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2016

Turkish Cultural Garden Dedication

The Republic of Turkey was founded on October 29, 1923 - 93 years ago. So it was a perfect day for the Cleveland Turkish community to dedicate the new Turkish Cultural Garden.

Turkish Cultural Garden group

Dedicating the new Turkish Cultural Garden



Photos and videos of the Turkish Cultural Garden dedication


Turkish Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

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

Turkey in Parade of Flags

Turkish Garden in Parade of Flags

Turkey in Parade of Flags

Turkey in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Turkish community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Tproposed site of the Turkish Cultural Garden and shared Turkish culture.

Turkish Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

Turkish Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

Turkish Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day


More from 2016 One World Day in Cleveland Cultural Gardens

2015

Turkish Wedding

The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO) hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland to meet and share cultures. The topic of the March 29 event was Turkish wedding customs.

Seyma Gurer explained some Turkish wedding customs such as the Henna Night for the future bride.



More Turkish Wedding Customs


Turkish Food

The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO) hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland to meet and share cultures. The topic of the February 28 event was Turkish food.

Seyma Gurer explained that Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine which can be described as a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines.

She spoke about Turkish entrees, appetizers, soup, desserts and beverages.

Seyma Gurer and infant son

Seyma Gurer and baby

More about Turkish Food from the TASO event


Turkish Dining Etiquette

The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO) hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland to meet and share cultures. The topic of the February 28 event was Turkish food.

Seyma Gurer said that when dining in Turkey a small prayer (Bismillahirrahmanirrahim) is said before starting to eat and elder members start first. You should not leave any food on your plate and should use your right hand to eat. At the end of the meal people say Elhamdulillah, a short prayer of thanks.

When one serves the food they say Afiyet Olsun which is like bon appetite or enjoy your meal.




2014

Turkish Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Cleveland Turkish 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 Turkish costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashion of Turkey

Fashion of Turkey


Ayla Gencer also modeled a typical American outfit.

Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


91st anniversary of the Republic of Turkey
October 25, 2014

TASNO (Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio) celebrated the 91st anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. It would be hard for anyone to think of this momentous day with thinking of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the celebration took place in front of a huge banner of the first President of the Republic of Turkey.

TASNO president  Zeynep Ergungor

TASNO president Zeynep Ergungor


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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 Turkish American Society of Ohio and Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio.

Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio

Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio (TASNO) mission is to create a community for Turkish-Americans and their families living in Northeastern Ohio and to promote and assist in understanding of Turkish heritage, culture and traditions by organizing and conducting educational, cultural, social and charitable events and other activities, as permitted by the laws for nonprofit organizations/corporations.

Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio



Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio



Turkish American Society of Ohio

The Turkish American Society of Ohio Cleveland (TASO-Cleveland) is dedicated to addressing the social and cultural needs of the Turkish American community living in the greater Cleveland area. http://www.tasocleveland.org.

Turkish American Society of Ohio



Turkish American Society of Ohio


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


Tragic mine collapse in western Turkey

The Turkish American Alliance is deeply distraught by the tragic mine collapse in western Turkey, which took place in the town of Soma, in the Manisa Province, on May 13, 2014. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of all of the miners who are still missing, and we continue to pray for the many injured, some critically.

We hope for their full and speedy recovery. Finally, we applaud the efforts of the rescue operation and workers for all of their dedication in searching for the missing miners, as well as for already rescuing hundreds of miners.

Together, we stand with Turkey during its three days of mourning. We also hope for a full and impartial investigation into the causes of, and the responsibility for, the collapse.


TASNO Turkish Music Choir

The TASNO (Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio) Turkish Music Choir performed at a Global Cleveland event in the Cleveland Convention Center. Here are some highlights.




2013

Turkish American Society performance

Young people from the Turkish American Society performed a traditional Turkish dance at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland Ohio. WIN board member Nada Martinovic introduced the group.

Turkish American Society dancers



Turkish American Society dancers

Turkish American Society dancers and Mayor Frank Jackson

Turkish American Society dancers and Mayor Frank Jackson


See other performances and more from the WIN celebration


Shukr – Giving thanks

Murat Gurer, Executive Director of Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO), told how Muslims celebrate giving thanks. The Arabic term is Shukr and it is mentioned several times in the Koran. TASO hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland Ohio to meet and share cultures.




Turkish Cultural Garden

The Turkish community will soon have a garden on the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Representatives marched in the Parade of Flags at the annual One World Day on August 25, 2013.

Turkish flag and marchers in Cleveland One World Day Parade



Niagara Foundation welcoming event

Aimee Shaw, Gia Hoa Ryan, Murat Gurer, Joe Meissner, Asim Datta and Laura Fruscella

Aimee Shaw, Gia Hoa Ryan, Murat Gurer,
Joe Meissner, Asim Datta and Laura Fruscella



2012

Murat Gurer, Executive Director of Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO), introduced a Turkish Folk Dance at the 3rd annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the City Hall Rotunda on December 12, 2012.

Murat Gurer

Murat Gurer


Turkish Folk Dance at WIN-NEO event at City Hall


Turkish Community at Opening of Ames Family Atrium
Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Cleveland Turkish community was represented at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Turkish table

Turkish table


Back to Ames Family Atrium Opening at Cleveland Museum of Art


2011

Preview of the Turkish Cultural Garden - December 13, 2011

Cleveland Turkish Cultural Garden plans

Cleveland Turkish Cultural Garden plans

CCWA's Rich Crepage and Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio's Suat Aricanli

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Rich Crepage and Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio's Suat Aricanli at Cleveland Cultural Garden meeting


Cleveland Turkish Cultural Garden plans

Cleveland Turkish Cultural Garden plans



Engin Ates, Vice-President of TASNO (Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio) demonstrates the Cura, a small version of the Turkish Baglama, the most common string folk instrument in Turkey at the TASNO picnic June 13, 2010.




2009

Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio (TASNO) President  Derya Ferendeci and Mehmet Gencer  help celebrate The Republic of Turkey's 86 Years of Independence

Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio (TASNO)
President Derya Ferendeci and Mehmet Gencer help celebrate The Republic of Turkey's 86 Years of Independence


See more from the 2009 Cleveland celebration of Turkey's independence




Turkish National Anthem
Organizations and Resources for Turks in Cleveland



Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio (TASNO)
TASNO's main purpose is:

a. To create a community for Turkish-Americans and their families living in Northeastern Ohio.

b. To promote and assist in understanding of Turkish heritage, culture and traditions by organizing and conducting educational, cultural, social and charitable events and other activities, as permitted by the laws for nonprofit organizations/corporations.

c. To act as a liaison between the Turkish-American community and other organizations, offices or communities in accordance with the above-mentioned purposes.

d. To organize and operate for charitable, cultural, educational and scientific purposes as a nonprofit organization under the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

e. To raise funds for nonprofit activities or entities, consistent with the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

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Business, Education and Employment Information

Dolmabahçe Palace

One of the entrance gates to Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul Turkey


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Ottoman Empire Map

The Ottoman Empire at the height of its power (ca. 1680)



Turkish History and Culture


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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) is one of the most famous architectural legacies of the Ottoman Empire

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) is one of the most famous architectural legacies of the Ottoman Empire




Turkey

Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa Kemal, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms.

After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians.

In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes.

A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the People's Congress of Kurdistan or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives.

After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2004, KGK announced an end to its ceasefire and attacks attributed to the KGK increased. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO.

In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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Profiles of Turks in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk,
founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey



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