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Kol Israel 2017 Holocaust Memorial
Kol Israel 2017 Holocaust Memorial
Kol Israel Foundation is an organization of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, their families, and supporters. Each year they hold an annual Memorial Service. The 56th annual Memorial Service was held at Zion Memorial Park in Bedford Heights on Sunday September 24, 2017. It was co-sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. In 1961, Kol Israel built one of the first monuments in the United States dedicated to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Ashes of the victims from concentration camps are buried beneath it and the names of deceased family members are engraved on its surrounding wall.

The ceremony included a special dedication of the Kol Israel Memorial Monument's Historical Marker. The marker, granted by the Ohio History Connection, acknowledges the Monument as the first of its kind in the United States.

Jewish Federation of Cleveland president Gary Gross

Jewish Federation of Cleveland president Gary Gross



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Republic of Slovenia Prime Minister Miro Cerar in Cleveland
Republic of Slovenia Prime Minister Miro Cerar in Cleveland
The Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Andrej G. Rode hosted a reception in Honor of His Excellency Dr. Miro Cerar Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Slovenian National Home in Cleveland Ohio. Slovenian Ambassador to the US Stanislav Vidovic also attended.

Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar

Slovenia Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar


Photos and video from the Slovenian Prime Minister event

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Cleveland Indians Hispanic Heritage Night
Cleveland Indians Hispanic Heritage Night
The Cleveland Indians hosted Hispanic Heritage Night on Friday, Sept. 15 at Progressive Field as part of Major League Baseball’s broader Hispanic Heritage Month efforts. The Tribe played host to a large group of Hispanic fans at Progressive Field that evening, plus a DJ played the club’s players’ favorite Latin music throughout the game.

The Tribe’s 40-man roster includes 13 players of Hispanic descent, including fan favorites Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramírez, Carlos Carrasco, Edwin Encarnación and more. On Opening Day, 235 players -- almost 30 percent of the league -- were of Latino descent and in a recent ESPN poll, more than 60 percent of Hispanic people living in the U.S. consider themselves fans of Major League Baseball.

Francisco Lindor

Francisco Lindor


See more from Progressive Field and the league’s “Ponle Acento” campaign

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Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in Croatian Garden
Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in Croatian Garden
The Croatian Heritage Museum & Library hosted a concert of Croatian tamburitza music in the Croatian Cultural Garden on Sunday September 17, 2017. The Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra performed a concert of traditional Croatian tamburitza music.

Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in Croatian Cultural Garden

Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in Croatian Cultural Garden


Photos and videos of the Žumbercani Tamburitzans Orchestra in the Croatian Cultural Garden

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Pakistani Cultural Garden at One World Day
Pakistani Cultural Garden at One World Day
Though the Pakistani Cultural Garden is still in the planning and fund-raising phase, the Cleveland Pakistani community was out in full force at the 72nd annual One World Day.

Members of the community marched in the annual Parade of Flags.

Pakistani Garden in One World Day Parade of Flags


Later at the site of the Pakistani Garden there was food, music, games for kids, information and lots of fun.

Pakistani Cultural Garden on One World Day

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14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival
14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival
Smoked sausages and polka music attracted a crowd of more than 1,200 to SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, for the 14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on a warm and sunny Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Polka music legends Ron Sluga and Walter Ostanek, Canada's Polka King

Polka music legends Ron Sluga and Walter Ostanek, Canada's Polka King

Photos and more from the Slovenian Sausage Festival

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Welcome International Students - Global Cleveland InterCLE
Welcome International Students - Global Cleveland InterCLE
Northeast Ohio's international students, an economic force waiting to be tapped, were invited to a first-of-its-kind event on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. Over 520 young adults from around the world attended InterCLE 2017, where civic and business leaders, for the first time, formally welcomed them to the region.

The event featured music, food, cultural demonstrations, networking with employers and an after-party in the Flats.

Friends of Global Cleveland team menmbers

Friends of Global Cleveland team members


Photos and videos from the Global Cleveland InterCLE 2017

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Chinese Bridge Summer Camp - American Students in China
Chinese Bridge Summer Camp - American Students in China
In the summer of 2017, twenty-seven American students from eleven different schools received the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to the co-sponsorship of the Honorable Marcia Fudge and Chinese Vice Premier LIU Yandong, these students were able to partake in the Chinese Bridge Program.

Through the program, organized by the Cleveland State University Confucius Institute and joint-organized by the Capital University of Economics and Business(CUEB) in Beijing and Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, students received the chance to spend two weeks immersed in Chinese language, history, food, sights and culture in the cities of Beijing and Kunming (of Yunnan Province).

photo with the local minority of Yunnan Shilin

Students posing with a local


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K-Pop at Global Cleveland InterCLE
K-Pop at Global Cleveland InterCLE
International students from around the world who are attending school in Cleveland attended InterCLE 2017, a grand welcome for international students hosted by Global Cleveland and Friends of Global Cleveland a new, international young professionals group and with the support of the City of Cleveland. 4 young ladies performed K-Pop dances for the 400 attendees.

