Mayor’s Youth Council and MYG volunteer at ICSC Food Pantry

On Saturday, the Mayor’s Youth Council stopped by our food pantry to help volunteer and distribute groceries alongside our MYG. The Council falls under the Mayor’s office of Civic and Community Engagement and is comprised of high school youth looking to become more engaged in their local communities while gaining leadership skills. All the youth had fun getting to know each other while working together and serving. Keep your eyes open for another event with the council this spring! And stay on the lookout for an application and how to apply for a spot on the Mayor’s Youth Council in the 2019 – 2020 school year. For more information, contact Wasi Momin (

Did you know… our dedicated volunteers work hard seven days a week to keep our Gr8 Finds thrift store stocked and organized. They collect high-quality, new and gently used clothing, home decor, and small pieces of furniture to raise scholarship money for students at our New Horizon LA and New Horizon West LA campuses? For more information on how to donate or volunteer in the thrift store, please contact Kristen Stangas (


2nd Annual Defining Islamic Psychology Conference

The Islamic Center welcomed the USC Department of Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology for their 2nd Annual Defining Islamic Psychology Conference on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. The conference was part of a four day program that drew Mental Health and psychology professionals who work with the Muslim community from across the nation. On Saturday, Dr. Heather Laird-Jackson, Chair of the Department and founder of the Center, along with their Board of Directors, honored a diverse list of professionals contributing to the exponential progress being made in this field. Ranging from groundbreaking research, to grassroots social projects, and artistic PSA’s that reduce the stigma of mental health in our community – the scope of people working to make a difference is broad. Congratulations to all of the incredible honorees who were recognized at the Awards Dinner and thank you to everyone who is working to make mental health resources more accessible to Muslims in Los Angeles and across the country.

General Membership Meeting

On Sunday, February 10, the Islamic Center of Southern California held its annual general membership meeting. ICSC Chairman, Omar Ricci presided over the session giving us a detailed update about our Center. He highlighted a few of our 2018 achievements, discussed the status of our finances and development efforts, and shared some of the plans on the horizon for 2019.

At the end of the formal presentation, Hedab Tarifi announced the results from the general election and welcomed our newest board members: Dr. Lena Al Sarraf Dr. Jamil Momand, and Dr. Marwa Moustapha. Board terms are three years and officer positions are voted on annually by the Board. A full list of 2019 – 2020 ICSC Board Members and officer positions is shown below.

  • Omar Ricci (Chairperson)
  • Rizwan Bhatti
  • Hala Karam (Secretary)
  • Kamal Hamdan
  • Jamil Momand (Vice Chairperson)
  • Lena Al Sarraf
  • Marwa Mustafa
  • Saleh Kholaki
  • Zeinab Abdel-Baset