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I-CERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering) volunteers of all ages sorted non-perishable food items and distributed meals at the Atlanta Community Food Bank Holiday Event.

“It gives you a feeling that nothing else can really give you, it gives you a different type of joy. You see what you’re doing and how that is helping the community,” says Maha Jalia, a university student and member of the Atlanta I-CERV team.

Senator David Perdue joins community members and leaders for a picture during a luncheon at the Ismaili Jamatkhana.

Ismaili Jamatkhanas foster an appreciation of pluralism and serve as a perfect venue for sharing the Ismaili Muslim identity and community values with the greater community. Events hosted at the Jamatkhana stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity in the Greater Atlanta Area. They are often also used to host government and community leaders to enhance relations and find pathways for civic engagement.

The United Nations of Play event brought together children and families to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta to learn about diverse cultures and traditions from around the world.

Families from all across Atlanta and the US visited the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for the Museum’s first-ever United Nations of Play. This day-long event immersed visitors in exhibitions from a number of countries, such as Egypt, India, Peru, Senegal, and others, highlighting diverse cultural and historical traditions and exposing young minds to international cultures through play. The Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States was among the Museum’s partners for the inaugural event, strengthening its existing five-year collaborative partnership.

Zameer Rayani receiving the “Just Do It Award’ from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

“I didn’t believe it until I was shaking his hand,” Zameer Rayani admits. When his presence was requested at Amazon’s recent All-Hands Meeting in Seattle, he didn’t even share with his family or friends. After all, no one from the HR department had ever won the award in the company’s 25-year history, but with numerous Ismaili Amazonians live-streaming the event around the world, messages like this spread like wildfire on social media: “Do you know Zameer Rayani? Sounds Ismaili, he just got an award from Bezos at our company All-Hands!”

Attendees at the Day of Religious Pluralism, including members from the Aga Khan Council, the Los Angeles Day of Religious Pluralism Planning Committee, and representatives from various civic organizations.

Los Angeles is a city where the multicultural ethic is thriving, with continuous efforts to engage diverse communities in order to cultivate greater tolerance. The fourth annual Los Angeles Day of Religious Pluralism was held on April 9, 2019, at the Los Angeles City Hall, sponsored by the Aga Khan Council in collaboration with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. It was organized by the Human Relations Commission and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement.

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