina sergie attar

SYNOPSIS 
They call it a civil war
but there is nothing civil about it
nothing civil at all

They came from Damascus, from Aleppo, from Banias where the bombs fall day and night and the wounded children look like sleeping angels. Now they live in camps and abandoned buildings in Lebanon and Jordan, as Syria's becomes a haunting memory.

A Syrian woman prepares kibbeh in her kitchen, while recounting tales of her vanished lover. Her stories bring to life an ancient land torn apart by a cruel war. Oh My Sweet Land is written by Amir Nizar Zuabi, rising star of the Palestinian theatre.

WRITTEN BY Amir Nizar Zuabi
PERFORMED BY Amy J. Carle
DIRECTED BY Anna C. Bahow

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 • SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 • 4:00 PM
PIERCE HALL AT THE CHICAGO TEMPLE BUILDING
77 . WASHINGTON ST.• CHICAGO, IL


 

Generosity to Syria: Karam Foundation

Panel and Q&A session

Join SOS at DPU, and our co-host, MEPA, to welcome Karam Foundation's Co-Founder/CEO Lina Sergie, along with a panel of her team members Razan Wafai, Alia Abdul-Samad, and Jenna Hindi. Arabic coffee and sweets will be provided.

WEDNESDAY • JANUARY 13, 2016 • 6-8PM
DEPAUL STUDENT CENTER ROOM 380
2250 N SHEFFIELD• CHICAGO, IL 60614


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Music for Syria

A BENEFIT FOR REFUGEES 

Local Musicians and students come together for this benefit concert for Syrian Refugees in the US and in Turkey. Music from Mozart to excepts from our friend, Syrian composer, Kinan Azmeh's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (piano reduction by Hugh Keelan). Musicians from Claremont and Brattleboro will come together, including Angela Biggs, Hugh Keelan, Jenna Rae, and Melissa Richmond. 

TUESDAY • JANUARY 12, 2016 • 7:30PM
CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE


holiday bazaar in ca 

sip, snack and shop 

A holiday bazaar featuring Karam Foundation's Scents of Syria Soaps, Vintage Overcoats and Handmade Jewelry. Come enjoy the afternoon mingling with friends and shopping for a good cause. This Event is free and open to the public. Join us!

100% OF PROCEEDS from soaps will benefit
 KARAM FOUNDATION

SATURDAY • DECEMBER 12, 2015 • 2PM -  6PM
SANTA ANA, CA


Vocalist Gaida (shown here) is known for her original and highly personal style marked by great emotional intensity. The "Syrian Nightingale" "evokes the emotional storminess of legendary singers like Warda and Om Kalthoum


Vocalist Gaida (shown here) is known for her original and highly personal style marked by great emotional intensity. The "Syrian Nightingale" "evokes the emotional storminess of legendary singers like Warda and Om Kalthoum

SyRIAN CONCERT IN NY

TO BENEFIT SYRIAN REFUGEES FEATURING GAIDA

In a rare appearance, Gaida, known as "The Syrian Nightingale" for her impeccable musical intuition and velvety yet crystalline voice, will sing bluesy originals from her album "Levantine Indulgence."

Lina Sergie Attar, Karam Foundation's CEO and Zora O'Neill, who also recently returned from cooking meals for refugees in Lesvos, Greece, will be speaking and give slideshow presentations of their work.

100% OF PROCEEDS WILL GO TO KARAM FOUNDATION

SUNDAY • DECEMBER 13, 2015 • 7PM -  9:30PM
BROOKLYN, NY


         Artwork: "Ghouta" by Syrian-American artist Kinda Hibrawi

         Artwork: "Ghouta" by Syrian-American artist Kinda Hibrawi

gala benefit IN ca

hosted by the democracy council

An Evening to Benefit Syrians displaced by Violence and Extremism will raise funds to pay teachers and doctors in refugee camps providing essential services in Syria and Turkey. 

Speakers include Ambassador Fred Hof and Jay Abdo, a Syrian-American actor. Contributions are tax-deductible.

The Democracy Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, is dedicated to promoting human and civil rights, rule of law and civil society development in emerging countries.

portion of PROCEEDS benefit KARAM FOUNDATION

SUNDAY • DECEMBER 13, 2015 • 5PM - 7PM
MARINA DEL RAY, CA






 

SOAP PARTY 

SCENTS OF SYRIA INITIATIVE

Each item is hand-made and embroidered by women in Damascus who work in order to support their families. They lost homes family members and jobs but remained determined to restore traces of the dignified life they once had. Transport a precious SCENT OF SYRIA into  your home, while supporting this small business run by women in Damascus 

100% of proceeds will go to support Karam Foundation's Scents of Syria, an initiative
that supports 50 families in Damascus ruN
by displaced women 

SATURDAY • JULY  25, 2015 • 11AM  -  2PM
NEWPORT BEACH, CA


iftar fundraiser 

benefiting the milk4syria program 

The Milk4Syria Distribution Center, located in the city of Binnish in Northern Syria, provides communities inside Syria with a stable and consistent supply of infant formula each month through a monthly voucher system which is dependent upon the need of the family and the number of infants that require infant formula. Also on hand during the dinner and for sale, was Karam's 'Soaps for Syria' initiative, a sustainable business supporting 50 displaced women in Damascus.

100% OF PROCEEDS WILL GO TO SUPPORT KARAM FOUNDATION'S MILK4SYRIA PROGRAM, which supports 600-800 BABIES each MONTH through consistent montly deliveries of infant formula. 

THURSDAY • JULY  9, 2015 • 8PM- 11PM

GALATA BISTRO
827 SANTA CRUZ, AVE
MENLO PARK, CA 94025


RAMADODGEBALL

SERVING HUMANITY THROUGH SPORT 

Dive into the game! You can form a team and get ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge all while supporting a noble cause.

Spectators can watch the tournament unfold and cheer on the players! Full suhoor will be served.

 

100% of proceeds will go to support Karam Foundation's Smart Aid for Ramadan, an initiative that provides food baskets to Syrian families inside Syria. 

SATURDAY • JUNE  27, 2015 • 11PM  -  3:30AM

LIFETIME FITNESS . 1633 S LA GRANGE RD . ORLAND PARK, IL


NOT INVISIBLE

AN EVENING FOR SYRIA 

Art • Photography • Music
Live Stories from the Syrian-Turkish Border
Red Balloon Messages of Hope

PROJECT SYRIA: Virtual Reality Tour

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UNION MARKET AT THE DISTRICT
2493 PARK AVE • TUSTIN , CA

SUNDAY • JUNE  7, 2015 • 4 - 7PM 


BIKE THE DRIVE 

WITH THE KARAM TEAM

HELP PAVE THE ROAD TO COLLEGE
Syrian Refugee High School Students in Reyhanli, Turkey

LAKE SHORE DRIVE CHICAGO, IL

SUNDAY • MAY  24, 2015