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karam foundation's annual mother's day brunch in chicago
Join Karam Foundation for our 11th annual Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13th. Together we will celebrate all the beautiful mothers in our community. Early bird ticket rates are available for adults until May 1, tickets purchased after May 1 will be $95.
Sunday May 13, 2018
11 AM - 2PM
The Westin Lombard
70 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148
Early Bird Adults: $85
After May 1st: $95
Children 3-12: $45
Proceeds to benefit Karam Foundation.
karam foundation x wework present: a chat with chelsea handler
Comedian, talk show host, author, and activist, Chelsea Handler will be discussing today's trending issues, what's important now, and her passion for helping Syrian refugees.
Chelsea has been a longtime supporter of Karam Foundation. She has sponsored the education of dozens of Syrian refugee children for more than a year, helping stabilize Syrian refugee families living in Turkey so that their children do not have to work, and can instead access a quality education. Chelsea's generosity has extended to support Syrian families that have recently resettled in the United States. In May 2017, Chelsea made a generous contribution to Karam Foundation's pilot Jumpstart program for Syrian refugees, allowing us to provide transportation assistance and overall support to over 17 Syrian refugee families across 8 states.
A BLESSED WARDROBE FOR SYRIA BY MARIAM SHIBLY
Join us for an evening of fashion, food, and fun! A Blessed Wardrobe will showcase designs by Chicago-based designers, SubeenaZ, Niswa Fashion, The Luxelle, Kiran Faisal and Muslima Chic with stunning jewelry by Velvet Rose Jewelry. Appetizers and sweets will be provided by Honey Doe Chicago, Sweet Soirees Chicago and Caked by Aamrah. You will also have a chance to shop designs by the designers after the show as well as pop-up shops featuring products by The Hijab Vault, H Cakes, Noor Cosmetics, Alina's Boutique, Darzah Designs. Ticket proceeds will benefit Karam Foundations programs for Syrian families in need. Get your tickets today!
Cozy Up with Karam
Karam Foundation to Host Winter Warm Up Coat and Blanket Drive, and Open House at Gorton Community Center.
Lake Forest, IL, September 7, 2017 – Karam Foundation extends an invitation to the public to join them for tea, coffee, and Syrian-style desserts on Thursday, October 5, from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Gorton Community Center, Stuart Room, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, Illinois.
Guests are encouraged to bring new or gently used coats, snow pants, winter accessories, blankets and Halloween costumes for donation to our Winter Warm Up Coat and Blanket Drive for Chicago-area Syrian refugee families, to be held Wednesday October 25, 2017, from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie. Those who bring donations to the event will receive a Sweet Pete’s coupon.
lunch with chelsea handler
Join us for an exclusive luncheon with one of America’s most talked about celebrities. Meet comedian, author, and talk show host, Chelsea Handler! In 2012, Chelsea was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She currently hosts the popular Netflix talk show, Chelsea. We are thrilled to share an afternoon with such a bright, bold, and inspirational figure. Chelsea has been a longtime supporter of Karam Foundation. She is currently sponsoring dozens of Syrian refugee children to go back to school and is a fierce advocate for our programs supporting Syrians in need.
Chelsea has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, including award-winning actors and actresses, rappers, musicians, and more! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Chelsea Handler live! Please join us as #ChelseaDoesChicago at the award winning, 5-star Langham Hotel in Downtown Chicago. Proceeds will benefit Karam Foundation’s Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee children and youth.
Refugees, Resiliency, and Public Space; The BSA Syria Initiative
The charrette will take place in three meetings, in March and April, 2017. The first will be a kickoff and in-depth information exchange; the second, a hands-on workshop, concluding with a spectrum of concept ideas; and the third, the final presentation.
Kickoff - Friday, March 24, 2017, 9:00 am–noon
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 Dollar, Salam 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
No Lost Generation: Student Leadership Conference | panel with lilah khoja
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-Shami presenting their 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 BLVD• LOS ANGELES, CA
BOSTON PREMIERE OF SALAM NEIGHBOR FEATURING A Q&A SESSION WITH FILMMAKERS ZACH AND CHRIS
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
Karam CEO/Co-Founder, Lina Sergie Attar will speak at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 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's Director of Development, Samia Akhras will speak on a forum dedicated to the Syrian refugee crisis. The form will include perspectives from panelists, including Rabbi Brian Besser, Professor Elizabeth Dunn from Indiana University, immigration attorney Christie Popp, and Imam, Dr. Abdul Karim Baram.
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
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.
$40 per person
$400 for a table of 10
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 • 6:30 - 9:00PM
ASHTON PLACE BANQUET
341 75TH STREET • WILLOWBROOK, IL
“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
LOVE YOUR (REFUGEE) NEIGHBOR CONCERT
MUSIC BY BASSEL & THE SUPERNATURALS, PRESENTATION AND CONVERSATION BY LINA SERGIE ATTAR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 • 7-9PM
401 W DUNDEE • BUFFALO GROVE, IL
FREE ADMISSION• ALL AGES
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
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
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
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
SATURDAY • DECEMBER 12, 2015 • 2PM - 6PM
SANTA ANA, CA
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
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
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
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
827 SANTA CRUZ, AVE
MENLO PARK, CA 94025
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
AN EVENING FOR SYRIA
Art • Photography • Music
Live Stories from the Syrian-Turkish Border
Red Balloon Messages of Hope
UNION MARKET AT THE DISTRICT
2493 PARK AVE • TUSTIN , CA
SUNDAY • JUNE 7, 2015 • 4 - 7PM