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2017

Cleveland American Middle East Organization 47th anniversary

The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 47th anniversary and induction of new officers at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and CAMEO Board

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and CAMEO Board

Photos and video of the CAMEO event


2016

Lebanese at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Cleveland Lebanese Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.

120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Lebanese models, Jamila Alhaib and Nemer Saueidi.



Jamila Alhaib and Nemer Saueidi model Lebanese clothes

Jamila Alhaib and Nemer Saueidi model Lebanese clothes

Jamila Alhaib and Nemer Saueidi model Lebanese clothes

Pierre Bejjani, Jamila Alhaib and Nemer Saueidi model Lebanese clothes

Pierre Bejjani, Jamila Alhaib and Nemer Saueidi model Lebanese clothes

Mary and Pierre Bejjani

Mary and Pierre Bejjani

See more from the 2016 International Fashion Show


2016 Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall

The American Lebanese Community Council presented the 6th annual celebration of Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland celebrating the 73rd independence of Lebanon. The ceremony was in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Photos and video of 2016 Lebanon Day in Cleveland


Lebanese Cultural Garden Update

A presentation was made on the current status an future plans for the Lebanese Cultural Garden by Natalie Ronayne, Chairperson of the Lebanese Cultural Garden Committee, and committee member Amy McDonald.

Lebanese Cultural Garden plans

Photos and video of the Lebanese Cultural Garden presentation


Faces in the Crowd at Lebanon Day

Enjoy these images from the 2016 Lebanon Day. Who do you recognize?.

Nemr Soueidi

Nemr Soueidi


Photos and video of people at Lebanon Day


Ajyal Dabke Dance Group

A highlight of the 2016 Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall was a performance by the Ajyal Dabke Dance Group.

Ajyal Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day 2016 in Cleveland


Photos and video of the Ajyal Dabke Dance Group


Lions of the Desert Dancers

A highlight of the 2016 Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall was a performance by the Lions of the Desert Dancers.

belly dancer from the Lions of the Desert Dance Company


Photos and video of the Lions of the Desert Dancers


Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel in Cleveland

Amine Gemayel, President of Lebanon from 1982-1988, was the guest speaker at Case Western Reserve University on Friday October 7, 2016. The event was sponsored by the CWRU Center for International Affairs, The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, Cleveland Council for World Affairs and the Kataeb Chapter of Cleveland.

President Amine Gemayel at CWRU

President Amine Gemayel at CWRU

Photos and video of President Gemayel at CWRU


Lebanese Cultural Garden at One World Day

The Lebanese Cultural Garden and Cleveland Lebanese community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Lebanon in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Lebanese community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Lebanese Cultural Garden and shared Lebanese food, music, dance and culture.

Lebanese Cultural Garden on One World Day

Lebanese Cultural Garden on One World Day


See more from 2016 One World Day


Lebanese Cultural Garden on KId's Day

The Lebanese Garden was one of 4 Gardens featured on the first annual Kid's Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Kids (of all ages) learned about Lebanon and Lebanese language, culture, history, geography and more. They even learned the basic steps to Lebanese dance.

Pierre Bejjani and Faris Alameh on Kid's Day

Pierre Bejjani and Faris Alameh on Kid's Day


Photos and videos from Kid's Day in the Lebanese Cultural Garden


Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby, Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim

Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby,
Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim


Photos and videos of the CAMEO event


Cleveland American Middle East Organization 46th Anniversary

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans.

The 46th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center on May 20, 2016.

The two honorees that evening were Fred Bourjaily and Dr. James Zogby.

Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby, Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim

Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby,
Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim


Photos and videos of the CAMEO event







2015

Lebanon Day in Cleveland City Hall

The American Lebanese Community Council, along with Major Frank Jackson and the City of Cleveland hosted Lebanon Day at the City of Cleveland. This event for all Lebanese and friends of Lebanon celebrated the 72nd Independence of Lebanon.

Along with the speeches, entertainment and food there was a presentation on the Lebanese Cultural Garden.

Nemr Soueidi & Rolla Elias

Nemr Soueidi and Rolla Elias



Lebanon Day 2015 in Cleveland - photos and video


Ajyal Lebanese Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day

The Ajyal Dancers performed at the 2015 Lebanon Day.

Ajyal Lebanese Dabke Dancers

Ajyal Dancers at Lebanon Day - photos and video


Lebanese Costumes

Members of the Ajyal Lebanese Dance Group explained the historic Lebanese clothing they were wearing at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum. The costumes were worn by Lebanese royalty in the 1600's and 1700's. The pointy hat is called a tarboush.




