We kicked off our MALA Iftar series with a festive dinner meet-up on May 23 in Chicago. MALA friends and newcomers converged at the popular fast-casual destination I Dream of Falafel. Since Ramadan is a time of charity, we used the event to highlight the UNICEF campaign #BreakTheirFast. This campaign raised funds for malnourished children around the world during Ramadan. And after the event, MALA intern Farah Harb let us in on some of her conversations with her article, Iftar Memories.
Then, on May 29, we met at WeWork Crystal City in metropolitan Washington, DC. Over 60 local Muslim Americans and friends came together to watch the sun set from the building’s penthouse lounge. Afterwards, the energy spike in the room was palpable as everyone settled into a family-style meal.
On June 6, we were on Capitol Hill, this time for a private Iftar with Congressional staff and other civic leaders. This was a wonderful opportunity to foster better understanding of the diversity of the Muslim American community.
Finally, on June 7, we joined hands with a host of other organizations in New York City. We were joined by the American Sephardi Federation (ASF), ASF Young Leaders, the Greek Jewish & Sephardic Young Professionals Network, Moroccan Americans in New York, and Association Mimouna to celebrate a Muslim and Sephardi Friendship Iftar at the Center for Jewish History. This was the first Ramadan Iftar in that institution’s history! We were thrilled to break fast with Yemeni food in a room packed with friends.
We hope you also experienced a beautiful Ramadan. And we hope to see you at other MALA events this year!