The Year started strong with the Salwa program distribution on the first Saturday of the month as usual and on the 21st we hosted our vaccine drive through Salwa!

Our house of heritage and culture project is officially launched and seeking contributors looking to document their history and heritage for the community. Our new Documentation and memory preservation project from the House of Heritage and Culture program is concerned with documenting the Palestinian memory, preserving the Arab identity in the Diaspora, and linking the new generation to the homeland, language, and religion through many programs, courses, and workshops. The Renaissance Center is honored to have Mr. Omar Hamed, a historian and researcher in issues of history and heritage, joining the work team.

We hosted a town hall covering our Medical, Food Pantry, and Week-End School, programs attending town hall meeting with shawn Casten. Where we Distributed Packages of food close to 100 Families.

Al Nahda proudly launched our Arabi calligraphy course through the renaissance center with Qasem Noah Sartawi. see information for enrollment below!

Al Nahda Center also had come great collaborations this month hosting the USPCN event on mental in Gaza and the Chicago coalition for Palestine protest for Jenin.

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We are happy to announce the launch of Jisoor, our sister organization which will be leading our work in Political Education and Lobbying in the community.


Salaam from Jisoor!

Jisoor is an Al Nahda  Affiliated Organization which aims to educate and build bridges in the Palestinian community in Chicago and in Palestine. We work through policy, partnerships, art and literature to foster a more unified Palestinian movement in the diaspora and Palestine.  We have created four facets of Jisoor to best bring our community together:


Bridge Events:


Our Bridge Event from November 2022 on the City of Nablus.

Bridge events are small educational events where students and young activists’ present their research on Palestine studies in a short presentation followed by a longer discussion by the community. Please fill out our interest form to become a student speaker for one of our upcoming bridge events to present on your own research. If you are looking to intern with the Jisoor research team or would like to submit some of your work to be featured in our events or magazine please contact us via this link!

Al Qalam is our literary magazine launching in 2023. The magazine serves to unite scholars, activists and artists in Palestine with the diaspora published with pieces in Arabic and English. If you are interested in becoming a contributor to the Al Qalam magazine please reach out to our research team on our website! or follow this link to Get Involved!

Our digital library catalogs the work of activists and provides a living library for Palestinians to share and draw from stories of shared struggle and success. Jisoor is dedicated to freedom of information which is why our library and magazine are free to the public.

Jisoor is launching our policy campaign in the new year in partnership with the Good Sheppard Collective on their ongoing Defund Racism Campaign. We are working locally to stop local charities, organizations, companies and individuals from making charitable donations to settler organizations in Palestine. By working locally we are able to garner greater support and awareness in our communities, advocate Palestinian issues with local and state legislatures and strengthen the coalition working globally to stop organizations from funding settlements in Palestine. We working with organizations in Palestine to bring the biggest policy concerns in Palestine to the diaspora and educate the diaspora on how to get involved. Please join one of our upcoming lobbying workshops and stay up do date on everything Jisoor on our website.


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