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Dr. David Marcus, Arabic Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sings and performs traditional Arabic music on the oud.

The melody of a mandolin, accordion, banjo, and violin filled the room, bringing together nearly 200 people from different faiths and cultures on a Sunday afternoon. On October 27, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), and the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States presented in partnership a film screening of “El Gusto,” a musical documentary by filmmaker Safinez Bousbia, who won the Best Director Award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in 2011. The film screening was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Norcross, Georgia.

 

Judge Dhanidina with Salim Bhatia, Director, Aga Khan Academies, and Mrs. Bhatia.

At the International Athens Democracy Forum in 2015, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated, "The progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life." He cited four elements that could help advance democracy: an improved constitutional understanding, independent and pluralistic media, the potential of civil society, and a genuine democratic ethic.

First responders, government officials, community leaders, and volunteers at the Eid al-Adha Civic Appreciation Event in Duluth, Georgia.

In celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States hosted two civic appreciation events to recognize and honor local law enforcement and public safety officials.  Elected representatives from state, county, and city levels joined in honoring the selfless sacrifices made by first responders, especially in the face of emergencies. The events were held at the Ismaili Jamatkhanas in Duluth, Georgia, and Hoover, Alabama, and were attended by fire, police and sheriff officers from 15 departments, representing 8 local jurisdictions.

The Los Angeles I-cerv team joins California Assemblyman Richard Bloom at Santa Monica’s 4th of July Parade.

As the nation observed the anniversary of 9/11, Ismaili volunteers and their communities sought to honor the victims of the unforgettable event through charity and peaceful congregation. The 9/11 Day of Service hosted by L.A. Works has become among the nation’s largest annual charitable engagements with participation from over 1,000 volunteers. Ismaili volunteers participated in packaging over 300,000 meals to be distributed to children, families, seniors, and military veterans in the Los Angeles area who are at risk of hunger.

Best Buddies Collage

A very hilly bike ride that covered either 100, 62, 30, or 15 miles of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, heading south and ending at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, was truly a grueling challenge for all riders. Among them were five Ismaili riders.

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