The Gracious Center of Learning and Enrichment Activities (GCLEA) officially began operations in 2010 with the intention of providing the Muslim Community of Southern New Jersey with a variety of services and programs which would see to their spiritual, educational, and social needs. Since its opening the GCLEA has been welcomed to the area with open arms and has seen exponential growth due to the nature of its services and programs. The GCLEA has become an integral part of the Southern New Jersey Community and hopes to continue to serve the area.
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Sister's TEA

Sister's TEA time begins next Wednesday, September 20 at 11am. We will be joining for conversation, community service, and fun while building longlasting sisterhood.

9/20/2017 11:00:00 AM -04:00

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Moderate Muslims in Modern America

Join us as we discuss challenges of the Muslim community focused around, preserving tradition, sustaining community, and influencing opinion Keynote Speaker: Shaykh Tahir Wyatt, PhD Candidate, Islamic University of Madinah, Teacher in the Prophet's Masjid in Madinah. Moderated by: Shaykh Rashid Ahmadi, Religious Director of GCLEA, Graduate of Islamic University of Madinah Shaykh John Starling, Executive Director of GCLEA, Graduate of Islamic University of Madinah Date: Sunday, July 23 Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm Dinner served after Maghrib prayer. Location: GCLEA, 5 Esterbrook Lane, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 For more info visit: gclea.org For inquiries: rashid@gclea.org

7/23/2017 7:00:00 PM -04:00

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Islamic Book Fair

Islamic Book Fair hosted by GCLEA's team at ISLAM 4 KIDZ (Sunday Program)! Do join us in shopping with your children for a wide selection of books on Islam to add to your home library!! Hope to see you there, inshaa Allah!

5/14/2017 1:45:00 PM -04:00

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Family Night & Welcome Back Shaykh John

Please join us on Saturday February 25, 2017 for Family Night and welcome back Shaykh John. To RSVP click the following link: http://www.evite.com/event/02D6VFYVTCZEZISTMEPG5P7E6IDKXU/rsvp?utm_campaign=send_sharable_link&utm_medium=sharable_invite&utm_source=NA

2/25/2017 5:30:00 PM -05:00

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Beyond The Veil

National Hijab Day is a day dedicated to honoring the Muslim Women who wear the hijab, day in and day out. With all of the chaos surrounding us, it's crucial to remind ourselves and others why Muslim Women choose to cover. Hijab is a form of bravery, that defies society's expectations of women! Join us, as we explore the meaning of the veil in Islam by listening to stories of the hijab, discussing the purpose of it, engaging in different activities centered around the hijabi experience, and above all, informing ourselves on the strength, significance and beauty that the Hijab embodies! Women's Only Event: Ages 9 and Up RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeFjepL8EcVDdXC8bFubQV-HQImWERqahDC5JfoOP97A0Nkg/viewform

2/11/2017 11:00:00 AM -05:00

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Homeschool Gathering

Join us at the GCLEA (Gracious Center of Learning & Enrichment Activities) for a fun and enriching program. The program will include a lecture by the Center's director, Imam John Starling on “The importance of seeking knowledge in Islam”, followed by a Q & A session. God willing, we'll organize some crafts and indoor games for our children. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Islamic faith and share with fellow Muslim homeschoolers the Blessings and Challenges of our homeschooling journeys. Given the time of day and as our guests, God willing, lunch will be provided. Remember, you are our guests so please do not feel the need to bring anything. Please note: The center is a place of worship, kindly dress modestly as we welcome you with our Islamic greeting and smiles ( no hand shaking with opposite gender.) Thank you! We look forward to seeing you.

5/26/2016 12:00:00 PM -04:00

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Men's Enrichment: Fishing Trip

Men: Join your brothers in a day of outdoor fun, practice the art of fishing, and partake in the age old ritual of lakeside catch & cook.

