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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps

2016

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


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

Traditional Saudi and Kuwaiti Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Mr. Fahad (Abou Mohamed) is representing Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in his traditional Thobe, a loose, long-sleeved, ankle-length garment, typical for these two countries. He is wearing a cape, made out of camel wool to signify the importance of the occasion. The agal (a black cord, worn doubled, used to keep the ghutrah-a square scarf, made of cotton or silk, in place on the wearer's head) completes Mr. Fahad's outfit.

Fashion of Saudia Arabia and Kuwait

Fashion of Saudia Arabia and Kuwait

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


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


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.


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


2014

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


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 Salaam Cleveland

Salaam Cleveland is a woman's organization established in 2002 with the mission of promoting interfaith harmony through small acts of Charity. We have currently grown to over 50 volunteers who are optimistic and dedicated women of American, Canadian, Indian, Iranian, Pakistani and Syrian Descent. Salaam Cleveland takes its name from the Arabic word for peace (Salaam) and encourages harmony between different faiths and ethnicities. We believe simple acts of kindness can make people more loving, compassionate and tolerant.

Salaam Cleveland



Salaam Cleveland


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


Musical Journey along the Silk Road - Musicians at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Ali Amr was born in Morocco and now lives in Palestine. Ali Amr debuted as a qanun prodigy at 12 years of age and has earned overwhelming international recognition for over a decade. Amr's compositions span a variety of genres including classical music, flamenco, jazz and electronica. A Qanun is an Arabic zither instrument with 76 strings. He joked that he spends half his life tuning it.

He explained the different parts of the qanun and told about the instrument and Arabic music.




Tareq Rantisi is a percussionist who was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. This self-taught artist began his percussion career at 12 years of age. Rantisi received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend the prestigious Berkley College of Music in 2008. Graduating with honors in Percussion Performance, Rantisi performs with many modern musicians, composers and ensembles.

He explained the Arabic tambourine, a classical Arabic instrument with a high pitch and 4 different sounds. It is "a frame drum that jingles - the original snare drum."




More from the Museum performance


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

Culture Shock 2013 at Tri-C West
April 18,2013

The Middle East was represented at the annual Culture Shock event in Parma.


Iraqui artist Ahmed Gareeb behind one of his pieces

Iraqui artist Ahmed Gareeb behind one of his pieces


Syrian girl wins essay contest

The Essay Competition winner was a Syrian 8th grade student


Display of Iranian culture

Display of Iranian culture



Saudi Students

Saudi Students



The offices of immigration attorneys Margaret W. Wong & Associates has a new location in Parma, Ohio. Malak Jadallah is Director of Community and International Affairs for Ms. Wong and will run the Parma office. Malak is Palestinian-American and very familiar with the Middle Eastern community in Cleveland and formerly worked for Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Malak Jadallah with honors

Malak Jadallah


See more from the grand opening


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

Wind and Sand Middle Eastern Dancers
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
September 2, 2012

The Wind and Sand Middle Eastern Dancers under the direction of Cassandra Al Warda performed at the ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion at Ohio's Celtic and International Festival.

Wind and Sand Middle Eastern Belly Dancers

Wind and Sand Middle Eastern Dancers



2011



An immigrant from Jordan offered a greeting in Arabic at the 2nd annual WIN Cleveland Holiday Party celebrating Cleveland's Diversity.


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



Arab Student Union display at Cleveland State University

Arab Student Union display at Cleveland State University

Saudi Arabian student at CSU

Saudi Arabian student at CSU

Cleveland Browns Dick Ambrose with Iranian-American Olympic champion wrestler Siamak 'Matt' Ghaffari

Cleveland Browns Dick Ambrose with Iranian-American Olympic champion wrestler Siamak 'Matt' Ghaffari
at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards
Ghaffari was a two-time Olympic team member obtaining a silver medal in 1996. He holds four World and Olympic Medals



Middle Eastern pastries described at Middle East Festival in Cleveland






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Middle East History and Culture


Middle East

Middle East


According to Wikipedia, the traditional definition of the Middle East includes
  • Bahrain
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Gaza Strip (not fully sovereign)
  • West Bank (not fully sovereign)
  • Quatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen
The Greater Middle East includes:
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Algeria
  • Mauritania
  • Western Sahara
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Sudan
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Somalia
  • Comoros

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