Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Upcoming Programs

3/4: March Feature Event - EGYPT NIGHT

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Egypt Night 

Saturday, March 4, 2017
6:30 PM - 10 PM

Adults: $25 / $22 for Alif Institute members
$10 / Children 12 years old and under
Free babysitting!

RSVP required to by Friday, March 3.

An elegant Egyptian evening, catered by Cairo Cuisine! In addition to delicious Egyptian style coffee and tea, the menu includes:

Appetizers: Pickled Eggplant, Hummus, Mish (traditional Egyptian cheese)

Main Course:
Vegetarian: Fattah, Koshary, Hummus El Sham
Meat: Chicken Shish Tawook, Mesakaa, Molokhia, Makarona, Bechamel, Bamia

Dessert: Um Ali

Throughout history, Egypt has been called many things. Come to Alif Institute and find out why she is called “Mother of the World” and “Gift of the Nile.” Explore Egyptian culture and history in an elegant and educational evening celebrating this timeless civilization. Enjoy interactive games and presentations, authentic Egyptian cuisine, music, and much more!

Please share our Facebook Event or visit our Event webpage.

What We Carried: Fragments & Memories From Iraq and Syria

What We Carried



Alif Institute is proud to host this unique exhibit from the Arab American National Museum. We invite you to visit this truly wonderful and enlightening piece of growing history. Please bring your family and friends and take part in the captivating stories being told through the power of photography and perseverance.

About the Exhibit: Created by Portland based photographer Jim Lommasson, this living project brings to light the life-changing decisions made by Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland in search of safety and a better life for themselves and their families in the United States. The objects they carried and the intense personal stories behind them combined with personal images illustrate the common threads that bind all of humanity: the love shared for family and friends and the places people call home.

Exhibit Opening: On March 25 at 2:00PM, Alif community members and friends are invited to celebrate the opening of What We Carried: Fragments & Memories of Iraq and Syria. Photographer Jim Lommasson will be visiting us from Portland, Oregon for our opening and will be adding new material from our Iraqi and Syrian communities to help the exhibit continue to be successful in connecting humanity. Join us March 25 and meet Mr. Lommasson!

This exhibit, on loan from the Arab American National Museum, will be on display at Alif through June 3. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Schools and community groups are encouraged to call ahead to make a reservation.

Exhibit Dates:  MARCH 25 - JUNE 3

Exhibit Hours: TUE - FRI 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM , SAT 10 AM - 4 PM 

The exhibit is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC during normal business hours.

What We Carried is a great program for school and group visits. Contact us to organize a group visit.


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To learn more about the exhibit please contact us at or call us at 770-936-8770.


New! Cooking Class Series


Traditional Arabic cuisine taught by experienced teachers presented in a friendly, fun, and culturally rich environment at Alif Institute!    

Thursdays from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

3 classes $60/$54 for member                                                   
Per class: $25/ $22 for member                                                      

To register, please send an email to

March 2, 2017
Syrian Menu (Vegetarian): Harraq Esbao, Mamunih

March 16, 2017 
Lebanese Menu:  Burghol Bedfeen, Othmalia                                     

March 30, 2017
Lebanese Menu:  Bamia and Badhenjan Bitahinih (Vegetarian), Ashtaliyeh 

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Learn to prepare a full delicious meal and dessert and sample all the food prepared.

Our teachers are an experts who have mastered the art of preparing delicious Arabic food and are happy to share their menus and tips!

Reservations and prepayments are required. Places are limited and a minimum of 4 participants is required to hold each class.

Beginners are welcome! Class is open to all!

NEW! Sewing Classes for Children

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4 Saturdays:  21 JAN, 4 FEB, 18 FEB, 4 MAR

Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Children Ages 8 and up

Max. Nbr of Students per class: 8

Skills Learned: 

During these 4 lessons your child will learn how to use a sewing machine, master specific beginner skills and create some fun, age appropriate projects. 


$75 per student (includes material)


Mrs. Angela Khoury

Shine a light on Arab culture!

Now is the time to raise our profile, use our voices, and preserve our heritage. Now is the time to shine our light on Arab culture.

Keep Arab Culture Alive

Culture is important. Culture helps define who we are. A bridge between our past and our future, it is both malleable and constant. At its best, culture is an expression of our humanity. As such, it binds us not only to our own community but to other communities as well.

Alif’s mission is to foster the understanding and appreciation of Arab culture. We empower the Arab-American community by teaching the next generation how to celebrate Arab heritage as an integral part of American life and the fabric of Atlanta’s diverse community. We also reach out to non-Arab Americans to invite them to experience the graciousness, beauty, and diversity of Arab cultures.

Desire for Alif’s work continues to intensify. This year we are on track to surpass the 10,000 people directly reached by our programming last year. We expanded outreach to schools and community organizations. The Annual Atlanta Arab Festival was featured on 20 digital billboards around the metro-Atlanta area, drawing more than 5,000 attendees to our event. And, Alif significantly raised its profile by organizing educational and entertaining events at some of the most-high profile venues in Atlanta, including Woodruff Arts Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta History Center, Fernbank Museum, and Piedmont Park.

In response to increasing demand, we increased the capacity of our Arabic Language Program and improved our facility with a new playground outside and by adding computers and large screens to each classroom. We leveraged your generous donations, volunteer hours, and grant funds to increase staff hours, professionalize our staff and board structures, and created a new Advisory Council. For more impactful outreach, we worked with a professional marketing consultant to produce a marketing plan for Alif. In October, our first Fellow, Mr. Sheen Atwa, began his nine-month tenure with Alif staff to promote our mobile exhibit in local schools and collect Arab-American stories through our community partner, StoryCorps.

In an effort to prepare for continued increasing demand, Alif has begun a professionally-led strategic planning process. While we are open to where this process takes us, we do know that we need to continue to make significant improvements to our facility and increase our staff structure.

What can you do to help us reach our next goals? Can you give a tax-deductible donation of:WMDIssa small
$100 for educational and classroom materials? [Arabic Language Program]
$250 to host a presentation about Arab culture at schools? [Outreach Program]
$500 to sponsor an author’s presentation or a film screening? [Cultural Programs]
$1,000 to sponsor a performance or build on to our traveling exhibit?
$2,500 to rent high-profile venues to present programs attracting a much wider audience?
$10,000 toward funding a major renovation of our event room so that we can increase our capacity and improve the quality of our programs?
• A sustaining membership in whatever amount is comfortable for you, automatically deducted each month for your convenience? Sustaining memberships give Alif Institute a stable and predictable income so that we can confidently plan our future.

National and global events have created a highly polarized environment where education about different cultures is more urgently needed than ever. Times of change and uncertainty present many opportunities. Now is the time to raise our profile, use our voices, and preserve our heritage.

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Please, help us shine a light on Arab culture! Please DONATE now and help us KEEP ARAB CULTURE ALIVE!


Alif Institute board, staff, and volunteers



Contact us

  • Telephone: 770-936-8770 
  • 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340

  • Operating Hours
    Tue: 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM* (when Arabic Classes in session)
    Tue - Fri: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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