Seraj Library Project

                   Empowering Palestinian Villages,  One Library at a Time

The Seraj Benefit

The Silent Auction will provide opportunity to bid on over 100 items in the Silent Auction.   Payment by  check, credit card, or cash.   Do your Christmas & holiday shopping early and support the great work of the Seraj Library Project.  Click here for more on this year's Auctions.


Why we host an annual benefit

  • renew financial support for our Seraj partners 
  • gather the US Seraj community for an evening of good friends, food and fun
  • learn more about Seraj, the Palestinian people and the struggle to end the Occupation​

How you can participate …

  • plan to attend
  • invite friends who would welcome learning about Seraj 
  • contribute an item for the silent auction  
  • volunteer to be a Benefit worker
  • Contact us.  

​​A full afternoon:  

  • Reception - 3:45 pm doors open.  An opportunity to visit with friends, shop the Silent Auction,  enjoy Palestinian music, and nibble appetizers & visit the cash bar.
  • Family style dinner - 5:00 pm. Entrees include chicken, beef and vegetarian options.
  • Program - 6:00 pm.   Featuring on-the-ground updates from Seraj Palestine.  And a presentation by  Fida'a  Ataya, Seraj  Program Coordinator and master Palestinian Storyteller.  Fida'a will join us from her University program in New Hampshire.


Chateau Ritz Banquet Hall

9100 N Milwaukee Ave.

Niles, IL 60714
Phone: (847) 298-0700

The Banquet Hall is easily accessible  from I-294 or the Edens Expressway, just North of Dempster.  Plenty of free parking!

​Again this year we will auction off a number of items as a part of the evening's program.  A very special item is  a Palestinian Dinner for 6 to 8 delivered and served in your home by Mai Khader Kakish, Seraj Board Member, Palestinian chef, blogger and food stylist extraordinaire.   See a report of the winning 2017 dinner here.  Your opportunity to support Seraj and enjoy an amazing dinner with friends.  Click here for more on the 2019 Palestinian dinner offering.


See a Report  & pictures from last year's benefit here.

Reception & Silent Auction    3:45 pm
Dinner served                                5:00 pm
Program                                             6:00 pm
Good night                                       7:30 pm


​​The Live Auction:    

​​The Silent Auction:    

2019 Benefit Theme:

Stories Teach, Stories Heal,

Stories Empower

YOU are invited!   Please join us!

The 2019 Seraj Benefit

       Sunday, October 6, 2019 - Chateau Ritz, Niles

Purchase tickets here.  OR  Send a check - see details here.  We invite you to make a donation in support of a successful Benefit, even if you cannot attend.

Plan to purchase your tickets by noon, Friday, October 4.