ABOUT US

OUR VISION

We are a community of Palestinian-Americans seeking to forge meaningful connections and to share Palestinian Culture and traditions with the boarder community.

OUR MISSION

We develop and implement Palestinian cultural community programs to preserve traditions for younger generations.

WE SERVE

9

COUNTIES

101

CITIES

30,000+

PALESTINIANS

OUR STORY

The Palestinian American Coalition of San Francisco was developed out of the popular Annual Palestine Day Cultural Festival held in San Francisco. In October 1978, Palestinian organizers and activists gathered to determine the best way to provide humanitarian aid to Palestine. They agreed to host an annual cultural festival to raise money for humanitarian aid. After several meetings with organizers, it was suggested that the Ramallah Club of San Francisco, a social group for descendants of families from Ramallah, Palestine, in the diaspora, take the lead in organizing the festival because they were the most established and funded Palestinain community organization at the time. 

 

Dr. Samir Totah, a respected Pharmacist and President of the Ramallah Club of San Francisco, was the Chairperson of the first Palestine Day Cultural Festival. The Ramallah Club of San Francisco, supported by other local Palestinian social clubs and political organizations, led a community effort in organizing and sponsoring the Palestine Day Cultural Festival for the first several years. After some time the Ramallah Club of San Francisco was the only organizer of Palestine Cultural Day Festival. 

 

In 2014, Afif Baba, President of the Ramallah Club of San Francisco approached Dr. Totah about making the event more inclusive to increase attendance and participation. They decided to call on the other local Palestinian organizations to participate in the organizing of the festival. They held a meeting attended by over 70 Palestinian-Americans where they discussed developing a coalition to assist with the festival. The meeting resulted in the establishment of the Palestinian American Coalition of San Francisco (PAC-SF). PAC-SF consisted of eight Palestinian-American organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area and four Members At-Large to ensure that active members of the Palestinian community who may not be part of an organization, were given a voice in the coalition. The first Co-Chairpersons of PAC-SF were Dr. Totah and Dr. Khalil Barhoum, a senior lecturer in linguistics at Stanford University.

 

PAC-SF’s mission is to preserve Palestinian heritage through hosting cultural and educational events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and assume responsibility for organizing and sponsoring the Palestine Day Cultural Festival.

 

For 36 years, Palestine Day was held in San Francisco’s Hall of Flowers making it challenging for members in the South and East Bay to attend. In addition, the venue had a limited capacity of 3,000 people and offered little parking. As a result, in 2018 the festival was moved to Leo J. Ryan Park in Foster City where a Palestinian-American, Sam Hindi, was mayor. Leo J. Ryan Park offers ample parking and expansive indoor and outdoor venues. As a result, the event drew 5,000 attendees in 2018 and 10,000 in 2019. 

 

We thank our Palestinian community for their ongoing support and participation.

FOUNDING MEMBERS OF PAC-SF ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Executive Team

 

Dr. Samir Totah

Co-Chairperson 

 

Dr. Barhoum

Co-Chairperson 

 

Charlie Shamieh

Treasurer

 

Wael Mufarreh

Treasurer

Member Organizations

 

Ramallah Club of San Francisco

Afif Baba

 

Birzeit Society

Nader Khoury

 

The Bethlehem Association

Samir Nassar

 

Zaytooneh Club

Maher M. Zabaneh

 

Jifna Club

Raja Samara

 

Sarees Association

Atyeh Atyeh

 

Beit Hanina Association

Douid Eid 

 

Deir Dibwan Association

Shukri Taha

Members at large

 

Fuad Atyeh

 

Randa Shatara

 

Samer Elbandak

 

Jumana Hassan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WE SERVE OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP

Our coalition represents a diverse group of Palestinian-Americans.
The coalition works to raise funds for our programs.

Executive Committee

Najwa Baba
Najwa Baba Chairperson
Wael Mufarreh
Wael Mufarreh Treasurer
Diyala Shihadih
Diyala Shihadih Secretary
Samir Totah
Samir Totah Former Chairperson

Organizational Representatives

Mona Saaadeh-Totah
Mona Saaadeh-Totah Birziet Society
Samir Nassar
Samir Nassar Bethlehem Society
Nayef Al Smad
Nayef Al Smad Palestinian Youth Movement
Daoud Eid
Daoud Eid Beit Hanina Association
Raja Samara
Raja Samara Jifna Club
Ateyeh Ateyeh
Ateyeh Ateyeh Sarees Community USA
Afif Baba
Afif Baba Ramallah Club San Francisco

Members-At-Large

Samer Elbandak
Samer Elbandak Member at Large
Randa Shatara
Randa Shatara Member at Large
Ziad Abbas
Ziad Abbas Member at Large
Fuad Ateyeh
Fuad Ateyeh Member at Large

Community Advisory Board Representative

Dr. Khalil Barhoum
Dr. Khalil Barhoum Former Chairperson & Current Advisory Committee Chairperson