Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Upcoming Programs

8/12: Arabic Language OPEN HOUSE


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 Arabic Language  Open House 
Saturday, August 12, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Adult Classes start on Tuesday, August 22 and Saturday, August 26   

Children's Classes start on Saturday, August 26

Click  here  to view the schedule of the Fall semester.


  Arabic for Adults    Arabic for Children   Tutoring

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APPLY NOW: NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship

APPLY NOW for the 2017 - 2018 NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship program at Alif Institute!FellowshipGraphic2017

For the second year in a row, the National Network for Arab American Communities has awarded Alif Institute with one of their Transformative Leaders Fellowships! NNAAC will give us a grant to award this prestigious, nine-month fellowship to an outstanding Arab American who is a college or graduate student or recently graduated.

For more information, please visit the NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship page.

To apply:

  1. Go to the NNAAC application and fill out the ONLINE FORM.
  2. Send your resume and one letter of recommendation to Alta Schwartz, Alif Institute's Director of Outreach & Development.


Title: NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship

Organization Name: Alif Institute

Supervisor Title: Alta Schwartz, Director of Outreach and Development

Number of Positions: 1

Schedule: TBD upon selection of candidate. Start date October 1, 2017; End date in June 29, 2018.

Hours Per Week: 16, or the equivalent of 576 hours over the course of 9 months

Financial Compensation: $3,500 stipend over Nine Months

Credit Hours Earned: Varied by College Requirements

About Alif Institute: The mission of Alif Institute is to foster the understanding and appreciation of Arab cultures. Alif Institute is a nonprofit, non-religious, and non-political American education, culture, arts, and enrichment center with a focus on Arab cultures and Arab Americans.


  • Candidate must identify as Arab American.
  • Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Candidate must be a current college junior or senior or recent graduate.
  • This is a nine month commitment. Candidate must agree to complete the entire length of the Fellowship.
  • Fellows must travel twice during their fellowship. The first time, in October, will be with their cohort to training in Dearborn Michigan. The second time, in Spring 2018, will be to Washington, D.C. to take part in advocacy week. All expenses will be paid by NNAAC. In addition, Fellows will be required to participate in monthly trainings offered electronically by NNAAC. Experience in nonprofits, volunteering, and policy helpful.
  • Desire to learn about nonprofit management and leadership skills.


  • Coordinate traveling exhibit, Windows to the Arab World: From the MidEast to the Southeast:
    • Expand exhibit content: Research aspects of Arab culture and work with graphic designer to create educational posters for display.
    • Outreach to schools, universities, and civic and government organizations to host the exhibit.
    • Present: Help give presentations about the exhibit to host organizations and help recruit/train presenters.
    • Fundraise: Research funding opportunities and help write grants.
  • Build our library of Arab American stories with StoryCorps:
    • Collaborate with the StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization.
    • Solicit local Arab American members of the community to record their personal stories with StoryCorps. Motivate them to preserve and share their heritage.
    • Research resources to edit the stories and incorporate them into Alif’s permanent exhibit and traveling exhibit.
    • Fundraise to cover expenses for editing the stories.
  • Non-Board coordinator for Alif Board of Directors sub-committee:
    • Meet with a Board sub-committee every other month.
    • Take notes, make recommendations, and liaise with board members about committee business.
  • Final presentation:
    • Fellow will present a summary of their experience and activities to members of the Alif community at the end of the contract period.


Contact Name: Alta Schwartz

How to apply: This is a two-step process:

  1. Please complete the NNAAC application form here:
  2. Please send a resume and one letter of recommendation from a past or present faculty, staff, or community member via email to the following address:

Phone Number: 770-936-8770

Alif Institute address: 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340

Alif Institute website:

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! Levantine Arabic + Summer Intensive

Levantine Arabic

Alif introduces two New Courses: Levantine Arabic & Summer Intensive.

Levantine Arabic - Syria - Lebanon - Palestine - Jordan.

Levantine Arabic is the dialect of Arabic spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. With over 20 million speakers— and widespread usage in Arabic language music, film, and television— this dialect is understood by most native speakers, all the way from Morocco to Iraq.

