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Yalla Arabi MERGING with SF Arabic Language Meetup Group

From: Faiza
Sent on: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:34 PM

Marhaba to all of our lovely Arabic language Meetup 

As some of you may know, the Yalla Arabi! East Bay Arabic Language Meetup Group was a spin-off from its sister group, the San Francisco Arabic Language Meetup Group, which was founded by Youness Belfqih. I've been leading Yalla Arabi since 2008 and was recently nominated to also lead the San Francisco group, thanks to the blessings of Youness himself, and Ali, who has been co-organizer this year.

After much consideration and multiple conversations, merging the two Arabic language groups into one Meetup group makes the most sense since I am now leading both groups. The new Meetup group will be called, Yalla Arabi The San Francisco/East Bay Area Arabic Language Group.

Unfortunately, there is no automatic way of merging the two groups. I contacted the Meetup Headquarters in New York and discovered the only way to merge the two groups is to have the SF members join Yalla Arabi before the SF group website is shut down, which will happen around April 23, 2012.

I want to extend a warm invitation and gracious ahlan we sahlan to all of the San Francisco Arabic Language Meetup Group members and encourage them to join their sister group, Yalla Arabi. We will continue hosting events in the East Bay but also start organizing more San Francisco-based events to accommodate the SF members, including an Arabic film series in San Francisco. If you'd like to join the new merged Arabic Language Group, please visit:    

 Click “join us” and follow the steps. If you decide to join, you may do so at any time; however, please note that the SF group will no longer exist after April 23, 2012.


NOTEThis may be a great opportunity to check your Meetup member/profile settings, which allow you to manage your Meetup emails alerts. There are various levels of email alerts options available and you can set them to receive or not receive email notifications. Let me know if you need any help with your email settings.

Also, if you are interested in organizing events, especially those of you living in San Francisco, please email me! I welcome your ideas and encourage the members to suggest events that interest them.

Our hope is that this marriage between the two Arabic language groups will result in more activities, synergy, fun and education for all the members. But, we need your help to make the group a success so we hope you will join us in this new adventure!

We look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events! Thank you!



Faiza Ali/Yalla Arabi Organizer




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