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MALA partners on a wide range of initiatives and hosts events across the U.S., with a focus on Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. Join us at the upcoming, or check out photos from past events at our Facebook page, on Flickr, and under News on this website.


Monday, February 25th, NEW YORK: The Khojaly Massacre, also known as the Khojaly Tragedy, occurred on February 26, 1992 when Armenian military forces killed 613 Azerbaijani citizens in the town of Khojaly, Azerbaijan. This year, MALA and ASF will commemorate the Khojaly Massacre by holding a space for learning, remembrance, and dialogue about ending Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide of all kinds.

Sunday, February 24th, CHICAGO: Zuma networking featuring a fusion of Bhangra Bollywood, hip-hop, salsa, bachata, and toning! Join us after for brunch with our friends at MUPPIES for a delicious Turkish brunch at Zizi’s Cafe.

Friday, March 8th, CHICAGO: Chicago’s Exceptional Women’s Network and MALA requests the pleasure of your company at our 4th annual event celebrating International Women’s Day! Hear 5 female rock-star leaders who have made a significant local/global impact. If you are looking to build your empire, this event is the first step to building a new network of powerful females and rising to your full potential.

Monday, February 26, WASHINGTON DC: Join MALA for an evening of networking and film- we will be screening the award-winning documentary, RBG.

March 10th, 2019, NEW YORK CITY: MALA is co-sponsoring the screening of “From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza” in partnership with the American Sephardi Film Festival. The event will be followed by Q&A with Director Michelle Paymar and various experts. Paymar’s documentary deftly details an amazing treasure trove, which included handwritten documents by the influential physician and philosopher Moses Maimonides, as well as more commonplace correspondence and lists that revealed the ebb and flow of life in medieval Egypt during a period when Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities coexisted.

March 18, 2019, 12:30pm, NEW YORK CITY: MALA will host a parallel event at the UN’s NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 63 Forum on the topic of “Addressing FGM in the USA: Safeguarding Survivors and Potential Victims.”

Monday, March 25, NEW YORK CITY: Join MALA and the Center for Jewish History for a very special screening of the award-winning documentary, RBG. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with two of RBG’s filmmakers, Associate Producer Nadine Natour and Director/Producer Julie Cohen, for an in-depth conversation on their journeys in chronicling the life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Friday, April 5th, NEW YORK CITY: Join MALA for an evening of mixing tradition and precision with modern unbridled self-expression! Calligraffiti is an art form that combines calligraphy, typography, and graffiti. It can be classified as either abstract expressionism or abstract vandalism. All materials will be provided. Food and refreshments will be served.

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Monday, February 18th, NEW ORLEANS:  MALA honored Black History Month with a special book-signing and panel discussion with Dr. Ibrahima Seck. The event provided critical new insight into slavery’s impact on contemporary southern culture. Dr. Ibrahima was also presented with a letter of recognition from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Saturday, February 9, CHICAGO: MALA hosted an evening of Mehndi and Networking. Guests  enjoyed a complimentary henna session with the artist Maliha followed by dessert, coffee and signature s’mores.

Saturday, February 2, 2019, Chicago: MALA participated in the 27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran – join us for the opening night screening of Mouth Harp in a Minor Key: Hamid Naficy In/On Exile. This dynamic festival is the longest-running showcase for Iranian cinema in North America.

January 23, CHICAGO:  MALA and the Chicago Leadership Alliance hosted “Healthy Habits”, a networking seminar at the beautiful Metropolitan Club, with its inspiring 67th-floor views of Chicago.

January 12, CHICAGO: MALA hosted a Zumba Bhangra + Networking dance party

December 16, NEW ORLEANS: MALA Community Builders Luncheon.

December 12, WASHINGTON, DC: MALA Community Builders Luncheon.  

December 2, CHICAGO: MALA took time on a Sunday for Zumba Bhangra + Networking!

November 6, CHICAGO: MALA’s Third Annual Gala was held at the Chicago History Museum and honored a dynamic collection of leaders and storytellers; read more here.

November 4-5, CHICAGO: MALA hosted its first all-city retreat for its Young Leaders program fellows in Chicago.

November 1, NEW YORK: MALA hosted a Happy Hour to welcome our New York-based Young Leaders program fellows!

October 26, CHICAGO: MALA’s quarterly Chicago Community Builders Luncheon was held at the StoryCorps space in the Chicago Cultural Center.

October 24, CHICAGO: MALA hosted a Happy Hour to welcome our Chicago-based Young Leaders program fellows!

October 23, CHICAGO, Chicago Muslim Project Listening Party: MALA teamed up with the Chicago History Museum to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the Museum’s “Chicago Muslims” exhibit!

October 22, NEW YORK, Synagogues of Iran: This special lecture in partnership with the American Sephardi Federation focused on synagogue design in Iran in an Urban Context.

October 18, WASHINGTON, DC: MALA hosted a Happy Hour to welcome our DC-based Young Leaders program Fellows!