5/14/2016 6:00:00 AM -04:00

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BBQ Picnic & 4th Annual Blood Drive

Salaam, Please join us for our BBQ Pinic and Blood Drive on May 7th from 11am to 4pm. BBQ: Adults = $8/plate Kids = $6/plate BBQ will be outside, where you and your kids can enjoy: - the basketball court - the soccer court - the play slides - other fun and games, including a bouncy - AND SHOPPING/VENDORS! You can pay in advance here: paypal.me/GCLEA OR with cash/check at the GCLEA. 4th Annual Blood Drive will be in designated areas in the Masjid with privacy to accomodate both men and women. Please bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon with great food and company. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

5/7/2016 11:00:00 AM -04:00

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Scribbles Art Studio

The Gracious Center of Learning and Enrichment Activities Presents **Scribbles Art Studio** We are so excited to bring these workshops to the community! These classes will introduce your child to basic art skills, and gives them the opportunity to grow as young artists. In these beginning art classes, students will further develop skills, and become more comfortable with art tools. Each week will feature a different art activity! If we find this program to have great interest, we will introduce a full art curriculum! Everyone will love our instructor! Shehnaz Patel is a certified K-12 Art Teacher at Camden Community Charter School. She has been teaching art to all ages for the past 4 years in NJ/Philadelphia school district. She graduated from Rutgers-Camden with a B.A. in Graphic Design. Her passion is to help motivate and facilitate creativity and the love of art in young minds. Class Details: The ages are from 5-12. Children under 5 are welcome IF a parent is taking the class with them. We only have 20 seats available, First come, first serve. The dates are : April 9 April 23 May 7 May 21 Class is from 11am- 1pm Fee: $15 per session You must register your child, but your seat will not be saved until payment has been accepted. You can register via this link http://goo.gl/forms/pcsQDtkVf5 And you can pay via paypal link below, or drop off you payment at GCLEA at 5 esterbrook drive, cherry hill, NJ 08003 *Checks are accepted. They must be made out to GCLEA. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TH83SH2QZVWP6 We look forward to seeing you all there! If you have any questions please reach out to sis Sana Jaffer or Sis Shehnaz Patel

4/23/2016 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Putting Family First with Shaykh Nick Pelletier

Nick Pelletier is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science. After completing his studies in 2004 he accepted Islam. Soon after he accepted the position as the Public Affairs Representative of the Freedom Foundation for the Boston chapter of MAS. In 2006 he left the United States for Egypt where he began his study of the Arabic language and Islamic Jurisprudence. After completing his studies in Arabic he was granted a full scholarship to the prestigious Islamic University in Medina, where he completed his study of Arabic, and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Islamic Law. Upon returning home form Saudi Arabia he took the position of Imam for the Champions masjid of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston in Spring, TX. He recently resigned in order to take up the position of Director of Outreach for the Islamic Center of Irving, in order to focus his work on his passions of outreach, community and civic service, and the educational and spiritual development of new-Muslims. Schedule of Events: Friday, March 11 1:10pm - Khutbah 6:30pm - Seeking Knowledge as a Family 7:45pm - The Friday Show with Imam John Starling Saturday, March 12 5:30am - Husbands & Fathers 6:45am - Breakfast 1:00pm - Keys to a Happy Marriage Part 1 2:00pm - Lunch 2:45pm - Keys to a Happy Marriage Part 2 3:45pm - Tools for Raising Muslim Children 5:00pm - Open Q&A Session

3/12/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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Sandwiches for the Needy - A Youth Group & Community Event

GCLEA has teamed up with the Cathedral Kitchen, which is the largest "soup kitchen" in Camden, NJ. They provide thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy. Our goal is to make at least 200 sandwiches each month (if not more) to help feed the poor and needy. We hope you will all join us to support this good cause. You can bring meat to make either turkey, chicken or beef sandwiches, In sha'Allah. All Youth Group Members: Please bring a bag of sandwich bread, a pack of sandwich meat and cheese. All Others: If you wish to join us, please bring a bag of sandwich bread, sandwich meat & cheese. Please be on time. For more information, please contact: Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org For Halaal Meat: Shoprite: 2301 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.midamarhalal.com/Maps/Default.aspx Here's a list of other stores: http://www.yellowpages.com/cherry-hill-nj/cottman-halal-meat

3/12/2016 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Sandwiches for the Needy - A Youth Group & Community Event

GCLEA has teamed up with the Cathedral Kitchen, which is the largest "soup kitchen" in Camden, NJ. They provide thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy. Our goal is to make at least 200 sandwiches each month (if not more) to help feed the poor and needy. We hope you will all join us to support this good cause. You can bring meat to make either turkey, chicken or beef sandwiches, In sha'Allah. All Youth Group Members: Please bring a bag of sandwich bread, a pack of sandwich meat and cheese. All Others: If you wish to join us, please bring a bag of sandwich bread, sandwich meat & cheese. Please be on time. For more information, please contact: Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org For Halaal Meat: Shoprite: 2301 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.midamarhalal.com/Maps/Default.aspx Here's a list of other stores: http://www.yellowpages.com/cherry-hill-nj/cottman-halal-meat

2/13/2016 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Haircut for Men & Boys at GCLEA

As Salaamu Alaikum, GCLEA is now offering haircut for men and boys on the first Sunday of every month, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is FREE for all GCLEA Members. For Non-Members, it will be a donation of $5.00, per person. All donations will go to GCLEA. Special thanks to Br. Cheo Beasley. To become a member and take advantage of all the FREE services at GCLEA, please click on the link below: http://gclea.org/?page_id=1978 Jazak'Allah Khair.