Arab poet Nizar Qabbani honored with bust in Cleveland

Several hundred members of Cleveland's Middle East community along with friends and supporters gathered at the Syrian Cultural Garden for a ceremony dedicating the new bust of Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani on September 12, 2015.

Bust of Nizar Qabbani in Syrian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio

Bust of Nizar Qabbani in Syrian Cultural Garden

For those who could not attend the dedication ceremony for the bust of Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani in the Syrian Cultural Garden we have posted 4 pages of text, photos and videos.

Page 1 is the main page that covers the dignitaries, speeches and more.

Page 2 includes poetry recitations in both English and Arabic.

Page 3 features people posing with the bust of Qabbani.

Page 4 shows the bust up close and the Syrian Garden.

It was a great event and this is a great addition to the Cultural Gardens.


Ajyal Lebanese Dabke Dancers in Lebanese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2015

The Ajyal Dabke Lebanese Dance Ensemble under the direction of Issam Aboudabe performed a traditional Lebanese Dance at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This performance was part of the annual Cleveland International Folk Festival.

The Ajyal Dabke Lebanese Dance Ensemble under the direction of Issam Aboudabe performed a traditional Lebanese Dance at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Ajyal Dancers at Lebanese Garden - photos and video


Lebanese Cultural Garden

The Lebanese Community will soon join with other nations in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The future site of the Lebanese Cultural Garden is on MLK Blvd. just south of the India Garden.

Lebanese Cultural Garden



Judge Ralph Perk Jr., Irene Morrow and Senator George Voinovich presented the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio Freedom Award to Lebanese born Abdullah (Abby) Mina at the 54th annual Captive Nations Dinner in Cleveland. Abby Mina is the longest serving president of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO).




Abdullah (Abby) Mina receives Freedom Award

Judge Ralph Perk Jr., Irene Morrow and Senator George Voinovich presented the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio Freedom Award to Lebanese born Abdullah (Abby) Mina at the 54th annual Captive Nations Dinner in Cleveland. Abby Mina is the longest serving president of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO).




Cleveland American Middle East Organization 45th Anniversary

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans.

The 45th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center on May 2, 2015.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and the new CAMEO Board

County Executive Armond Budish and the new CAMEO Board


Photos and videos of the CAMEO event


Richard A. Ganim inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Photos and Video coming soon


Richard Gamim's parents immigrated to the US from Lebanon in the early 1900's. He proudly served our country during World War II in the Army Airborne Division.

He was one of the first local politicians of Middle Eastern descent including two terms as the Mayor of Seven Hills. Richard was an original founder of CAMEO, the Cleveland American Middle East Organization.

He will be inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by current CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani.

Richard A. Ganim

Richard A. Ganim


Read more about Richard Ganim

Over 500 people attended the induction ceremony on April 29, 2015 at the Marriott at Key Center.

Learn more about the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

2014

Lebanese Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Cleveland Lebanese community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Lebanese costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashion of Lebanon

Fashion of Lebanon


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Lebanon Day 2014 in Cleveland


The American Lebanese Community Council presented Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland to celebrate 71 years of independence for Lebanon. The Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall was full of Lebanese Americans and friends of the Lebanese community.

Lebanmese American teens dancing

Dancing at Lebanon Day

3 pages of photos and videos of Lebanon Day 2014


Ajyal Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day 2014 in Cleveland


The Ajyal Dabke Dancers performed at the 2014 celebration of Lebanon Day in Cleveland in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

The Ajyal Dabke Dancers performed at the 2014 celebration of Lebanon Day in Cleveland

Ajyal Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day

Photos and videos of Ajyal Dancers


Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) Picnic


The Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) held their annual picnic on the grounds of St Sava's on July 13, 2014. Music, dancing, food, drinks and fun for the whole family.

Joe Khadige, Joseph Asmar, John Harp

Joe Khadige, Joseph Asmar and John Harp

More from the NOLAA Picnic


Asian Heritage Day Celebration

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014
The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.

Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization.

This included the Cleveland American Middle East Organization

Pierre Bejjani and of Cleveland American Middle East Organization

Faris Alameh and Pierre Bejjani of Cleveland American Middle East Organization



Pierre Bejjani and of Cleveland American Middle East Organization


Learn more about each organization including photos and videos of the group leaders at the Asian Organizations in Cleveland pages.


Cleveland American Middle East Organization 44th anniversary

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans. The 44th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center on May 2, 2014.