K-Pop performance at InterCLE

K-Pop dancers


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Hula Fusion at Global Cleveland InterCLE
Hula Fusion at Global Cleveland InterCLE
International students from around the world who are attending school in Cleveland attended InterCLE 2017, a grand welcome for international students hosted by Global Cleveland and Friends of Global Cleveland a new, international young professionals group and with the support of the City of Cleveland. Hula Fusion performed for the 400 attendees.

Hula Fusion dancers from the Pacific Islands

Hula Fusion


Photos and videos from the Hula Fusion Dancers

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Rising Star Acrobats at Global Cleveland InterCLE
Rising Star Acrobats at Global Cleveland InterCLE
International students from around the world who are attending school in Cleveland attended InterCLE 2017, a grand welcome for international students hosted by Global Cleveland and Friends of Global Cleveland a new, international young professionals group and with the support of the City of Cleveland. Rising Star Acrobats performed for the 400 attendees.

Rising Star Gymnastics

Rising Star Gymnastics


See photos and videos from the Rising Star Gymnastics performance

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Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day
Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day
The Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio hosted a flag-raising ceremony on the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

The Garden was decorated beautifully and Vietnamese food, drink and culture were shared with visitors.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2017

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2017




Later in the day representatives of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden marched in the Parade of Flags.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden marching in the One World Day Parade of Flags


Photos and videos from the Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day

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Górale Polish Folk Dancers and Syrena Folk Ensemble at Oktoberfest
Górale Polish Folk Dancers and Syrena Polish Folk Ensemble at Oktoberfest
The Górale Polish Folk Dancers and Syrena Polish Folk Ensemble performed at the 2017 Cleveland Oktoberfest on September 3, 2017.

They performed dances and wore costumes from Lublin, Gdansk and other regions of Poland.

Syrena Polish Folk Ensemble

Syrena Polish Folk Ensemble

Gorale Polish Folk Dancers of Cleveland

Gorale Polish Folk Dancers of Cleveland

Photos and Videos of Gorale and Syrena

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Confucius Institute and Chinese Cultural Garden at One World Day
Confucius Institute and Chinese Cultural Garden at One World Day
The Confucius Institute and Chinese Cultural Garden participated in the 72nd annual One World Day on August 27, 2017. They marched in the Parade of Flags.

Chinese Garden at One World Day Parade

Participating in the
One World Day Parade of Nations


Many people stopped by their cultural booth to learn Chinese phrases, try on traditional clothing, eat fortune cookies and more.

Trying on and taking pictures with Chinese traditional clothing

Trying on and taking pictures with Chinese traditional clothing


More from the Confucius Institute and Chinese Cultural Garden at One World Day

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Cleveland Greek Community at 72nd annual One World Day
Cleveland Greek Community at 72nd annual One World Day
Over 25,000 people attended the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday August 27, 2017. The weather was beautiful and the Greek Cultural Garden looked terrific and was a popular destination.

Representatives from the Hellenic Preservation Society of Northeastern Ohio (HPS) were on hand to answer questions about Greek culture.

Renee Steffas from HPS

Renee Steffas from Hellenic Preservation Society


Traditional Greek bouzouki music was performed in the Greek Cultural Garden by Abraham Anastasiadis & Athanasios Sarantopoulos.

Abraham Anastasiadis & Athanasios Sarantopoulos

Abraham Anastasiadis & Athanasios Sarantopoulos


A group of St Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers performed traditional Greek dances.

St Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers

St Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers


See videos and photos of the Greek community at One World Day

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Milutin Milankovic Bust Dedication
Milutin Milankovic Bust Dedication
The Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland continues to grow. A new bust of Milutin Milankovic was dedicated on Sunday August 20th in the Serbian Cultural Garden. His Grace Bishop Irinej and Fr. Dragoslav Kosic officiated at the dedication.

Milutin Milankovic bust

New Milutin Milankovic bust in Serbian Cultural Garden


Photos and Videos of the Dedication and Ceremony

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Opera in the Albanian Cultural Garden
Opera in the Albanian Cultural Garden
The Albanian Cultural Garden hosted an opera performance on August 20, 2017 and hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the beautiful setting, great food and music from the Cleveland Opera Theater. The stage was set on the upper level of the Albanian Garden by the fountain.

Armend Axhenti and Councilwoman Dona Brady

Albanian Cultural Garden delegate Armend Axhenti
and Councilwoman Dona Brady


See photos and videos from opera in the Albanian Cultural Garden

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One World Day
One World Day
The 72nd annual One World Day is history and over 25,000 people enjoyed an amazing day in the Cleveland Cultrual Gardens.