2/7/2016 9:00:00 AM -05:00

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Hijab Is My Crown - 3rd Annual Hijab Day Event!

The GCLEA's Young Girl’s Youth Group Committee Presents... Our 3rd Annual Hijab Day Event! #HijabIsMyCrown Featuring guest speakers: ~Kashmir Maryam and ~Zara Asad On February 6, 2016, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Ages 7 and up! DRESS UP! A suggested donation of $5 at the door will help the Youth Group plan events like this. We are going to have: ~Spoken word ~Personal stories of wearing the Hijab ~Advice/Lessons of Hijab ~Tips for styling your modest outfits and exchanging fashion tips Bring your Muslim/Non-Muslim friends and get to meet new people who come together to learn about the Hijab! Contact girlsyouthcommitte@gclea.org for more info.

2/6/2016 4:00:00 PM +00:00

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Sandwiches for the Needy - A Youth Group & Community Event

GCLEA has teamed up with the Cathedral Kitchen, which is the largest "soup kitchen" in Camden, NJ. They provide thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy. Our goal is to make at least 200 sandwiches each month (if not more) to help feed the poor and needy. We hope you will all join us to support this good cause. You can bring meat to make either turkey, chicken or beef sandwiches, In sha'Allah. All Youth Group Members: Please bring a bag of sandwich bread, a pack of sandwich meat and cheese. All Others: If you wish to join us, please bring a bag of sandwich bread, sandwich meat & cheese. Please be on time. For more information, please contact: Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org For Halaal Meat: Shoprite: 2301 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.midamarhalal.com/Maps/Default.aspx Here's a list of other stores: http://www.yellowpages.com/cherry-hill-nj/cottman-halal-meat

1/9/2016 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Haircut for Men & Boys at GCLEA

As Salaamu Alaikum, GCLEA is now offering haircut for men and boys on the first Sunday of every month, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is FREE for all GCLEA Members. For Non-Members, it will be a donation of $5.00, per person. All donations will go to GCLEA. Special thanks to Br. Cheo Beasley. To become a member and take advantage of all the FREE services at GCLEA, please click on the link below: http://gclea.org/?page_id=1978 Jazak'Allah Khair.

1/3/2016 9:00:00 AM -05:00

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Women's Self Defence Seminar

As a part of GCLEA's on-going women's health & fitness programs we introduce the following seminar on self defense. PLEASE DRESS COMFORTABLY! DATE: 12/20/15 TIME: 5:00pm - 6:30pm COST: WE NEED AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE to secure a $10/person rate OR 15 people at $15/person! Bring all your girl friends and girl relatives. Muslims and Non-Muslims. AGE LIMIT: You must be 12 or older to join this class. And you MUST sign a waiver when you arrive. Parents will need to sign a waiver for girls ages 12 - 18. Babysitting is NOT available. WE NEED AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE to secure a $10/person rate and 15 people for $15/person! DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: 12/18/15 at Midnight! YOU MUST SIGN UP HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/eXBeS3cf7H For more info, please contact Sis. Fatima Jones at 609-424-7428. Bio of Trainer: Anika Khan is a 5th degree black belt in 3 different styles of martial arts. She's also a certified instructor. She's been in the martial arts for 17 years. Anika competed in various competitions, and was inducted into a few hall of fames as "Best Female Competitor." Martial arts is her passion and it has shaped the woman she is today. She does many self defense seminars for women, children, and college students. Anika also does private lessons for people who would like to train in a one-to-one setting. Currently, she works as a Case Manager for a non-profit agency for people with intellectual disabilities and other mental health challenges. Her goal is to help people and to share her martial arts knowledge in order to help people feel more safe and confident in their every day life. ---------------- Thank you to Sister Halimah Bashir for coming up with this event and putting us in touch with the trainer. Jazāki Allāhu khayran. ♡

12/20/2015 5:00:00 PM -05:00

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GCLEA'S Moms Offering Moms Support

Assalamu’Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. Bismillahhir Rahmanir Rahim: OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this group is to provide the opportunity for moms and moms to be to find sisterhood, support and be a resource for each other on almost everything that has to do with children. MEETING: Insha'Allah, the group will meet every Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Contact Evana Cooper-Starling and Rayane Kabbara Elchafic for more info.

