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Oral History Interview with Zein Rimawi, March 13, 2018

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Zein Rimawi discusses growing up in a village near Jerusalem, studying engineering in East Germany, and then immigrating to the United States. He addresses his personal experiences with cultural assimilation in East Germany and in the United States, and also speaks extensively about the importance of voting and political activism within his community. In addition, he touches on the value of interfaith celebrations, his relationships with his children, and his personal philosophy regarding work and charity. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Biographical / Historical

Zein Rimawi was born in 1954 near the city of Jerusalem during a period of changing political boundaries. After studying engineering in Lebanon and East Germany, he immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s. He settled in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn and he co-founded both the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and the Al-Noor School, the latter of which his children attended.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at the Center for Brooklyn History's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201