Lots of photod and videos coming soon.

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Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
The Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary travels in various parts of Hungary and to Hungarians living in the diaspora throughout the year. This is the first time that they performed in North America

The Choir gave a beautiful performance with selections in Hungarian and English at the First Hungarian Reformed Church in Walton Hills in the evening. In the morning they toured the Hungarian Cultural Garden.

Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary perform in Hungarian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary
perform in Hungarian Cultural Garden


Photos and Videos of the Choir in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

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Vietnamese Cultural Garden Cleanup for One World Day
Vietnamese Cultural Garden Cleanup for One World Day
A hard-working crew spent time in the beautiful weather on Saturday getting work done in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden preparing for One World Day which will be Sunday August 27 from 11 AM to 7PM.

Gia Hoa Ryan, Joseph Meissner and Oanh Loi-Powell

Gia Hoa Ryan, Joseph Meissner and Oanh Loi-Powell


More photos from the Vietnamese Cultural Garden cleanup

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2017 Glenville Parade
2017 Glenville Parade
The annual Glenville Parade took place on Saturday August 12, 2017 to kick off the Glenville Community Festival. The annual Glenville Parade and Festival is led by Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson.

Royal Diamond Youngsters

Royal Diamond Youngsters at the Glenville Parade

Photos and video of the 2017 Glenville Parade

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Ukrainian Embroidery
Ukrainian Embroidery
In this short video Uliana explained the beautiful dresses and other items from Ukraine at the Ukrainian Festival at Pokrova Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Parma.



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Cleveland Foundation Common Ground
Cleveland Foundation Common Ground

ClevelandPeople.com attended the event in the Syrian Cultural Garden hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) which had an international focus.

Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy, CCWA CEO and Wael Khoury,M.D., CCWA Board Chair at the CCWA table at Common Ground

Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy, CCWA CEO and
Wael Khoury,M.D., CCWA Board Chair
at the Common Ground event


See more from the Common Ground event in the Syrian Cultural Garden

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2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2017 Hall of Fame Induction
The 2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame was inducted in front of 500 people on April 18th.

2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame class



Seated - Mona Alag, Basil Russo, Marianna Miller
Standing - Seung Kim, Wael Khoury MD, Jim Craciun




More about the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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Thank You Mayor Jackson
Thank You Mayor Jackson
Letter from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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Thank You Governor Kasich
Thank You Governor Kasich
Letter from Ohio Governor Kasich to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
The International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted their annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

At the end of an international fashion show that featured native costumes from dozens of countries, the models gathered on stage and walked out to the sounds of We are the World. Watch this short video and be inspired.

More photos and videos from the event soon.

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We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.

We hope that you will pray along with the diverse group of people on this DVD. They are young and old, different races and ethnicities, in Church and outside, alone and in groups. The prayers are said in English, but occasionally there is a prayer in another language. You may not know the language but will understand, and be able to pray along, because of the context.

  1. American Sign Language
  2. English
  3. Gaelic
  4. German
  5. Hindi
  6. Italian
  7. Konkani
  8. Korean
  9. Lebanese
  10. Polish
  11. Portuguese
  12. Slovenian
  13. Spanish
  14. Swahili

Lourdes Shrine in Cleveland


More about the We Pray the Rosary DVD


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Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
"As chairman and on behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we enthusiastically take the pledge of peace and nonviolence. We are honored to be associated with two of the greatest human beings whoever lived: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Most importantly, we want to be associated with the universal and eternal value of peace and dignity for all human beings, who are all created in God's image.
José C Feliciano

Have you signed the Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence yet?

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Cultural and Ethnic Store
Cultural and Ethnic Store
No matter what your cultural or ethnic background is, you will find products tailored to that group in our On-Line Store.

For example, do you know a Slovenian (or Irish or Polish or Italian or...) Grandma or Grandpa who would love their own Parking Sign? Check it out. Books, DVDs, Music, Flags, Baby Items, Gourmet Foods and much more.

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 What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People

Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time). And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cultural Gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

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Welcome to Cleveland

Helping Monika

Over 1,500 of the daily visitors to ClevelandPeople.Com visit from outside the US. The website has been serving as a Virtual Welcoming Center to people from all over the world. We ask the appropriate Ambassador to assist us with specific cases.

For example, we received an e-mail from a visitor named Monika in Poland. The message was in Polish so we asked Polish Ambassador John Borkowski to translate for us.

Basically, Monika is coming to the Cleveland Clinic and is nervous. She doesn't know anyone or the language.

We sent Monika's information to many on our Polish (and other) lists and the response was terrific. Several organizations and individuals will be assisting and welcoming Monika.

What a terrific group of Cleveland People!

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What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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