Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Alice Nashashibi Honored on Her 75th Birthday

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Alice Nashashibi Honored on Her 75th Birthday

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"Alice is a role model for Arab-American women," Therese Sabbah told the large group celebrating Alice Nashashibi's 75th birthday at San Francisco's Arab Cultural and Community Center on April 25. "She is always generous with her time and money," extolled Darwish Addassi, who, along with Alice, is a past president of the ACCC. The accolades continued throughout the evening, as more than 75 friends and relatives gathered to pay tribute to Alice for her outstanding contributions to the Bay Area Arab community. Alice's two daughters and two of her five grandchildren also attended the celebration.

As Alice beamed and the audience laughed, ACCC president Jamal Dajani noted that, of all the Friday evening events held at the center the past two months, Alice's party drew the largest crowd.

The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Alice met her late husband, Jerusalem-born Zafer Nashashibi, in Venezuela. The couple married in 1957 and moved to Lafayette, California in 1976. They both became active volunteers in local and national organizations-including the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the former National Association of Arab Americans-that promote human rights for Arabs and Muslims.

After Zafer's death in 1997, Alice continued her efforts to promote Arab culture and education through work with U.S. OMEN, the Arab Film Festival and the Arab Cultural and Community Center, among other organizations. As a former ACCC president and board member, Alice organized many lectures, cultural evenings and entertainment events at the center located on Plaza Avenue. …

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