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Remembering Cotton Fite  (click to see more)
Our beloved friend and Seraj Board Chair Cotton Fite died on August 15, after a fall.    A terrible personal loss for those of us who worked with this inspiring leader and a blow to the entire Seraj community.  Click above to see more…

"Ramadan Nights" (click to see more)
An example of Seraj's new emphasis on Community Programs.  Seraj Libraries are community agents of change.  See how.

Seraj Fellows Program  (click to see more)
Begun in 2016, the Fellows Program provides financial support for University students from the various Seraj Libraries.   The Fellows volunteer their time and provide a nurturing presence in the libraries.   The program description outlines the criteria by which the awards are made and lists the 15 students awarded support in 2016.   In June 2017 Seraj supporters where challenged to give to the Scholarship program, with a 2 to 1 match by a generous donor.  Donate here.

A New Library in the Jordan Valley in Honor of James and Mary eleanor Wall.   (click to see more)
Jeflik is a small Palestinian community of about 6,000 people, 25 km north of Jericho. Due to years of occupation in Area C, it is impoverished. A small school was only established there in 2008; 98% of the water from its well is channeled to surrounding settlements.  After many meetings with village leaders and a partnering organization the Salamehs and the Advisory Council enthusiastically recommended Seraj's 8th library be created in Jeflik.  The Library opened in May of 2017.

Reading is Fun.  (click to see more).  

In collaboration with three educational organizations Seraj sponsored a very successful workshop for volunteers and local teachers.

Dr. Alice Rothchild - Excerpts from

2016 Benefit Address (click to see more)

We are so glad to be able to share some key excerpts from Alice's insightful presentation to our Benefit.  The text includes the poem with which she concluded.

Reading Under the Olives , with Marwa, Seraj Volunteer

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A visit to Kufor Ni’meh Library’s “Reading under the Olive Tree” event, provides insight into the volunteers and programs that are at the heart of the Seraj Libraries.  See a 2 minute video of the event.

​​Library Coordinator.  (click to see more)

We are delighted to introduce you to Fidaa Ataya, the Seraj Library Project's newest asset.  Fidaa comes from a family of 8 in Kufor Ni'ameh where a Seraj library was opened in 2009 and we first met her. Her academic credentials include diplomas in Education, Drama in Education and, notably, from the Arab School of Playback Theatre where she is a member of the core faculty.  We are so pleased to have Fidaa Ataya on the Seraj team! 

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