October 16, WASHINGTON, DC: MALA hosted a “democracy & governance” careers roundtable in partnership with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

October 13, MONTREAL: Oral Historians Association Annual Conference: MALA joined representatives of the Chicago History Museum and the Brooklyn History Museum to present on “Oral Histories of Muslim Americans.”

October 5, NEW YORK: Conference for Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World: MALA staff participated in a discussion on “The Media’s Role in Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue.”

Sept 29, CHICAGO: MALA celebrated talent with an Open Mic Night MC’d by The Demiurist!

September 24, WASHINGTON, DC: DC Startup Week: MALA Chief of Staff Jean Schindler spoke on the panel, “Maximizing Mentorship Relationships.”

September 22, CHICAGO: Youth Arts Showcase: MALA took over the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s booth at the Mayor’s Youth Arts Showcase.

September 8, CHICAGO: this book launch for “The Day the Tea Party Traveled featured a “Monica + Andy” kids’ fashion show and raised funds for UNICEF and for MALA’s College Scholarship program.

September 8, WASHINGTON, DC: the first DC Community Builders luncheon discussed community building and MALA’s growth in our nation’s capitol.

August 27, CHICAGO: Eid al Adha Meet-up at Zizi’s!

August 13, NEW YORK: Maktuv*: this Evening of Islamic and Jewish Calligraphy was led by experiential educator and artist Ruben Shimonov in partnership with the American Sephardi Federation.

August 12, CHICAGO: Ladies Yoga & Networking: this fun beginner yoga session especially for women was a great way to release anxiety and stress while creating harmony within the mind, body and spirit.

August 7, CHICAGO: Inclusion and Diversity in Tech: MALA joined forces with Envestnet | Yodlee to host a powerhouse panel of women for a frank conversation about being a successful woman in the tech industry.

July 31, CHICAGO: Muslims in Tech: MALA’s quarterly “Muslims in Tech” discussion series features Muslim American professionals sharing their career insights; this installment focused on the life of a software engineer.

July 20, CHICAGO: MALA Community Builders Council gathered at The Metropolitan Club overlooking Chicago. We had a wonderful conversation with Munzoor Shaikh of West Monroe Partners on community building; this turned into a discussion on vulnerability, and how it helps individuals connect, and left us with a lot to think about!

July 15, CHICAGO: An Afternoon of Islamic Art: MALA hosted an afternoon with artist Gabriel Rojkind, who walked us through the history of Islamic Art, stretching from Africa to Asia and focusing on tessellation art displayed in the beautiful interiors of the world’s most magnificent mosques. The discussion was followed by a demonstration and a fun hands-on activity to allow you to create your own masterpiece!

June 18, CHICAGO: Eid Celebration with Abeer Najjar! We came together for an evening of storytelling and Middle Eastern food with Chicago’s glamorous chef-blogger Abeer Najjar.

June 7, NEW YORK CITY: Muslim & Sephardi Friendship Iftar – we gathered at the Center for Jewish History for the Center’s first ever Iftar. This was a wonderful evening celebrating compassion, tolerance, and community building. Special thanks to our fellow community builders: the American Sephardi Federation and their Young Leaders program, Moroccan Americans in New York, the Greek Jewish and Sephardic Young Professionals Network, and Association Mimouna.

June 6, 6:00pm, CHICAGO: MALA Mompreneurs Chicago! We met at WeWork Grant Park for a fantastic conversation about the challenges of starting a business while raising a family.

June 4, 7:30pm, WASHINGTON, DC: Congressional Iftar.

May 29, WASHINGTON, DC: Iftar Dinner at WeWork Crystal City! We had a great time watching the sun set together from the beautiful WeWork eventspace before tearing into a family-style falafel feast. THANK YOU to everyone who donated to UNICEF’s #BreakTheirFast campaign in support of hungry children.

May 23, CHICAGO: Iftar Hangout at I Dream of Falafel! I Dream of Falafel is a wonderful fast-casual restaurant that donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds towards MALA scholarships. MALA also collected donations for UNICEF’s #BreakTheirFast campaign to alleviate child hunger during Ramadan. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

May 1, Chicago: Screening & Conversation: The Empowerment Project, a documentary film that honors the women in our lives, celebrates our true role models and challenges the next generation of leaders to ask themselves: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD SUCCEED? After the screening, a special panel of boss ladies shared their leadership insights: Jami Youmans, Founder and Managing Partner of VantEdge One Group; Ishani Patel, a board member for the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing; Dr. Sandya Nagubadi of Z-Medi; Sameena Mustafa, who serves on the Advisory Council for Chicago Women’s Health Center. Special THANK YOU to our talented moderator, Dr. Asad Zaman! Pictures at our Facebook page.

April 11, Washington, DC: Screening & Conversation: The Muslim Next Door, an episode in National Geographic’s docuseries with Katie Couric, AMERICA INSIDE OUT. A panel of MALA storytellers shared their own experiences as Muslim Americans after the screening.