Alif Institute is excited to now offer a Levantine Arabic course focusing specifically on the everyday language you hear on the streets of Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem, Amman, and all through the Levant. The class uses resources with the spoken language transliterated in Latin letters as well as the Arabic alphabet for those already familiar with Modern Standard Arabic.

The following three schedule options are available:

Tues & Thurs

or Tues & Thurs or  Saturday

12:00 - 1:30 PM
May 16 - July 11

No class on July 4

7:00 - 8:30 PM
May 16 - July 11

No class on July 4

1:00 - 4:00 PM
May 20 - July 15

No class on July 1

  • Course length: 8 weeks /24 hours
  • Tuition: Valid Alif Membership + $325 (With $25 discount if paid by May 8, 2017)
  • Book: Liddicoat, Mary-Jane, Richard Lennane, and Iman Abdul. Rahim. Syrian Colloquial Arabic: A Functional Course. Australia: M. Liddicoat & R. Lennane, 2011. 
    • Alif Institute can facilitate a student price of $20 for a digital version of this book.

Summer Intensive - Introductory Arabic

Intensive Introduction to Arabic provides students with a comprehensive base for further studies in Arabic language and culture. It is best to view this as an Arabic “primer” with the aim of giving the students an advantage when continuing to study Arabic. Several months will be covered in just 2 weeks. This will be aided by a fully immersive environment wherein the teacher and students will communicate exclusively in Arabic.

Students will develop five skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. By the end of the course, they will be able to:

  • Read, write, and pronounce most of the Arabic alphabet.
  • Use basic greetings and courteous expressions.
  • Introduce themselves and others as well as ask simple questions.
  • Speak about themselves and give simple descriptions.
  • Be familiar with the differences between formal and spoken Arabic.
  • Be familiar with various aspects of the Arab culture such as social customs and traditions.

Dates: Monday through Friday, June 19 - June 30

Course length: 2 weeks / 50 hrs

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fees: Valid Alif Membership + $525 Tuition [$25 off if paid by June 12, 2017] + Materials


Registration & Membership Info:

  • Students may register on line or by mail before the deadline of May 8, 2017. 
  • For more information please contact us at or at 770-936 9770.
  • Membership: Alif annual membership is required for all students. There are several options for membership:
    • Sustaining :  Monthly donation of any amount of $10 or more | Family : $75 per year  | Individual : $45 per year   | Student  (for students 18+ y.o.): $25 per year
    • To become a Member click on My Membership / Become a Member.
    • To check or Renew your membership please visit the page My Membership / Membership Renewal/History
    • Membership dues are tax-deductible and are valid for one year from the day of joining.

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Summer Day Camp 2017.

Immerse your children in Arab culture as they enjoy fun activities!

Session Dates: Camp consists of two one-week sessions. Campers may attend session one, session two or both sessions.
Session 1: Monday, June 5 - Friday, June 9
Session 2: Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16.

Children’s Ages: Camp is for children ages 3 to 9 years (young children must be potty-trained.)

Camp Hours: From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Pre-Care & Post-Care will be available for an additional charge:

  • One hour in the morning, from 8:00 - 9:00 AM
  • Two hours in the afternoon, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM


Typical Schedule of Activities:

All sessions, activities and visits will focus on Arabic Language and Arabic culture

  •  9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Morning activities with strong focus on Arabic language and culture)
  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (Lunch break)
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm (Afternoon activities: art, music, dance, games, movies, sports)

During the week we will receive special visits and guests. In previous years we receive the local Fire Department, children authors (Mrs. Amal Freiji, Mrs. Nayera Salam), from Pediatrician Dr. Laura Badwan, from animator Mr. Haider Najeeb and from illustrator Mrs. Teresa Abboud.

The children will enjoy a very special field trip per week. In previous years the field trips were to the following locations: Fernbank Museum, Peachtree Dekalb Airport  and Tiny Towne.

On Friday June 9 at 2:30 pm and on Friday June 16 at 2:30 pm, the children will present a performance to all the parents. The show will be videotaped and shared with parents uanble to attend.


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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