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The Syrian Cultural Garden was dedicated on May 29, 2011.

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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


Syrian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Syrian Cultural Garden

Syrian Cultural Garden


More from 2016 One World Day in Cleveland Cultural Gardens


2015

Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani bust dedicated in Syrian Cultural Garden

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

Bust of Nizar Qabbani in Syrian Cultural Garden

Bust of Nizar Qabbani in Syrian Cultural Garden


Dignitaries spoke and Qabbani's son Omar told of his father's life and works.

Poem recitations were done in both English and Arabic and the program ended with children wearing jasmine crowns singing.

See 4 pages of photos and videos of the Nizar Qabbani bust event in the Syrian Cultural Garden


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.




2014

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."




2013

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.



Syrian student winning essay


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2012

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

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.

One World Day marchers in Syrian Garden

One World Day marchers in Syrian Garden


Photos and Video from the Syrian Garden on One World Day 2011.


Syrian Cultural Garden Board and Auxillary Committee

Syrian Cultural Garden Board and Auxiliary Committee


Photos and video from the Syrian Cultural Garden ceremony

Unveiling by Adnan Mourany, Wael Khoury, Jamil Dayeh, Dennis Kucinich and Frank Jackson

Unveiling by Adnan Mourany, Wael Khoury, Jamil Dayeh, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Mayor Frank Jackson



Faces in the crowd at the Syrian Cultural Garden ceremony

Syrian Cultural Garden

Design on Stairs in the Syrian Cultural Garden

Design on Stairs in the Syrian Cultural Garden



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Organizations and Resources for Syrians in Cleveland



Syrian American Cultural Council

Syrian Cultural Garden

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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Business, Education and Employment Information



Syrian Coat of Arms

Syrian Coat of Arms



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Cleveland Syrian Feedback and Memories

Walls of The ancient city of Damascus

Walls of Damascus




Syrian History and Culture

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

Three Syrian men, 1873




Syria

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.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of Syria


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Fattoush, an example of Syrian cuisine

Fattoush, an example of Syrian cuisine


Profiles of Syrians in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Hafez al-Assad, former president of Syria

Hafez al-Assad, former president of Syria.




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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

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





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