Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Updates

The Ismaili Council and FOCUS USA are coordinating to provide relief services from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  If you need any assistance, or are able to provide assistance, please call 877-FOCUS-59 (1-877-362-8759) or go to: https://focus-usa.org/harvey or https://focus-usa.org/irma.

Introducing the Family Reflections Program!

We are excited to launch the Family Reflections Program. In launching this program in the U.S., we acknowledge the creativity and generosity of our Canadian brothers and sisters who have taken the initiative to develop and share the Family Reflections Program with us.

 What is the Family Reflections Program?

As an individual, family or group of friends, we invite you to participate in the monthly activities that will be available on-line and distributed via the Diamond Jubilee Bulletin each month. Each activity will include a description, questions and relevant links to serve as a starting point for reflection and conversation around the then current Diamond Jubilee theme. Most activities are geared towards everyone in the Jamat, regardless of age or other demographics. Developed to celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, the activities align with the broader themes that will be discussed throughout the Diamond Jubilee year in Jamats around the world.

The activity this month, focusing on the theme of “The Grace of Jamatkhanas and Ismaili Centres in our lives” is Being in Jamatkhana - a timeline, and is provided here.

We hope that you will enjoy this activity!

Share your experiences:
Please text or email photos or reflections from your experience to
JubileeInfo@usaji.org as part of the wider North American Jamat’s experience. Please include the words Family Reflections Program in the subject line of your email.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Survey
The Aga Khan Education Board for the United States of America (AKEB USA) is conducting a survey to gauge whether Ismaili children in the USA are accessing early childhood activities, programs and services at home, in Jamatkhana or through external providers. Since the Golden Jubilee, Early Childhood Development has been a priority for the Imam, and continues to be a critical Diamond Jubilee goal. AKEB USA’s ”Early Childhood Development Survey" allows the jamati institutions to provide a tri-annual update to Mowlana Hazar Imam on the jamat’s progress in accessing early childhood development. The survey also gauges parents' needs with respect to raising their young children so that the jamati institutions can create appropriate responses/programs to address these needs. 

Your data will remain confidential and will be used to report an overall picture to the Imam on the status and needs of the Jamat. The jamati institutions thank you in advance for your time and candid feedback in this regard.
 

Early Childhood Development Survey

Announcements

Origins, Evolution, and Contemporary Manifestations of Islamism

During the Diamond Jubilee year, there will be several efforts to bring community together to enhance our personal connections and grow our understanding of the world around us. 

As a part of this initiative, young professionals and college students are invited to participate in a rare opportunity to engage with preeminent scholar of Islamic Studies, Dr. Alnoor Dhanani.

The event details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: HPC Jamatkhana

Dr. Dhanani is an intellectual historian specializing in the interaction between science, theology and philosophy in historical and contemporary Islamic civilizations. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Harvard University and is teaching at Brown University and Tufts University.

The evening will begin promptly following Jamatkhana ceremonies, and will kick-off with refreshments and professional networking. 

Dr. Dhanani will then conduct a workshop titled, "Origins, Evolution, and Contemporary Manifestations of Islamism" which explores the phenomenon of Islamism and the various forces that continue to shape the perceptions of Islam. Dr. Dhanani's presentation will conclude with an interactive discussion on some of the most pressing issues in our world today.

Please click here to register for this event 


 

What is Finonline?
Finonline is a platform to enhance the jamat’s economic prospects by facilitating opportunities for finding better jobs, hiring talented employees, marketing Ismaili businesses, improving business connections and acquiring financial know-how.

Click here to register.


The Ismaili USA App

The Jamati Institutions are excited to launch the Ismaili USA mobile app for Apple and Android devices. This informational app provides details on Diamond Jubilee initiatives, programs and activities, announcements, and news. Get up to date information on your regional events, and add them directly to your calendar. The app is available for download only in the United States.

Jubilee Songs

To celebrate Diamond Jubilee, and to express our sentiments at this joyous time, the Jamati Institutions are delighted to present all songs currently available on the Jubilee Songs Albums. These expressions of love and devotion have been prepared by our Jamat for the compilation of the Jubilee Songs albums. These songs reflect the Jamat's diversity of cultures, and unity in our affection for our Imam.

Additional studio quality recordings of songs will be considered throughout the Diamond Jubilee year. Please e-mail JubileeInfo@usaji.org for more information.

Please click here to enjoy these beautiful compositions.

Journey for Health is a program that aims to improve the Jamat’s health, increase physical activity, and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. In addition to capturing Jamati members’ progress towards better health, the Journey for Health portal will lead the Jamat on a virtual tour of 20 institutional and AKDN sites. Start the journey individually or as a team.

To register, visit https://journeyforhealth.org, and use code WALKUSA (all caps, no spaces) as your Jamatkhana code. The link can be saved to start tracking steps or the minutes spent on  favorite exercise.


The Ismaili USA Magazine is Now Digital!
The Council for USA is pleased to share with the Jamat that The Ismaili USA magazine is now available in digital format. Features of the digital magazine include interactive hyperlinks, video, and high resolution pictures. Click here to read the magazine.