12/16/2015 5:00:00 PM +00:00

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Sandwiches for the Needy - A Youth Group & Community Event

GCLEA has teamed up with the Cathedral Kitchen, which is the largest "soup kitchen" in Camden, NJ. They provide thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy. Our goal is to make at least 200 sandwiches each month (if not more) to help feed the poor and needy. We hope you will all join us to support this good cause. You can bring meat to make either turkey, chicken or beef sandwiches, In sha'Allah. All Youth Group Members: Please bring a bag of sandwich bread, a pack of sandwich meat and cheese. All Others: If you wish to join us, please bring a bag of sandwich bread, sandwich meat & cheese. Please be on time. For more information, please contact girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org For Halaal Meat: Shoprite: 2301 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.midamarhalal.com/Maps/Default.aspx Here's a list of other stores: http://www.yellowpages.com/cherry-hill-nj/cottman-halal-meat

12/12/2015 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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GCLEA's Moms Support Group

Assalamu’Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. Bismillahhir Rahmanir Rahim: OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this group is to provide the opportunity for moms and moms to be to find sisterhood, support and be a resource for each other on almost everything that has to do with children. MEETING: Insha'Allah, the group will meet every Tuesday, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The first meeting will be held on 12/08/15, where all questions, introduction and more info about the group will be provided. If you are interested, please be sure to attend. For now, please contact Shanaz Persaud if you have any questions: shanazpersaud@gmail.com

12/8/2015 12:00:00 PM -05:00

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Haircut for Men & Boys at GCLEA

As Salaamu Alaikum, GCLEA is now offering haircut for men and boys on the first Sunday of every month, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is FREE for all GCLEA Members. For Non-Members, it will be a donation of $5.00, per person. All donations will go to GCLEA. Special thanks to Br. Cheo Beasley. To become a member and take advantage of all the FREE services at GCLEA, please click on the link below: http://gclea.org/?page_id=1978 Jazak'Allah Khair.

12/6/2015 9:00:00 AM -05:00

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GCLEA's 3rd Annual - Winter Coat Drive

Do you have a coat, gloves, scarves, that you don’t need anymore? Then donate them! Winter is almost here and there are people who could use a nice warm coat, hats, gloves and/or blankets. There will be a box at GCLEA for you to drop off your gently used coat/hat/scarps/gloves/blankets, from 11/01/15 to 11/30/15 Please donate clean, reusable OR new items only. Please do not use this as an opportunity to get of items you wouldn't even wear yourself. Your items will go to the homeless shelter in Camden and if we get an overwhelming response, we will also share in the donation bin for Narenj Tree (who ship items to Syria). For more information, please contact Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org _______________ Hadith 37: Reward for Doing a Good Deed: On the authority of ibn Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with both of them): On the authority of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him) from among the sayings that he related from His Lord (glorified and exalted be He) is that He said, “Verily, Allah recorded the good deeds and the evil deeds. Then He clarified how [that recording should occur:] whoever decided to do a good deed but he did not do it, Allah records it with Him as a complete good deed. And if he decided to do it and actually did it, Allah records it with Him as ten good deeds up to seven hundred up to many times over. If he decided to do an evil deed but he did not do it, Allah records it with Him as one complete good deed. If he decided to do it and he actually did it, Allah records it as one evil deed.” (Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim) “And if he decided to do it and actually did it, Allah records it with Him as ten good deeds up to seven hundred up to many times over.” SubhanAllah, such is the mercy of Allah that when we actually do a good deed, He not only rewards us for that, but He increases our reward at least ten times! Allah tells us in the Qur’an: “Whoever brings a good deed shall have ten times the like thereof” (Surah al-Anaam:160)

11/30/2015 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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Women's Enrichment Committee - Cooking Class

What’s Cooking? Sister Fatima's famous Bread, Waffles and Fried Chicken. YUUUMMMM! This class is for Adult Females Only! No Babysitting is Available! 11/21/15 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Come hang out at GCLEA with the women for a nice afternoon chat and make new friends, while learning how to cook. And the best part is … you get to eat what you cook with your new friends! For more info, please contact Sister Fatimah Jones at 609-424-7428

