Posted in Women Division.

In the Women's Division of the Istanbul Cultural Center of Orlando ladies of all faiths and cultures are invited to come together for education and dialogue. The center is one that understands and enjoys diversity.

At the heart of Turkish hospitality is the desire to grow beyond the mere tolerance of one another — we aim to come to a mutual respect and friendship. Share our food, meet our families and make lifelong friends.

Turkish cuisine, which has been influenced by the flavors of every region of the Ottoman Empire, is a fusion of central Asian, Mideast and European tastes. A key aspect of Turkish cooking is the use of inexpensive, fresh ingredients combined in surprising, delicious ways.

Once a month from 11:00 am-2:00 pm on a Saturday, all ladies are invited to learn to prepare a dish (or two!). Some meals prepared have been poğaça, handmade rolls with cheese or potatoes inside; börek, layered pastry with cheese, potatoes or meat; and karnıyarık, baked eggplants stuffed with meat, tomato and onion. After preparing the food, lunch is served with Turkish tea (çay) and side dishes. Afiyet olsun!

7 p.m. Saturday, once monthly
As the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey has long been in the unique position of bridging the gap between East and West. With Coffee Nights, guests learn about the history and culture of Turkey during a Power Point presentation, followed by refreshments and an informal dialogue. In March, guests learned about Turkish coffee, prepared by boiling very finely powdered roast beans in a small pot. In April, guests enjoyed mantı, a delectable hand-made stuffed ravioli dish that is covered with yogurt and spices. In May, guests will discover Istanbul, the fourth-largest city in the world, and a colorful kaleidoscope of European and Asian food, music and history.

Due to the Islamic discouragement of religious iconography, the Turkish people have found remarkable, vibrant ways to artistically express the beauty of God's creation. Ebru, the art of paper marbling, and the art of Turkish calligraphy are among the many workshops that have taken place at the Nile Foundation. Many other subjects are planned, and all include the joyful opportunity for guests to learn something memorable.

In Turkish culture, charity is considered a "right" of the poor over the rich, even a tax of the wealthy that is owed to the needy. Charity is a purification of one's material possessions that prevents one from becoming greedy. To this end, the Nile Foundation gratefully accepts and collects donations of canned goods, meat and clothes to Goodwill, local food banks and other organizations at all times. Please help us help others.

Each year Nile Foundation Women’s Division visits elderly homes and hands out roses. The residents are delighted to live warmed atmosphere and elegant roses as a Mother’s Day gift. Everybody enjoys getting to know each other in an atmosphere of sympathy.

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