NYC Arabic Language and Culture Social Club

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نادي نيويورك لغة و الثقافة العربية

نادينا يهتم بجمع شمل العرب و كل الاشخاص المهتمون بالغة و التقافة العربية في مدينة نيويورك العضيمة نحاول في نادينا ان نغير الافكار السلبية المتخدة عن العرب من بعض الناس
نحاول ايضا ان نصنع قناطر جديدة من الصداقة الثفاهم بين كل افراد هذا النادي


We are an extremely diverse group of people who come from a wide variety of ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds. We gather together to practice communicating in Arabic (MSA as well as colloquial dialects) as much as possible. Beginners do not fear! You must start somewhere!! Our members range from complete beginners to native fluent speakers - some are even Arabic professors and private tutors. Whatever your skill level is, you are welcome to join us. Everyone is friendly and always eager to help! biggrin

We also attend cultural events pertaining to North Africa and the Middle East. Some past events include the 6th Annual New York Arab- American Comedy Festival, 'a Night in the Maghreb', a concert at Lincoln Center featuring Idir (Algeria) and Najat AAtabou (Morocco), numerous art exhibitions, such as the recent opening reception of 'Feminizing Colors - Modern Interpretations of Women's Role in Society', by the Saudi Artist Muneera al'Kaltham, and film screenings, including a special pre-release of the upcoming 'Amreeka', by writer/director Cherien Dabis, as well as numerous lectures by renowned speakers such as Dr. James Zogby.

Newcomers are always welcome at any of our events. Please go through our website and look around. Also, check out the links below - as there are some great resources for anyone interested in Arabic Language and Culture! laughing


My name is Michael Kim 'Jamal' Riegelman. I'm the Modir/Director of the club. I can be reached via eMail @, or my Cell @ (347) 523-3937

A photo taken at al'WaHa Arabic Village, where I worked teaching Arabic for the summer (2006)

I served as a Peace Corps volunteer (Environment Sector) in Morocco, completing my service in 2003. This is where my interest in and fascination of Arabic Language and Culture began. I'm proud to be a founding staff-member of CLV's al'WaHa Arabic Village, a Language and Culture Immersion Camp in northern Minnesota. Until recently, I was working at United Nations Headquarters in NY, in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Office of Operations. I'm also an Experienced & Certified ESL Teacher (CELTA trained). I reside in Hell's Kitchen, Madhattan! To view my complete Bio, please go to's 'Moroccan of the Month' for April, 2006.

I had the opportunity to meet with President Bush and the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, while working
at the United Nations during the 58th Session of the General Assembly (2003)


Aramica Newspaper Article (Adobe PDF)

al'WaHa Arabic Village NPR Article

BBC Radio Broadcast - Click on 'American Muslims - Sunday, August 21st'

- 2:54 minutes through the broadcast, we were incorrectly identified as 'NAAP'

Les Babouches Restaurant Article

Wafins 'Moroccan of the Month'

UN Arabic Language Class Website!

American Society for Muslim Advancement

a bookstore in NYC specializing in Arabic materials, ranging from children's books to encyclopedias!

a Gallery in Soho featuring Middle Eastern Art, curated by a world-renowned Iraqi Artist!

The Oded Halahmy Foundation for the arts is a non-profit
cultural organization created to fund original artistic expressions
of peace and hope in the Middle East, the United States and around the world

"May there be peace in Iraq, the Middle East, and around the world"

Rent a House or Riad in Fez, Morocco!

Type Text In Arabic and Paste It Into Email!

M'oudswing - Arab Music n'Jazz!

Maqam World is a non-commercial, educational web site dedicated
to helping musicians understand the maqam or modal system
used in classical Arabic music

Marcel Khalife's Official Website

Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar is an accomplished jazz and classical trumpeter!

the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Network of New York

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose aim
is to establish community-based projects in Morocco which local people
design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and
non-government agencies. HAF was created by Peace Corps Volunteers
and Staff who served in Morocco

an Intercultural, Social and Sport Organization founded in 1990

Welcome to Turning Point For Women and Families - a New Community
Based Social Services Agency Serving the Muslim Community In New York

TAMKEEN: The Center for Arab American Empowerment!

Project Hope is a Non-Profit Volunteer Organization whose goal
is to provide a participatory, educational space for
war-affected children in the Near East

Members are Palestinians & Israelis who've lost loved ones in conflict.
MidEast Web was started by people active in Middle East dialog and peace education efforts. Our goal is to weave a world-wide web of Arabs, Jews and others who want to build a new Middle East based on coexistence and neighborly relations

The Families Forum, as the expanded group of about 500 families is called,
seeks to solve the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians through
dialogue and mutual understanding. We call on all parties to promote
reconciliation as the only way to reach true co-existence and peace

Just Vision increases awareness about Palestinian and Israeli
non-violent, civilian-led efforts to build a base for peace in the Middle East

Turkish American Multicultural Foundation

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