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Michael Kim Jamal R.



New York, NY
Hometown: Hell'z Kitchen!

Organizer since:

June 17, 2006


Do you speak Arabic? If so, what dialect(s). Do you know Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha?) Can you read, write & speak Fusha? Answering this question will help us to better offer suitable language workshops for the club.

I'm studying Modern Standard Arabic (MSA FuSHa) and can read/write/speak at a 'patchy' intermediate level. I speak Moroccan Arabic (Darija Maghrabi) much better, having lived in Morocco while working as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Have you visited the Middle East, and, if so, where and in what capacity? For that matter, where have you traveled outside the US?Do you speak other languages besides English & Arabic?Feel free to share whatever info you'd like.

I lived in Morocco while working as an Environmental Educator with the United States Peace Corps.I also taught English at the ALC in Marrakesh.I've ridden my bicycle across Europe & across America twice.I know very basic French,& it sounds Horrible!

How did you find this group and, now that you're here, what do you want from it? For example, do you prefer Middle Eastern Music events, Dinner Parties, Language Workshops, Live Theatre, or just getting together to meet new people and have fun?

I've been the Director of the NYC Arabic Language &Culture Club for 2 years.I contacted Christian,the previous Organizer,with the idea of co-hosting some events.Although I live in NYC,many of our club members are based in DC.I'm up for ANYthing!

What is your favorite Middle Eastern Dish?

Ruby! Well, actually I Love a good Tagine al'hout m'3 Harirra, but Keskasoo m'3 djaj is pretty good too!

What is something distinctly 'You' which most people don't know about?

I bicycled across the United States twice, carrying all my gear, as well as through Europe. I'm an avid backpacker and enjoy rock-climbing, caving, and skydiving!


aSalam 3'liykum!I'm the Director of the NYC Arabic Language & Culture Meetup Club. I wanted to say hello because you are the second biggest Arab club in Meetup next to ours!I thought we could collaborate an event sometime,insha'Allah­

What Michael Kim Jamal R. is saying about this Meetup Group

I recently took over the leadership of this club from Christian Bissan. I haven't yet had the chance to meet most of you, but look forward to doing so soon, incha'Allah. We have a wonderful thing going here, something important, which we need to keep going. Please, if you have comments, suggestions, or ideas on the club, contact me or any of the Assistant Organizers. Shokran Jazilan! Michael Kim 'Jamal' Riegelman

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