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About us Hyatt Magazine is a free social and cultural magazine which features events and entertainment, lifestyle, business data, leisure, and lore. “Hyatt” in the Arabic language means “life” and our magazine doesn’t shy away from the average life we live and the types of subjects that must be addressed on a day-to-day basis. The magazine’s events and news target the heavy populated Arab community in Chicago and suburbs. Hyatt Magazine is published monthly to promote communication on various topics in an informative and positive manner, and it’s distributed throughout the area by direct mailing and other channels (Retail Locations, Medical Offices, Salons, Restaurants, and more). You’ll find our magazine enlightening and interesting as the articles are written by people like you - who care about the community and contribute immensely to its growth for generations to come. We welcome you to submit your articles and photos for potential publishing!

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Pg.22 Mouhamarra By Chef Kamal Al-Faqih

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This glossy monthly magazine published by Flash Media offers several major subjects that will interest many readers. Hyatt Magazine Info: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2248 Bridgeview, IL 60455 Phone #: (708) 529-1222 Email: info@hyattmag.com Website: www.hyattmag.com Managing Editor: Nesreen Ballut Graphic & Printed By: Black Diamonds Published by: Flash Media Disclaimer No portion of this publication may be reprinted, reproduced, or republished without the written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in Hyatt Magazine are those of the authors or columnists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the magazine or its publisher, Flash Media, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products or services herein. All articles submitted will become solely owned by Hyatt Magazine. We reserve the right to update, change, or reject any article or material. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement. For any submissions, comments, concerns or question, please email the editor directly at nballut@hyattmag.com

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AAFS 9th Annual Walk In Faith Not In Fear On October 1st, AAFS hosted their annual walk against domestic violence and cancer at Lake Katherine. The name of the event was “Walk in Faith not in Fear� with a goal is to educate and bring awareness on two issues that critically impact our families and individuals. Throughout the event, attendees heard from various speakers, a skit focusing on domestic violence, and a performance by Spoken Word Artist Waheeb Nasan and Vocalist Kareem Ibrahim. The Executive Directors of AAFS, Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha have a mission to change and impact the quality of life by serving and building stronger and healthier generations of Arab Americans in our communities.

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Entertainment After coming up through the ranks and making some marks in the comedy world, Amer is now one of the most highly-demanded Arab American comedians out there. He is currently producing a show titled “Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile,” which features him and three more Palestinian comedians, those being Said Durrah, Mona Aburmishan, and Mike Easmeil.  The show has been featured at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and New York City’s world famous Carnegie Hall.  He is the only Arab American comedian to ever headline a show at both venues, two of the world’s most famous stages.

When Amer Zahr first got into comedy, there were just a few Palestinian comedians. Now, there is a whole crop. But Amer is not merely a comedian who happens to be a Palestinian. He is a comedian, an activist, an academic, and a Palestinian. All at once. All the time. He graduated from law school, and, according to him, his mother tells everyone he is a lawyer, although he doesn’t practice the profession. Amer was born in Jordan and raised in the United States, returning to Palestine whenever he can to perform, conduct workshops, or just be.  His parents are Palestinian refugees from Nazareth and Akka.  His mother, a Muslim, and his father, a Christian, met as young activists in California in the 1970s. Like every Palestinian, Amer was raised with Palestine ever residing on the tip of his tongue. Activism has always been at the core of his life. As he says on stage, “When Santa asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I replied, ‘Enforcement of UN Resolutions 194 and 242.’”

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Amer currently resides in Dearborn, Michigan, the unofficial capital of Arab America. He produces a comedy festival there each year since 2013, and the fourth installment will occur on November 18-19, 2016.  He also founded the “1001 Laughs Ramallah Comedy Festival,” which featured its second installment this summer on August 22-26, 2016, with shows in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem.  He is also an adjunct law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he teaches on Arab Americans and their history in the American legal system. Palestinians always have stories to tell. And Amer is no exception.  As he says in one of his most famous jokes, Palestinian can’t ever talk to anyone without first saying, “In 1948...”  Comedy is one of vehicles of the greater Palestinian narrative.  It can be humanizing, both for ourselves and for others.  It can create some comfort in the face of a life riddled with abnormalities, anomalies, and aberrations.  Usually, a comedian’s job is to point out the absurdities in culture, politics, and society.  For a Palestinian, this job is quite easy.  Palestinian life is characterized by the daily experience of living in some sort of alternate universe where the usual norms of law, justice, and basic rights are themselves alien.  The comedian’s job, however, is not only to observe these things, but also to effectively convey them, through humor, to all audiences.  Amer has made a bet that comedy and Palestine can coexist and thrive.  So far, it seems, he’s right.

