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Alif Institute Executive Director

Alif Institute Arabic Language Program Director

Dear Friends of Alif,

We are pleased to announce that the Alif family is expanding. Two important transitions are taking place within our organization as Ghada Muhanna and Angela Khoury step into different roles by the end of this year. Please click on the links above and below for job descriptions for Executive Director and Arabic Language Program Director, contact us if you are interested or have questions, and forward widely to your networks. 

As you know, Ghada is one of the people who "birthed" Alif's Arabic Language Program to become the most important non-university language program in the southeast today. Through her steadfast dedication, she built an outstanding curriculum that has taught hundreds of children and adults to speak, read and write Arabic. Her wealth of knowledge about the Arab world and its culture contributed to the many diverse programs Alif offers today. 

How fortunate the day for Alif when Angela came through the door to bring her children to enroll in the language program!  She first became an engaged volunteer, then a dynamic Board member, and ultimately took up the mantle of our first Executive Director. Her ability to attract new members to Alif, both Arab as well as non-Arab, has been a mark of distinction that has cultivated broad interest in our mission. One cannot meet Angela without recognizing her charisma, passion, and gift to see possibilities where others might not.

Under both Angela's and Ghada's leadership, the organization has blossomed. We are extremely grateful that these two talented and dedicated women will continue their strong connection with Alif in different roles: Angela will re-join the Board of Directors and Ghada will focus on her passion of creating the highest quality curriculum for non-native speakers. 

Please click on the links above or below for job descriptions for Executive Director and Arabic Language Program Director, contact us if you are interested or have questions, and forward widely to your networks.  In doing so, you'll help us attract the best and brightest candidates and increase our ability to educate about Arab culture and counter negative stereotypes.

Thank you in advance for helping us write Alif’s next chapter! 

In gratitude,

Susan M. Anderson

Interim Executive Director

Alif Institute Executive Director

Alif Institute Arabic Language Program Director

New! Fall Cooking Class Series


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

FRIDAYS 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

Friday, September 8, 2017
Sayadia Samak (Fish), Ashtaliyeh

Friday, October 6, 2017
Chicken Shawarma, Tartoor’ salad, Othmalia

Friday, November 3, 2017
Burghol Bedfeen, Layali Libnan

3 classes $60/$45 for member  |  Per class: $25/ $22 for members

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  • Learn to prepare a full delicious meal and dessert and sample all the food prepared.
  • Our teachers are 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! Classes are open to all!

9/29: September Movie & Dinner

September Movie & Dinner:  8 Borders 8 Days

8 Borders, 8 Days

Friday, September 29 at 7 PM

7:00 pm: Dinner | 7:45 pm: Movie begins

Movie: Free and open to the public
Dinner: $18 / $15 for Alif members 
(Vegetarian option available upon request.) 

To reserve a meal, please purchase by Thursday, September 28 by visiting our web page

For more information, please call 770-936-8770 or Email

8 Borders, 8 Days (2017)
1h 28min | Documentary | Written by Joseph Singer | Directed by Amanda Bailly

A single mother shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out. 8 Borders, 8 Days is her story; the intimate details of why a fiercely-determined mother is willing to risk her children’s lives for a better future and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

9/22 & 29: Painting Classes @ Alif

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Painting Classes @ Alif    Art Classes Summer 2017

FRIDAY, September 22 & 29, 2017
11 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Mrs. Teresa Abboud
$30 for both classes.
Supplies are included!

Register NOW for this two-part course on Arabic-style painting! Email us at or call 770-936-8770.


In this course, you will learn the basics of mixing colors. By the end, you will produce a work of art to treasure! Have fun getting in touch with your inner artist while meeting new people!

9/30: Annual Fall Family Picnic


Saturday, September 30, 2017

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee per person: $12 / $10 for members
Fee per family (with children 18 or under): $40 / $30 for members

All members and friends are invited! 
Bring a dessert to share if you like!

Please RSVP by September 28, 2017.

Fall is in full swing and it is the perfect time for our annual Alif Picnic Day!

Come and enjoy great food, great company, and some fun games. Activities will include music, food (burgers and manakish), card games, backgammon, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and of course the new playground!

We also need your help! Please visit our SignUpGenius to sign up to help!

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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