The Rumi Forum continued its tradition in hosting a series of Ramadan iftar dinners within the Holy month of Ramadan. This year, the Rumi Forum broke its 2014 record, with a total of 55 held dinners that occurred throughout the month. The organization brought together think tanks, government agencies, interfaith groups, embassies, members of local government, the media, academia and NGOs around the same table to break bread and share in conversation. In addition, the Forum introduced various cultural and home iftars during the month of July, including the South Asian, Arab and African-American Friendship dinners hosted at the American Turkish Friendship Association in Fairfax,Virginia.

Rumi Forum iftars were also covered by Washington Post and Washington Times as well as the international media.

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Rumi Forum Turkic-American Alliance Signature Iftar
On June 18th, Rumi Forum in partnership with the Turkic American Alliance hosted their annual Signature Ramadan Dinner with over 100 guests in attendance in celebration of the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Jack Moline, Executive Director, Interfaith Alliance
Andrew McCabe, ADIC, FBI Washington Field Office
Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research, ISPU
Kareem Shora, Section Director for Community Engagement, US Department of Homeland Security


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Ramadan Iftar with Truman National Security Project, June 26 2015

Emre Celik, President, Rumi Forum

Scott Bates, President, Center for National Policy

Joshua Walker, Truman Fellow, Truman National Security Project

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Ramadan Suhoor July 11, 2015


Ambassador Laurie Fulton

Earl Rasmussen, Vice President, Eurasia Center

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Ramadan Iftar with Friends of Anatolia

Paul Wee, Professor, George Washington University

Todd Theringer, Harvard Club of DC

Jennifer Cate, HANDS

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Ramadan Iftar with Interfaith Leaders, July 12, 2015
Riham Osman, Communications Coordinator, MPAC

Patricia Zapor, Reporter, National Catholic Reporter

Hinda Labovitz, Cantor, Ohr Kodesh Congregation

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Cultural Iftar Series 2015

African-American Friendship Ramadan Iftar, July 7, 2015:

Members of the African American and the Turkish American communities got together for an Iftar on July 7, 2015.

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Imam Talib Shareef, The Nation’s Mosque

Jamiah Adams, Vice President, NAACP

Emre Celik, President, Rumi Forum

Metin Cetiner,Vice President, Kimse Yok Mu

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Arab-Turkish American Ramadan Iftar, July 3, 2015


Azizah Al Hibri, Founder, KARAMAH

South Asian-Turkish American Ramadan Iftar, July 1, 2015


Shuja Nawaz, Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council

Dr. Sayyid Syeed, National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America

Aisha Rahman, Executive Director, KARAMAH

Mumtaz Hussain, IMF

Dr. Sayyid Syeed, ISNA

Tariq Shafi, Shafi and Company

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