Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Upcoming Programs

Dec 11: A Taste of Christmas in the Arab World

Alif Taste of Christmas A Taste of Christmas in the Arab World
and Holiday Food Drive


Sunday, December 11, 2016

12:30pm to 4pm

1:30pm: Presentation on Christmas traditions.

Free and open to the public.

Join us any time between 12:30pm and 4pm to experience some Arab Christmas traditions. Lunch and treats available for purchase.

Taste some delicious traditional Arabic Christmas sweets! Buy some to eat here or take home!
Create some Arabic decorations!
Learn about Christmas traditions in the Arab World!
Buy some items at the Alif Bazaar to take home or give as gifts.
Donate your non-perishable food items! We will donate all food collected between now and December 11 to a local charity.


If you would like to Volunteer for this event  or if you have a Christmas Tradition or Recipe to Share please contact us at 770-936-8770 or at

Invite your family and friends through the Facebook event

11/20: Ibtisam Barakat @ The Center for Civil and Human Rights

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Award-winning author, Ibtisam Barakat

NOVEMBER 20, 2016, 3 PM - 5PM 
3 PM to 4 PM: Keynote speech and a reading followed by Q&A
4 PM to 5 PM: Book signing and Mediterranean themed reception

Free and Open to the Public, RSVP Recommended

The Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Alif Institute are hosting a Middle-Eastern themed reception for Palestinian-American, award-winning author and poet, Ibitsam Barakat as she shares her new memoir BALCONY ON THE MOON (FSG/Macmillan 2016). Detailing her life as she came of age in Palestine from 1972 – 1981, a politically turbulent decade in Palestine’s history, this book explores several important themes, including human rights; the costs of wars and unresolved racial strife; and the equality of educational opportunities for girls. “[An] intense memoir. A poetic, deeply felt coming-of-age story.” – Kirkus Reviews, 2016

This is a FREE event. Please click here to RSVP. Click here to download the flyer.


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"I wish ALIF had been around when I was a child.

I grew up in Oxford, GA, where there weren't any other Arab-Americans around.  I don't think many of the kids in my classes at school knew what an Arab was, other than knowing us.  It would have been so nice to have had something like ALIF around then, to know other families and to learn the language and the stories and the dancing and the cooking and everything else that ALIF offers!  I'm so grateful that it's around now for my children."   --Nadia Ali, Ph.D, Alif member



Things big and small we sometimes take for granted. Because we are so focused on building a stronger and more vibrant community, we forget what it was like before Alif Institute was created. When someone told us that she wished Alif had been around when she was growing up, it surprised us a little and made us realize that we were taking this place for granted.


In addition to many positive and wonderful developments, 2015 also saw the escalation of some extremely troubling situations. We believe that now, more than ever, places like Alif are essential to building the foundation for a better future. The transformative power of Culture and the Arts to illuminate our common humanity is one of the most important tools in addressing local, national, and international challenges.


CULTUREYOU helped us make this Alif’s biggest year ever! As we begin to look back on 2015, it becomes obvious that we accomplished a great deal. For this, we say THANK YOU…and, please continue to help with a year-end donationWe need your support to Keep Arab Culture Alive! Please DONATE—your money, your time, and your talent. Become a sustaining member!


Alif’s programs, infrastructure, and impact are growing! For the past eleven years, Alif has worked to connect humanity through the power of arts and culture as we foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Arab culture. This year, we achieved more than ever before toward this goal. Building upon existing programming, we created the Alif Summer Camp and regular Monthly Special Events. We also began making presentations at schools and organizations with our new traveling exhibit Windows to the Arab World. We are working hard to make Alif’s space as useful and appealing as possible to better support our mission. For the second year in a row, we converted existing space into new classrooms in order to accommodate the increase in Arabic languagstudents.VOLUNTEERS


All this, and more, was accomplished with YOUR help. But we can’t stop now! Next year, we hope to deepen current programming, add some new features, expand our outreach to schools and organizations, and continue improvements to the facility as funding permits.


Again, THANK YOU for your generous support this year. Let’s see what great things we can accomplish together next year!



Alif Institute board, staff, and volunteers 




1/8: Arabic Language OPEN HOUSE

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Start out the New Year by learning a new langague! Come to our Arabic Language OPEN HOUSE and:

  • Learn more about Alif classes and programs.
  • Meet our instructors. Register for classes.


Adult Classes start on Tuesday, January 17 and Saturday, January 28.
Children's Classes start on Saturday, January 14.

The Alif Institute offers Arabic language courses for adults, toddlers, children and youth at several levels of proficiency. These classes focus on various language skills and emphasize the integration of language and culture.

Please click HERE to download the Open House Flyer. Check out our Arabic Language Page for more information about Alif's Arabic Language Program!

11/12: Children's Book Reading & Signing with Nayera Salam




Saturday, November 12, 2016

1:30pm – 3pm


AWARD-WINNING author, Nayera Salam will read her book and lead activities!

Free and open to the public. 

Lunch will be available for $5. RSVP by 11/11/16.

Signed copies will be available for $20. 

The tiny ants defeat big elephant Fritz’s threat when they decide to take action and fight for their right! In this rhyming fantasy, the tiny ants unite and defend their colony’s mound. They earn the respect of all the jungle animals even though they are the smallest creatures around. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book's message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery.
Book's message: Stand up for your rights, no matter how small you are! With attached puzzle.

The book also features an attached 24-piece puzzle.

About the author: Nayera Salam has a Master's degree in Education from Emory University, and more than thirty years teaching experience. She is now retired and lives in Atlanta with her husband. She has two children and is the proud grandmother of two granddaughters.

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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