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Al Nahda’s Eid Event

Al-Nahda Center celebrated their Eid Al Adha event on Saturday, September 17! This entertaining night featured Comedian Abdallah Jasim, Musician Ala Yousef, Spoken Word Artist Waheeb Nasan & Vocalist Kareem Ibrahim!

About the Entertainers:

Abdallah Jasim also known as AbidJay is a chemical engineer by day and a comedian by night. He uses comedy to spread Islam and promote a positive image for Muslims. Since 2013 this 24 year-old Iraqi-American has tackled subjects like Islamophobia, alcohol, backbiting, prayer, theft and the list goes on. From the convenience of his own car he is able to crack jokes while still passing on religious messages.

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Ala Yousef is a spectacular Oud Player and Singer who is seen all across the Chicagoland area singing traditional Arabic music. His passion for the arts is evident and his performance is guaranteed to wow the crowd. Waheeb Nasan and Kareem Ibrahim are two exceptionally talented individuals who most recently came out with two covers to the songs “Hello” by Adele and “See you Again” by Wiz Khalifa. The lyrics have been altered to tell a story. A story all about their love for Palestine and the Palestinian people. These two covers went viral with their inspirational messages. All proceeds of this event and other events go to the ongoing functions that ANC presents to the local community of Worth and the Greater Chicago Area.

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Run For Peace Team Palestine held their annual Run for Peace event on Saturday, September 18! Team Palestine for PCRF holds this annual event with the ultimate goal of raising funds for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund also known as PCRF. PCRF was established over 25 years ago to shed light to the medical and humanitarian crisis that Palestinian children in the Middle East are facing on a daily basis. Not only does Team Palestine raise money, but the organization also provide sick and injured children with specialized medical care that would not be able to receive without their support. With their slogan “Every Mile Saves a Child,” Team Palestine had a full house running for peace with winners in 14 different categories for both male and female. They ended the event by joining hand-inhand for the Palestinian folklore dance, the debka.

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“Empowering Palestinian Americans Across the Country”

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The Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations, also known as CPAO held their Second Annual Convention titled “Empowering Palestinian Americans Across the Country” on September 18th at the Chicago Marriott in Oak Brook. The Guest of Honor and main speaker for the event was the renowned Father Atallah Hanna, Archbishop Theodosius of Sebastia, Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and also guest speaker Dr. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of Palestine. The Gala Dinner kicked off with remarks from the President and Founder of CPAO, Amir Darwish. This event included an exhibit hall, networking luncheon, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, a Palestinian fashion show, an interactive panel discussion, and various views on Palestine.

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NAAMA Event The National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) Chicago Chapter held a Luncheon at Topaz in Burr Ridge with a short speech from Dr. Dalal Akoury.

“NAAMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to offer continuing medical education credits to physicians. In addition to educational, cultural and charitable events organized by the individual chapters, NAAMA sponsors national and international medical conventions annually. International conventions or symposia have been held in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Argentina in cooperation with local health officials and medical institutions. National conventions have been held in a variety of cities in North America. The conventions feature a unique blend of educational, cultural, social and humanitarian activities.� - www.NAAMA.com

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Mouhamarra As we prepare for the fall…it’s all about great supporting side dishes and appetizers that will compliment any meal! This is one of my favorite appetizers, perfect for meal time and snack time too. One of the best things about the recipe other than the amazing flavors, is that you can make it in advance and store it in the refrigerator for several days.

Mouhamarra (Spicey Red Pepper & Walnut Spread). To prepare the spread

Place the bell pepper and onion in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process to a pulp. Scrape down the sides with a spatula a couple of times. Add the remaining ingredients, and pulse several times until well combined. The spread should retain the texture of ground walnuts, with a paste- like consistency. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

For the spread - 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped roasted red bell pepper (drained), store-bought or fresh - 1⁄4 cup finely chopped yellow onion - 2 cups finely ground walnuts
 - 1⁄2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper - 2 teaspoons ground cumin - 2 teaspoons ground paprika - 1 teaspoon salt
 - 2 tablespoons dibs ruman 1⁄4 cup tomato paste
 1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

To serve

Spread over a flat serving dish and smooth out the top. Use the rounded top of the back of a spoon to make indentations in the spread, and the tines of a fork to make a border around the perimeter. Garnish with diced roasted red bell pepper, walnuts, and parsley.

Roasting Fresh Red Bell Peppers

Cut red bell peppers in half. Remove the ribs and seeds. Place the halves on a foil-lined baking sheet skin-side up. Place in the oven under the broiler set on high and broil until the skins blister. Remove the tray. Cover the peppers allowing them to steam for a few minutes. Peel and discard the blistered skins.

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