SOAR - Amman Chapter

Amman joined the SOAR family in May 2015. Armenians in Jordan are ethnic Armenians living within the current Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. There were about 6,000 Armenians living in Jordan between 1930 and 1946. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, a new wave of immigrants arrived from Palestine to increase the number of Armenians to about 10,000. Starting in the 1950s, however, and particularly after the 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, Jordan witnessed the emigration of a large number of Armenians to Australia, Canada, and the United States. There are approximately 3,000 Armenians living in the country today, with Armenians comprising the largest majority of non-Arab Christians in Jordan.

Most Armenian organizations and schools and religious structures are located in Amman’s Jabal Al-Ashrafieh neighborhood, also commonly called the Armenian Neighborhood. There are three Armenian churches in Jordan: 1) St. Thaddeus Armenian Apostolic Church, in Amman; 2) St. Garabed Church, in Jordan River; and 3) and the Armenian Catholic Church of St. Sahag and St. Mesrob. Armenian education is very important in maintaining Armenian language and identity among the Armenian community in Jordan, and Amman is host to many Armenian institutions, cultural associations, and a school.

SOAR-Amman assists with all internal graphic design.

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Board of Directors:

Aleen Markarian

Born in Amman, Jordan to Armenian parents, Aleen Markarian has always felt a dual connection between her Armenian heritage and Jordanian upbringing. Growing up in a creative household, surrounded by her father's and brother's success as photographers, the arts is where she found her passion. Aleen received her BA in Graphic Design in 2005 at the Applied Science University in Jordan, and received her Advertising Certification at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California in 2009. She has worked in several top 10 multinational advertising agencies having handled some of the biggest campaigns for international brands on a local and regional level. She has also served as Art Director for both a lifestyle and interior design magazine. As a new mom, she now spends time freelancing as a Graphic Designer and Brand Consultant while spending time with her daughter teaching her Armenian.

Betty Abrilian

Betty Abrilian was born in Aleppo, Syria. She is a Business Administration graduate from the Economic and Business Institute. She started working as project secretary at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in 2010 and was teaching English and Arabic to primary school students. Betty moved to Amman, Jordan in 2012 to work as the Program Administrator at Diversification and Sustainable Intensification of Production Systems Program (DSIPS) at the same organization.

Betty was an active volunteer member in Aleppo, Syria at the Armenian Church (Patients Care Committee) which gives moral support to people in need. She also helped in several exhibitions related to Armenian Genocide and was a member at the Armenian Cultural Association.