Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II is the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church. He became the 123rd Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch when he was enthroned as patriarch in Damascus on May 29, 2014. Before his election to the patriarchate, he was Archbishop for the Eastern United States of America, and known as Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim in that post. In that role, he establishednew parishes, introduced a number of new programs for the youth, and worked for interchurch unity.
Said Karim was born in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, on May 3, 1965, the youngest son of Issa and Khanema Karim. His family are Arameans who originally came from the village wo in the Tur Abdin region of Mardin Province, Turkey.