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ATFA Hosted LIYLS Students

  ATFA hosted Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit students of Park View High School. Students from Costa Rica, Germany and Turkey met with their Turkish-American peers over dinner. Students were informed about ATFA programs & activities and experienced Turkish hospitality. [gallery ids="4150,4151,4152,4153,4154,4155,4156,4157"]

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2014 Turkish American Legislative Reception

MAFTAA & ATFA successfully organized the 5th Annual Turkish American Legislative Reception. This year's new venue gave ATFA more room to host more dignitaries and display more attractions that resemble the Turkish culture, cuisine, arts, history and music. Nearly 100 guests participated in this year's reception.   [gallery ids="4035,4022,4023,4024,4025,4026,4027,4028,4029,4030,4031,4032,4033,4034,4036,4037,4038,4039,4040"]

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NVRC Resolution of Thanks for ATFA

Northern Virginia Regional Commission recognized ATFA and assisting partners for the successful Blanket Drive Campaign to Syrian Refugees in Turkey.    READ MORE> STUDY TRIP TO TURKEY INITIATES A BLANKET DRIVE BLANKETS ARE DELIVERED & DISTRIBUTED TO REFUGEES   [gallery ids="3791,3797,3901,3894,3895,3899,3953,3896,3952,4001,4000,3998"]

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Social Justice in Abrahamic Traditions

A panel consisting of Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, The Rev. Dr. Carol Flett and Aisha Rahman esq. discussed social justice in theology and practice on Tuesday February 25, 2014 at the American Turkish Friendship Association. The panel was moderated by Jena Luedtke.   Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington’s Director of Social Justice and Interfaith Initiatives, is a Conservative rabbi, ordained at the

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Blanket Drive for Syrian Refugees

American Turkish Friendship Association, along with Hizmet Relief, Mid Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations, Pinnacle Academy, Counties of Loudoun and Fairfax, Town of Purcellville and Northern Virginia Regional Commission, organized a blanket drive for Syrian Refugees in Turkey. With the immense efforts by Chairman Scott York, Chairman Sharon Bulova, Mark Gibb of Northern Virginia Regional Commission and many others, we managed to

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5th Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner

American Turkish Friendship Organization, along with Rumi Forum, organized the 5th Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinners. The series have been aimed at bringing together diverse community members under one roof, discussing the importance of dialog, peaceful coexistence and friendship. This year, over 100 guests attended the dinner at Tysons Corner Marriott Hotel. First, guests enjoyed the exhibition of artworks that entered the competition among Northern

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Latest Study Trip to Turkey & Blanket Drive & Sister City Initiative

ATFA has just organized a successful study trip to Turkey with local legislatures for ten days. The trip included visits to historic sites, cultural family dinners, as well as official meetings with Turkish counterparts. The meetings consisted of Governors, Mayors, Business Chambers and local entrepreneurs to discuss bilateral common actions. The study trip participants along with MAFTAA Executive Director Mahmut Yeter, paid a visit to the Syrian

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Abrahamic Discussion Series – “Just War”

The First Abrahamic Discussion Series was hosted at ATFA in collaboration with sister organization Rumi Forum. The topic of the discussion "Concept of a Just War according to the teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam" gathered many interested from the community. Representatives from each faith explained their religions' perception of the Just War . The Program started with light Turkish refreshments at the beginning, later the panel began

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Youth Intercultural Study Program

15 students from Fairfax County went to Turkish Turgut Ozal University for a 3 week study. These students are enrolled full-time in Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University. This program, Youth Intercultural Study Program, was a part of broader sister city agreement between Kecioren Municipality in Ankara and Fairfax County Government, and took place as a result of collaboration of two municipal governments, ATFA, MAFTAA (Mid-Atlantic

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