International House Hosts Iftar Dinner Party for Community

June 20, 2017 8:00 pm

International House Philadelphia

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Join International House Philadelphia (IHP) to celebrate a traditional Iftar dinner on Tues., June 20, at 8 p.m. Iftar is an Arabic word meaning “to break” and signifies a time to enjoy the physical act of eating and drinking concluding daily fasting during Ramadan. The joyous month-long holiday commemorates the time Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims fast each day from dawn until dusk as a way to build character and self-discipline. The Iftar dinner provides an opportunity for spiritual and social expression for family and friends within the community.

The party begins with the traditional breaking of the fast with dates and a water or yogurt drink. Guests will learn about Ramadan and the Iftar from an International House resident from Turkey and Jacob Bender, executive director of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) Philadelphia, and share an authentic Middle Eastern buffet dinner.  The University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center is sponsoring the event.

People of all faiths and cultures are invited to be part of this fun and meaningful occasion. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for IHP members and students (with a valid ID), and can be reserved at


Founded in 1910, International House Philadelphia is the region’s center for international arts, culture, educational and residential activities. It offers housing for students from around the world and high-quality arts and cultural programs, including its renowned film program.


3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

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