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. See this narrator’s full biography and oral history.
Oral History Clips:
Zein Rimawi recounts his multiple migrations from Palestine to East Germany to Jordan and, finally, to Brooklyn.