Abby Mina, Pierre Bejjani, Judge Joseph J. Nahra and Paul Marnecheck

Abby Mina, Pierre Bejjani, Judge Joseph J. Nahra and Paul Marnecheck


CAMEO 44th Anniversary Main Page

CAMEO Awards - Elinor Bourjaily (in Memoriam), Judge Ralph Perk Jr. and Judge Joseph J. Nahra

Keynote Speaker Chris Tye

Faces in the crowd at the CAMEO event - who do you recognize?


2013

Ajyal Lebanese Folk Dance Group at Cleveland Art Museum

Ajyal Lebanese Folk Dance Group danced at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The performance was dedicated to Wadih al-saffi, the Voice of Lebanon, who passed away earlier in the week.



See more of Ajyal Dabke Dancers


Lebanese at One World Day

The Cleveland Lebanese community will soon have a Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. A group or representatives marched in the Parade of Flags in the annual One World Day on August 25, 2013.

Lebanese in One World Day Parade


Lebanese in One World Day Parade

Pierre and Mary Bejjani march with Tony Abdulkarim


Cleveland American Middle East Organization 43rd Anniversary
Officer Installation, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost keynote and more
April 6,2013

CAMEO board with Dave and Darlene Yost

CAMEO board with Ohio State Auditor Dave and Darlene Yost



2012

Richard A. Ganim received the American Nationalities Movement Freedom Award

American Nationalities Movement Annual Christmas Program
Bohemian National Hall - December 15, 2012

Cleveland Council's Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek, Pierre Bejjani, Mark George, Councilwoman Dona Brady and Ralph Perk Jr.

Cleveland Council's Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek, Pierre Bejjani, Mark George, Councilwoman Dona Brady and Ralph Perk Jr.


Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland

Lebanese Independence Day with Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall - November 20, 2012

Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Consul General Kabalan, Mayor Jackson and Pierre Bejjani


Photos of attendees at Lebanese Independence Day event
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall - November 20, 2012

Lebanon Day Committee Members

Lebanon Day Committee Members

Performance by Lebanese Dance Group Ajyal at Independence Day

Ajyal Lebanese dance group - Lebanese flag

Ajyal performer with Lebanese flag



Lebanese Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Lebanese Cultural Garden

Lebanese Cultural Garden at One World Day



Lebanese at 216

Cleveland is known as the 216 so when the 216th birthday of July 22, 2012 approached, Ohio Homecoming planned a huge party for the city and its people. There were performances, activities, food, music and camaraderie. The Lebanese community was well represented with a booth, musical performance and some traditional costumes.

The Lebanese Folk line dance Dabke was performed by the group Ajyal.

Ajyal performing dabke, a  Lebanese Folk line dance


See the Lebanese community at Cleveland's 216th Birthday Party


CAMEO Picnic

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) Picnic
July 1, 2012

Cleveland American Middle East Organization picnic


Minister Fady Abboud, Lebanese Minister of Tourism

Minister Fady Abboud, Lebanese Minister of Tourism
City Club of Cleveland
May 25, 2012

Minister Fady Abboud, the Lebanese Minister of Tourism, spoke at the City Club of Cleveland on Friday May 25, 2012. He answered question about Hezbollah, Syria, safety concerns, music and more.

A gift to the City Club of Cleveland from Minister Abboud and Lebanon

A gift to the City Club of Cleveland from Minister Abboud and Lebanon



Mary Rose Oakar in Cleveland International Hall of Fame



Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar speaking at Cleveland International Hall of Fame



Hon. Mary Rose Oakar was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Wednesday May 9, 2012. Rep. Oakar was introduced by Dr. Wael Khoury.

See photos and videos of her induction speech and more.


2011

Pierre Bejjani was the special honoree at the annual American Nationalities Movement event on December 17, 2011. Pierre was called "the exceptional and dedicated businessman, family man, active in our community, and President of Northeast Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) Pierre Bejjani." Congratulations Pierre.

Taras Szmalaga, Pierre Bejjani and Judge Rocky Perk

Taras Szmalaga, Pierre Bejjani and Judge Rocky Perk

See more from the 2011 American Nationalities Movement event


November 22, 2011 was declared Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland by Mayor Frank Jackson. The Lebanese flag flew over City Hall all day and a reception was held in the City Hall Rotunda.

