Oregon’s Arab American community is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. There are more than 40,000 Arab Americans living in Oregon, and their diverse presence is felt across the region through community centers, cultural festivals, popular restaurants and other social and educational events. In 1978 Oregon was even the first state to elect an Arab American governor, Victor George Atiyeh.
Events & Festivals
- Lebanese Food Festival
July – Saint Sharbel Catholic Church
- Mahrajan Arab Festival
August – Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon
- Middle Eastern Festival
September – St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
- The Muslim Educational Trust (MET)
- Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon
- Syrian Lebanese American Club
- Islamic Center of Portland
- Masjed As-Saber
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