Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Blog

By Hanane Lahnaoui
Summer Intern, 2014

The Arab American Institute hosted its third annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Iftar on Tuesday, July 15th at AAI’s office. The event was well attended by young Arab American professionals and students as well as friends from the DC area.

AAI Executive Director Maya Berry welcomed our guests to the event and promoted UNRWA’s Ramadan campaign for Palestinian refugees, which matched donations dollar for dollar and is continuing to seek donations, as well as the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, which delivers direct medical care in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon.

As members of the community gathered to celebrate and break the fast, these vital organizations and their work were highlighted as a reminder of the ongoing tragedies in Gaza and Syria.

AAI’s ELP program allows young professionals, including current AAI interns and recent graduates in the DC area, to gather monthly and to learn about important topics to the Arab American community from prominent leaders and experts in their respective fields.

55 young professionals attended AAI’s 2014 Iftar from community-based organizations, Al Jazeera, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Department of Homeland Security, the Council on Foreign Relations, Meridian International, the Department of State, and Capitol Hill.

As with many AAI events, the Iftar was a great opportunity for young professionals to celebrate and share the spirit of Ramadan with members of the community and to meet and network with others in the area.

Learn more about our ELP program and sign up here.