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The AMAAN Committee seeks to provide compassionate assistance to the latest wave of Arabic-speaking refugees, people who have fled unprecedented civil strife, destruction and human suffering in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Our aim is to provide relief and support to those in Northern California who may be in need of assistance. In doing so, we rely primarily on the Arab-American community and our cultural norms that emphasize generosity, compassion and solidarity.

After months of deliberation and reflection, the AMAAN group adopted a mission statement to guide our work and that reflects our assessment of needs and our own capacities to address those needs: “Empowering individuals and communities to heal, unite and thrive.”
Likewise, our conversations and interactions produced a vision of what we want our work to produce over the long term and, after careful consideration, we adopted the following vision statement: “Support refugees and others in their transition to a stable and secure life by creating a robust and sustainable social services and referral center that leaves no one behind.”
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Annual Meeting & Holiday Potluck

Join us for our Annual Meeting & Holiday Potluck. More Details to come.

October 24 Social with Speaker Hana Itani

The Board of Directors of the Arab-American Cultural Center in Silicon Valley, cordially invites you and your friends to attend the October 24th informative gathering on the following timely topic:

“Voting is Your Chance to Choose: Find All the Information You Need to Get Ready for the November 4th, 2014 California General Election”

Presenter:  Hana Itani, Founding Member of AACC,  and Recently-Elected President of the League of Women Voters, South Santa Clara Valley

Date: Friday, October 24 at 7:00 PM

Where: Arab-American Cultural Center, 3968 Twilight Drive, Building 2, San Jose, CA 95124 (408-377-2722)

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30PM

2014 Summer Picnic!

The Board of Directors of the Arab-American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley cordially invites you, your family and your friends to the 2014 Summer Potluck Picnic!


Date: Saturday, September 27

Time: 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Where: AACC, 3968 Twilight Drive, San Jose, CA 95124 (Houge Park)

What to Bring:

  • A Dish of your Favorite Finger Foods to Share
  • Your Good Cheers
  • Your own chicken/meat to BBQ (Finding a grill may be difficult as we are sharing the park and finding one vacant may be tough.)

Center will provide: Charcoal Briquettes, Ice Water and Soft Drinks

For more information, please contact Sami Ibrahim (sami.ibrahim@sjcc.edu)


Origins of the Crisis in Gaza

The Revolution Continues

Speaker:  Dr. Sharat Lin, Former President of San Jose Peace and Justice Center and  an eyewitness to two Egyptian revolutions in two years

An Enchanted Evening of Arabic Poetry

Speakers: Salwa Ghamrawi, Sameera Abuhmaid and Sami A. Ibrahim

San Jose Mayoral Candidates Forum

Coordinators: Jeff Ajlouny and Salem Ajluni

Does My Vote Count?

Speaker: San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis

The Arab Song and How it has always Reflected the Arab Mood

Speaker: Ein El Hayah Fahmi, Arabic language instructor