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Cleveland's Syrian community was well-represented at the 75th One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 29, 2021. They marched in the Parade of Flags and hosted visitors and performances in their beautiful Syrian Cultural Garden. And, of course, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) President Dr. Wael Khoury is Syrian and he led the Parade of Flags and spoke at the main program in the new Centennial Plaza.
Syrian Cultural Garden in the Parade of Flags
CCGF President Dr. Wael Khoury led the Parade of Flags
During the month of April, Arab America formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and Arab Americans will engage in special events that celebrate the community's rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.
Arab Americans have roots in 22 countries located in the Middle East and North African regions: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. And within all those countries, there are various languages, religions, traditions that are now part of our American story. There are nearly 3.5 million Arab Americans in the United States, according to the Arab American Institute. Establishing Arab American Heritage Month was critical in combatting post-9/11 anti-Arab sentiments, and while Arab Americans still face prejudice regularly, acknowledging their fight for recognition and equality - and becoming better allies - is something we can all contribute toward.
CAMEO president Pierre Bejjani receiving Arab American Heritage Month Proclamation
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day. There was a lot of activity in the beautiful and historic Syrian Cultural Garden.
Syrian Cultural Garden on One World Day
The Syrian Cultural Garden was the host garden for the One World Day Music Studio international talent competition.
Dr. Nizar Zein honored by Cleveland American Middle East Organization
Dr. Nizar Zein was honored with the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) community service award. He was introduced by his Cleveland Clinic colleague and fellow Syrian American Dr. Wael Khoury.
The Cleveland Syrian community took part in the 73rd annual One World Day. In fact, the Syrian Cultural Garden was the host garden for the Naturalization Ceremony and the rest of the official programs.
Members of the community also marched in the annual Parade of Flags and later there was music, dancing, entertainment, food and fun as members of the Syrian community shared their culture with thousands of visitors on One World Day.
Kids in the Syrian Garden on One World Day
One World Day ceremony in the Syrian Garden
Syrian Garden in the Parade of Flags
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 48th anniversary
The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 48th anniversary at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.
CAMEO honored Dr. Mansoor Ahmed, Mr. Ali Faraj and Kan Zaman Middle Eastern Restaurant at the event.
Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO)
board members Faris Alameh, Pierre Bejjani, Sam Tanious, Tony Abdulkarim and Abby Mina with honorees Dr. Mansoor Ahmed and Mr. Ali Faraj
The Cleveland Foundation coordinated Common Ground on Sunday, July 30, 2017. That day, our community came together during mealtime conversations- breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between. It was a region-wide initiative to explore our community's power to communicate and connect in order to build a stronger, safer and more dynamic home.
ClevelandPeople.com attended the event in the Syrian Cultural Garden hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) which had an international focus.
Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury with Hall of Fame award
Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury with Sawssan Khoury
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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
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.
Omar Salka demonstrates the oud, (Middle Eastern Lute)
Omar Salka explained the oud, (a Middle Eastern Lute), at the dedication of a statue of the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani in the Syrian Cultural Garden in Cleveland. The oud has 11 strings.
Syrian Cultural Garden Virtual Tour
Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com walks through the Syrian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. The monuments describe why Syria is called the Cradle of Civilization. The Syria Garden is one of over 25 gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation.
Dr. Naser Danan was born in Syria. He spoke about freedom at the 2014 11th annual Global Leadership Seder hosted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Cleveland Chapter at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, Ohio.
He said, "We are hardwired to seek a dignified life free of coercion."
Cuyahoga Community College West and the Parma City School District presented the annual Culture Shock on April 18, 2013.
The Essay Contest was won by an 8th grade student for her story of moving from Syria.
The 64th One World Day Parade of Flags began in the Syrian Cultural Garden. Marchers posed for photos in their ethnic costumes and flags and then an impromptu dance broke out to some lively Syrian music.
The Syrian Arab Republic is an Arabian country in Southwest Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Israel to the southwest, Jordan to the south, Iraq to the east, and Turkey to the north.
Its capital city, Damascus, was the seat of the Umayyad Empire and a provincial capital of the Mamluk Empire. Damascus is widely regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
Three Syrian men, 1873
Following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, France administered Syria until its independence in 1946. The country lacked political stability, however, and experienced a series of military coups during its first decades.
Syria united with Egypt in February 1958 to form the United Arab Republic. In September 1961, the two entities separated, and the Syrian Arab Republic was reestablished. In November 1970, Hafiz al-Asad, a member of the Socialist Ba'th Party and the minority Alawite sect, seized power in a bloodless coup and brought political stability to the country.
In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. During the 1990s, Syria and Israel held occasional peace talks over its return. Following the death of President al-Asad, his son, Bashar al-Asad, was approved as president by popular referendum in July 2000.
Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in an ostensible peacekeeping role - were withdrawn in April 2005. During the July-August 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizballah, Syria placed its military forces on alert but did not intervene directly on behalf of its ally Hizballah.
Profiles of Syrians in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
Hafez al-Assad, former president of Syria.
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ClevelandPeople.Com - Syrian Ambassadors
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The National Bloc signing the Franco-Syrian Treaty of Independence in Paris in 1936. From left to right: Saadallah al-Jabiri, Jamil Mardam Bey, Hashim al-Atassi (signing), and French Prime Minister Léon Blum