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2013 Women's Summit

On May 5, 2013 the Commission hosted the inaugural Women's Summit entitled Middle Eastern American Women: Perceptions and Realities. The Summit focused on celebrating the Middle Eastern culture and focusing on interfaith dialog. A panel representing all three Abrahamic faiths spoke about the perceptions and realities in tandem with the view and role of the woman in each culture.

Chairman Anwer Hasan greeted the attendees and introduced our morning speakers which included:

  • Dr. Dawn Lindsay, President, Anne Arundel Community College
  • Dr. Susan Spoor, English Professor, Anne ARundel Community College
  • Dr. Nancy Kopp, Treasurer, State of Maryland

The Commission was grateful to host Dr. Kopp as our event keynote speaker. In addition the Commission was appreciative to Dr. Lindsay and Dr. Spoor along with Anne Arundel Community College for their support, sponsorship, and for hosting the event.

Following the welcome remarks, Vice Chairman Rafi Rone moderated a panel of speakers:

  • Susan Douglass, Arab Studies, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
  • Marjan Greenblatt, Deputy Director, Israel on Campus Coalition
  • Rima Assiryani, Program Manager, Federal Reserve Bank

The Commission is thankful to our speakers, our sponsors and attendees and look forward to hosting many more events to celebrate our rich cultural heritage.

To view the complete Summit program, Click Here!

To view pictures from the Summit, Click Here!

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2012 Business Summit - October 22

Come join the Governor's Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs and the Maryland Middle East Chamber of Commerce for our 2012 Business Summit entitled: To and From the Middle East: New Business Opportunities.

Invited Guests Include:

  • Dominick Murray, Deputy Secretary, Department of Business and Economic Development
  • Jessica Reynolds, Regional Manager India, Middle East and Africa, Office of International Investment and Trade, Department of Business and Economic Development
  • Amin Salam, Vice President Business Development & Strategy, National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce

Come network with fellow Middle Eastern businessmen and professionals! Light refreshments will be provided

To Register, Click Here!

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2012 Rosh Hashanah

A message from Governor Martin O'Malley

Dear Friends:

Let me take this opportunity to offer my warmest Rosh Hashanah greetings to Maryland's vibrant Jewish community.

This sacred time of the year gives us a chance to celebrate, rejoice and reflect. As your community celebrates with your family and friends, all Marylanders can benefit from the spirit of introspection and devotion which is the essence of Rosh Hashanah. This time calls for renewing a commitment to relating to others with great dignity, compassion, and respect. By strengthening our commitment to our faith, to our community, and to our relationships, will we be able to work towards a stronger, better, more united future.

As the new year begins, let us remember the belief that there is much more that unites us than divides us. As Americans, as Marylanders, and as members of the Jewish community we are united in our belief that by celebrating our diversity, sharing our uniqueness, and through working together, our tomorrows can be better than our today. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life for the coming year.

L'Shanah Tova!

To view the official letter, Click Here

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Day of Service - September 29

Governor Martin O'Malley officially declared September 29, 2012 an interfaith Day of Service, calling on all Marylanders to engage in community service projects focused on ending hunger and protecting the environment. Building on Governor O'Malley's strategic goals of eradicating childhood hunger by 2015, and restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, the activities planned for the day of service will all move the State forward in reaching these goals. The interfaith Day of Service is a regional effort by the states of Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The Day of Service will bring nonprofit organizations and religious groups - churches, youth groups, and religious affiliated schools - to recruit members and supporters to participate in the day of service in their area.

"Throughout the final weekend in September, we'll be coming together as a community - as Marylanders and Virginians, West Virginians and Washingtonians, as members of many great and diverse faiths - to harness the incredible power of community," said Governor O'Malley. "We are asking all our fellow citizens to us join in service the last weekend in September - and really throughout the month - in service to combat hunger, in service to protect and restore our environment, and in service that recognizes the connections between the health of our people, and the health of our land, water and air."

For more information and to learn how to participate, visit: www.daytoserve.org

To view the Governor's Official Press Release, Click Here!

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2012 Ramadan Greetings

A message from Governor Martin O'Malley

Asalaam Alaikum!

Let me take this opportunity to offer my warmest Ramadan greetings to Marylandís vibrant Muslim community.

All of us share the belief that there is much more that unites us than divides us. As Americans, as Marylanders, and as people of many faiths, we are united in our belief that our tomorrow can be better than today.

As your community celebrates with your family and friends, all Marylanders can benefit from the spirit of reflection and devotion which is the essence of Ramadan. This time calls to reflect on the importance of serving those who are less fortunate and to strengthen your devotion in faith while working towards a stronger, better, more united future.

I would like to thank the Maryland Muslim community for all of its contributions to our great State and I wish you all the best at this holy time of year. Ramadan Kareem!

To view the official letter, Click Here

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