11/21/2015 8:00:00 PM +00:00

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Women's Enrichment Committee - Sewing Class

FOR MOTHERS & THEIR TEENAGE DAUGHTERS! (No Babysitting is available) 11/21/15 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Please bring your own supplies. Supplies to bring are as follows: 1. Straight pins; 2. Needles; 3. Thread; 4. Buttons 5. One peace of fabric; 6. A pair of scissor; 7. A measurement tape 8. Optional: Sewing machine (the instructor will teach you how to use your sewing machine, if you don’t already know how to do so). For more info, please contact Sis. Fatima Jones at 609-424-7428

11/21/2015 7:00:00 PM +00:00

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Women's Enrichment Committee ~ Tai Chi

FOR ADULT FEMALES ONLY! NO BABYSITTING IS AVAILABLE. TAI CHI originated in China as a martial art, and over time, has evolved into an effective exercise for a healthy mind and body. It has been found to be helpful for people with arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, back pain, and other chronic illness. The physical exertion for this exercise is the same as for a walking program. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, supportive shoes. No other equipment is required. 11/21/15 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm. For more info, please contact Sis. Fatima Jones at 609-424-7428

11/21/2015 6:00:00 PM +00:00

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Sandwiches for the Needy - A Youth Group & Community Event

GCLEA has teamed up with the Cathedral Kitchen, which is the largest "soup kitchen" in Camden, NJ. They provide thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy. Our goal is to make at least 200 sandwiches each month (if not more) to help feed the poor and needy. We hope you will all join us to support this good cause. You can bring meat to make either turkey, chicken or beef sandwiches, In sha'Allah. All Youth Group Members: Please bring a bag of sandwich bread, a pack of sandwich meat and cheese. All Others: If you wish to join us, please bring a bag of sandwich bread, sandwich meat & cheese. Please be on time. For more information, please contact: Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org For Halaal Meat: Shoprite: 2301 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.midamarhalal.com/Maps/Default.aspx Here's a list of other stores: http://www.yellowpages.com/cherry-hill-nj/cottman-halal-meat

11/14/2015 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Haircut for Men & Boys at GCLEA

As Salaamu Alaikum, GCLEA is now offering haircut for men and boys on the first Sunday of every month, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is FREE for all GCLEA Members. For Non-Members, it will be a donation of $5.00, per person. All donations will go to GCLEA. Special thanks to Br. Cheo Beasley. To become a member and take advantage of all the FREE services at GCLEA, please click on the link below: http://gclea.org/?page_id=1978 Jazak'Allah Khair.

11/1/2015 9:00:00 AM -05:00

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Ilyas & Duck - Storytime & More...

GCLEA is happy to be hosting Storytime & More, with award winning author of Ilyas & Duck, Omar S. Khawaja! Schedule: 11:00am-11:30am - Arts & Crafts 11:45am-12:45pm - Storytime 1:00pm-1:15pm - Dhuhr Prayer 1:20pm-1:45pm - Meet the author This is a FREE event! The book will be on sale for your convenience. PARENTS: Be sure to bring 2 empty toilet paper rolls for EACH child for the Arts and Craft activity with the author. Any questions, please contact Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org.

10/25/2015 11:00:00 AM -04:00

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GCLEA's 4th ANNUAL COMMUNITY Breast Cancer Walk - 10/25/15

As Salaamu Alaikum, Join us all in our 4th year participating in the American Cancer Societies Making Strides for Breast Cancer. Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. This event is for EVERYONE, not just Youth Group Members. SO, please join us with your families. If you buy our T-Shirts, all proceeds will go to GCLEA. Please support us (see link below). When? 10/25/15 Where? Cooper River Park - Camden, NJ 5300 N Park Dr, Pennsauken NJ, 08109 START TIME AND MEETING UP: The walk will start at 10am, but we will be meeting up by the MAIN TENT, which is the registration tent at 9:00am. Look out for the GCLEA BANNER! SIGN UP: Sign up for this event, by clicking on the link below and select "Join Our Team": If you wish to make a donation, you can also do it. You do not need to make a donation in order to sign up for this event. http://main.acsevents.org/goto/gclea ORDER YOUR T-SHIRT BY 10/11/15 They will be delivered to GCLEA and I will distribute it: http://thinkshirt.com/gclea-breast-cancer-awareness-t-shirt-/ Any questions, please contact me, Shanaz Hoossain Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org