Page 1 of Lebanon Day in Cleveland
Dignitaries and Program

Page 2 of Lebanon Day in Cleveland
Music, Dance and Entertainment

Nemer Soueidi with Lebanese flag

Nemer Soueidi at Lebanon Day at City Hall



The Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) hosted the 6th annual Lebanese American Heritage Ball at the Embassy Suites on Saturday October 22, 2011. The keynote address was given by Lebanese American General John P. Abizaid (Ret.)

NOLAA

NOLAA President Pierre Bejjani displays the special award
before presenting it to General Abizaid


2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 1
Welcome and Introductions

2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 2
General John P. Abizaid (Ret.)

2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 3
Music and Dancing with Tony Kiwan from Beirut

2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 4
People at the Lebanese American Heritage Ball


Dr. James J. Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute
Cleveland City Club January 14, 2011

Mary Rose Oakar and Dr. James J. Zogby

Mary Rose Oakar and Dr. James J. Zogby





Organizations and Resources for Lebanese in Cleveland

Aitaneet Brotherhood Association (ABA)
Our mission is to facilitate a dialogue among Aitaneet immigrants and descendents in order to preserve our cultural heritage and esteem. By being in fellowship with members of our community in Cleveland and all over the world, we can preserve the cultural integrity and traditions of our people.

Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA)
In an effort to strengthen the partnership among the Lebanese American community in Greater Cleveland, The Lebanese American Christian Society (LACS) was founded in 2005, under the banner of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA). Its members are working diligently to uphold many of the same values stated by The Lebanese American Society of Cleveland, founded in 1931 as a social and charitable organization.

Consulate General of Lebanon in Detroit
Our Consulate General has the primary role of representing our country Lebanon. It is our privilege to provide you with various consular services that are listed on our website. Whether you are a citizen of Lebanon residing in the United States or an American of Lebanese descent, your interests and concerns are of great importance to us.

Lebanese Syrian American Junior League
The mission of the Lebanese Syrian American Junior League is to encourage its members to participate in educational and charitable activities and to establish funds for the furtherance of charity and education.

St. Elias Melkite Catholic Church
8023 Memphis Ave. For over 100 years, St. Elias Melkite Catholic church has served as the home of Eastern "Melkite" Catholics in and around Cleveland, Ohio.



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United Nations headquarters in Beirut Lebanon

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Mountain scenery in Barouk

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Lebanese History and Culture


The First Lebanese flag hand drawn and signed by the deputies of the Lebanese parliament.

The First Lebanese flag hand drawn and signed by the deputies of the Lebanese parliament




Lebanon

Following the capture of Syria from the Ottoman Empire by Anglo-French forces in 1918, France received a mandate over this territory and separated out the region of Lebanon in 1920. France granted this area independence in 1943.

A lengthy civil war (1975-1990) devastated the country, but Lebanon has since made progress toward rebuilding its political institutions. Under the Ta'if Accord - the blueprint for national reconciliation - the Lebanese established a more equitable political system, particularly by giving Muslims a greater voice in the political process while institutionalizing sectarian divisions in the government.

Since the end of the war, Lebanon has conducted several successful elections. Most militias have been disbanded, with the exception of Hizballah, designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and Palestinian militant groups. During Lebanon's civil war, the Arab League legitimized in the Ta'if Accord Syria's troop deployment, numbering about 16,000 based mainly east of Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley.

Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000 and the passage in September 2004 of UNSCR 1559 - a resolution calling for Syria to withdraw from Lebanon and end its interference in Lebanese affairs - encouraged some Lebanese groups to demand that Syria withdraw its forces as well.

The assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others in February 2005 led to massive demonstrations in Beirut against the Syrian presence ("the Cedar Revolution"), and Syria withdrew the remainder of its military forces in April 2005. In May-June 2005, Lebanon held its first legislative elections since the end of the civil war free of foreign interference, handing a majority to the bloc led by Saad Hariri, the slain prime minister's son.

In July 2006, Hizballah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers leading to a 34-day conflict with Israel in which approximately 1,200 Lebanese civilians were killed. UNSCR 1701 ended the war in August 2006, and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) deployed throughout the country for the first time in decades, charged with securing Lebanon's borders against weapons smuggling and maintaining a weapons-free zone in south Lebanon with the help of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The LAF in May-September 2007 battled Sunni extremist group Fatah al-Islam in the Nahr al-Barid Palestinian refugee camp, winning a decisive victory, but destroying the camp and displacing 30,000 Palestinian residents. Lebanese politicians in November 2007 were unable to agree on a successor to Emile LAHUD when he stepped down as president, creating a political vacuum until the election of Army Commander Michel Sulayman in May 2008 and the formation of a new unity government in July 2008.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

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