Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Upcoming Programs

Friday, June 2: Iftar @ Alif

Iftar at Alif. stock-illustration-of-stylish-ramadan-lantern 18-5114

Please join us at 8:00 PM on the evening of Friday, June 2, for a Traditional Ramadan Iftar. We will learn about different Ramadan customs, discuss the impact of Ramadan on the Arab world and beyond, and share a delicious meal with old friends and new.

Friday, June 2, 2017

8:00 PM (Gathering) || 8:45 PM/Sundown (Dinner)


  • Pre-Purchased (up until June 1): $25 per adult, $15 per child (12 and under).
  • At The Door (pending availability): $30/adult, $20/child (12 and under).

SPONSORSHIP Opportunity:

  • Gold Sponsor: $500 (Receive 4 tickets, VIP seating, and acknowledgement - if desired)
  • Silver Sponsor: $250 (Receive 2 tickets, VIP seating, and acknowledgement - if desired)

We accept payment online, over the phone (770-936-8770), or at the event.  


  • The event will be held at the Alif Institute located at 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340


  • Free Babysitting available for children between the age of 2 and 12.

RESERVE your IFTAR Tickets Today!

Check our Facebook event

All across the Arab world, Muslims are preparing to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. For an entire month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and will break their fast with an iftar, or “breaking the fast.” Because Muslims make up a majority of the population in most Arab countries, the observance of Ramadan has great significance for the entire society. During Ramadan, Muslims invite their friends of all faiths to an iftar so that they can share in the celebration.

This Traditional Iftar Dinner along with all Alif programs aims at fulfilling our mission by bringing together different traditions and cultures for educational experiences in a fun and welcoming environment!

Please help us fulfill our mission by:

Becoming a SPONSOR!

  • Gold Sponsor: $500 (Receive 4 tickets, VIP seating, and acknowledgement - if desired)
  • Silver Sponsor: $250 (Receive 2 tickets, VIP seating, and acknowledgement - if desired)

Becoming a VOLUNTEER!

  • We need volunteers to help serve food and organize the event.

If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this or other special events, or for any additional information please email 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

May 18, 2017
Syrian Menu : Beef Shawarma, Biwaz’ Salad, Madloqa Belsmeed

June 1, 2017
Lebanese Menu:  Burghol Bedfeen, Othmalia

June 15, 2017
Lebanese Menu: Sayadia Samak (Fish), Ashtaliyeh

             Othmalia  o44images (3).jpgimages (4).jpg 140222051158305-AJ_S01__FISH SAYADIEH_IMG0013.JPG

  • 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!

Click here to download the flier.

NEW! Sewing Classes for Children

Childrens Sewing classChildrens Sewing class 2


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



2/17: Movie & Dinner - Hassan wa Morcus

Hassan wa Morcus (Hassan and Marcus)Hassan wa Morcus

Friday, February 17, 2017

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 RSVP by Thursday, February 17:
Call 770-936-8770 or Email

Hassan wa Morcus (2008) | 2hrs | Comedy / Drama
Directed by: Rami Imam | Starring: Adel Imam, Omar Sharif, Lebleba

About the story:
When the lives of Mahmoud, a Muslim Sheikh (Omar Sharif) and Boulos, a Christian Priest (Adel Imam) are threatened by religious extremists on both sides, the Egyptian government inducts them into a witness protection program that requires them to disguise themselves as the Christian Marcus and a Muslim Sheikh, Hassan el-Attar, respectively.When, unwittingly, they move into the same building, a friendship blossoms that must, along with a romance between the protagonists' children, withstand the difficulties of prejudice and social persecution. --IMBD

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

Connect with us

We're on Social Networks. Follow us & get in touch.