10/25/2015 9:00:00 AM -04:00

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GCLEA & "Day of Dignity" - 2nd Annual Event

As Salaamu Alaikum, This is our 2nd year partnering with the Coordinators of "Day of Dignity" in Philadelphia to bring awareness to this event as well as asking for community participation. Here's another great opportunity for you to help out a really good cause. THIS IS NOT JUST FOR OUR YOUTH GROUPS, ANYONE CAN VOLUNTEER. To sign up, please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/81G3z8VjjL Any questions, you can contact Shanaz Persaud. Here's the event info: ___________________________ Join AMANA FOUNDATION, CAIR-PA PHILADELPHIA, FEED PHILLY, FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA, ISLAMIC RELIEF USA, JESUS CHRIST and CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS for an interfaith day of service and community. Now entering its ninth year, this partnership has brought together volunteers of all ages and faith traditions to honor the inherent worth and dignity of hundreds of our neighbors whose lives have been impacted by poverty. Hosted in the sanctuary, this all-day event provides food, clothing, blankets, medical care, school supplies, and more to our Philadelphia family members in need. How can you help? Volunteers are needed to help with set-up (Friday Night/Saturday Morning), distribution (Saturday), and clean-up (Saturday afternoon). Whether you are available for only a couple of hours or the whole day, consider signing up to be a part of this day that puts our faith into action. Even if you cannot attend, you can still help by making a donation toward the services provided that day. Just $25 provides clothing, jackets, winter essentials, a healthy meal, and more to someone in need. All donations are tax deductible. To donate, visit: http://www.amanafoundation.com/#!about2/c8f0

10/17/2015 9:00:00 AM -04:00

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Girls Development Seminar

Our girls... they grow up so fast... From birth to teenagers to young adults into adults.... you get the picture. :) Where does the time go, we ask ourselves. Meanwhile, we want to provide all the resources we can, to ensure they develop into wonderful young ladies, Insha'Allah. We are aware that this topic is addressed in school, but it's usually in a class with boys and girls (if you're going to public school). This will give the girls a chance to ask questions they would otherwise be shy to ask in school. So, please encourage them to ask questions. So with that in mind, GCLEA will be hosting Nurse Keisha Muhammad and she will be educating our girls on 'Girls' Development", followed by the Imam's wife, Evana Cooper-Starling, who will be closing it with the Islamic Perspective. This event is open to all girls from age 9 years and older. Please e-mail Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org should you have any question(s). Thank you.

10/16/2015 6:00:00 PM -04:00

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Sandwiches for the Needy! YOUTH GROUPS & COMMUNITY EVENT

GCLEA has teamed up with the Cathedral Kitchen, which is the largest "soup kitchen" in Camden, NJ. They provide thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy. Our goal is to make at least 200 sandwiches each month (if not more) to help feed the poor and needy. We hope you will all join us to support this good cause. You can bring meat to make either turkey, chicken or beef sandwiches, In sha'Allah. All Youth Group Members: Please bring a bag of sandwich bread, a pack of sandwich meat and cheese. All Others: If you wish to join us, please bring a bag of sandwich bread, sandwich meat & cheese. Please be on time. For more information, please contact: Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org. For Halaal Meat: Shoprite: 2301 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.midamarhalal.com/Maps/Default.aspx Here's a list of other stores: http://www.yellowpages.com/cherry-hill-nj/cottman-halal-meat

10/9/2015 6:00:00 PM -04:00

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RESCHEDULED FOR 10/10/15...GCLEA Girls Youth Group - Apple Picking Event

Salaam, due to the impending hurricane this event has been rescheduled for next Saturday, 10/10/15, Insha'Allah. ================= As Salaamu Alaikum, The Girls Youth Group (which includes the Sister's Youth Group, the Young Ladies Youth Group and the Girls Scouts) will be going Apple picking on 10/03/15 at 9:30am at Johnson's Corner Farm. DROP OFF IS AT: 133 Church Rd. Medford, NJ, at 9:30am PICK UP IS AT: 133 Church Rd. Medford, NJ, at 11:30am Cost: $11, per girls All tours include a hayride, picking of the apple, use of our picnic area, animal feeding and play time in the Animal Farm. Respective groups, please contact your Team Leader for more info. Any questions, please contact, Shanaz Persaud at girlsyouthcommittee@gclea.org. Rain Date will be the following Saturday, 10/10/15, IsA. Let's hope it doesn't rain. Lol Jazak'Allah Khair.

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