Thank you Nur Saglam for the most delicious October Culinary Class!

This evening’s culinary class was taught by our friend Nur Sağlam whose menu was so delicious that we couldn’t have enough. Nur’s menu was composed of Turkish Eggplant Mousakka, Cucumber Yogurt Side, Turkish Rice Pilaf with Orzo and Pumpkin Dessert with Walnuts. We ended our evening with some beautiful baglama songs played by our friend Burak Keskin while we all enjoyed Turkish tea and coffee. We had international guests from Argentina, Belgium, Pakistan in addition to local Bay Area residents.

We thank all those who joined us on this fun occasion. If you missed out on this one, join us on our next gathering in November. You can get your tickets for our November Culinary Gathering Event HERE.

Sharing food connects us to each other. This is a cooking class followed by a communal meal. These events are held at the professional kitchens of the Bauman College in Berkeley,  and are led by cooking enthusiasts, who carefully craft a five course menu. The participants not only learn the menu by cooking it, they also get the opportunity to share this meal together.

  • Sign up for our November 3rd, 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Culinary Event HERE 

  • Sponsor a Culinary Gathering Event HERE

Below are some photos from our event today.



October Culinary Event is SOLD OUT!

Dear Friends,

Our October Culinary gathering is SOLD OUT! If you like to join us for the November event, you can get your tickets here.

Sharing food connects us to each other. This is a cooking class followed by a communal meal. These events are held at the professional kitchens of the Bauman College in Berkeley,  and are led by cooking enthusiasts, who carefully craft a five course menu. The participants not only learn the menu by cooking it, they also get the opportunity to share this meal together. See previous event photos in our blog HERE

  • October 6th, 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Culinary Event SOLD OUT.

  • Sign up for our November 3rd, 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Culinary Event HERE 

  • Sponsor a Culinary Gathering Event HERE



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WOW! We had a great turn out!!!

Our folk dance team has been invited to perform at TAAC Sacramento Chapter’s Gala this November. We are very excited to be the guest performers for this event for the second year.

This past Tuesday we had a great turn out. We practiced 3 dances, and had another great baglama break period by Burak, which was so much fun!!! Join us next Tuesday!

The language of music and dance is universal and engages us with each other in a meaningful way. We practice different region’s dances year round and perform at various events in the greater Bay Area. Classes are held on Tuesdays, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm, at Shawl Anderson Dance Studio in Rockridge. See previous event photos in our blog HERE 

  • Sign up for our Folk Dance Classes here HERE

  • Sponsor a Folk Dance Performance HERE

All of these activities are led by 100% volunteer efforts and are funded by the Berkeley Turkish School. If you would like to volunteer and lead a program that you are passionate about, please contact us.

Thank you for your continuous support and contributions to our programs that bring joy and meaning to our community. We hope to see you at our future events and dance rehearsals.

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A lovely surprise at our Folk Dance Rehearsal

Today at folk dance class we practiced Artvin and Ankara dances. We also had a lovely surprise from Burak, who brought his Bağlama to class, so we took a a lovely break listening to him play.

The language of music and dance is universal and engages us with each other in a meaningful way. We practice different region’s dances year round and perform at various events in the greater Bay Area. Classes are held on Tuesdays, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm, at Shawl Anderson Dance Studio in Rockridge. See previous event photos in our blog HERE 

  • Sign up for our Folk Dance Classes here HERE

  • Sponsor a Folk Dance Performance HERE

All of these activities are led by 100% volunteer efforts and are funded by the Berkeley Turkish School. If you would like to volunteer and lead a program that you are passionate about, please contact us.

Thank you for your continuous support and contributions to our programs that bring joy and meaning to our community. We hope to see you at our future events and dance rehearsals.


Message from our Board Members

Dear Friend,

This past Saturday Berkeley Turkish School by Bay Area Turkish Society hosted a Terrace Wine Party where we gathered and celebrated our community.

We provide educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs for exploring, performing, presenting, and sharing our heritage and traditions with the Bay Area community through arts, dance, music, and culinary programs.

Here are the details about the programs we are offering:

  • Culinary Gathering Events: Sharing food connects us to each other. This is a cooking class followed by a communal meal. These events are held at the professional kitchens of the Bauman College in Berkeley,  and are led by cooking enthusiasts, who carefully craft a five course menu. The participants not only learn the menu by cooking it, they also get the opportunity to share this meal together. See previous event photos in our blog HERE

  • Sign up for our October 6th, 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Culinary Event HERE 

  • Sign up for our November 3rd, 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Culinary Event HERE 

  • Sponsor a Culinary Gathering Event HERE

  • Folk Dance Classes: The language of music and dance is universal and engages us with each other in a meaningful way. We practice different region’s dances year round and perform at various events in the greater Bay Area. Classes are held on Tuesdays, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm, at Shawl Anderson Dance Studio in Rockridge. See previous event photos in our blog HERE 

  • Sign up for our Folk Dance Classes here HERE

  • Sponsor a Folk Dance Performance HERE

All of these activities are led by 100% volunteer efforts and are funded by the Berkeley Turkish School. If you would like to volunteer and lead a program that you are passionate about, please contact us.

Thank you for your continuous support and contributions to our programs that bring joy and meaning to our community. We hope to see you at our future events.

Fondly,

Başak Altan, President, Founder

Başak Çakıcı, Co-Founder, Vice President

Alpay Soyoğuz, Treasurer

Yeşim Erim, Board Member

Erol Çobanoğlu, Board Member

Berkeley Turkish School, by Bay Area Turkish Society

EIN#: 47-4053354  Your contribution is tax deductible.



Honoring our community

Bay Area Turkish Society hosted a beautiful terrace wine party in Kensington overlooking the majestic scenery of the Bay. We gathered to honor and celebrate our community on this wonderful sunny Saturday with lovely friends, delicious Turkish cuisine and amazing music. The Berkeley Turkish School Board Members unveiled the new vision and mission of our organization as well as its new ongoing successful programs.


As you may have been following, within the past year, we implemented an intentional shift of our mission and program from a children’s language school to a community service organization offering opportunities for connecting cultures and traditions while discovering shared values.  The newly developed mission of the Berkeley Turkish School by Bay Area Turkish Society is to sponsor a nonpartisan forum through which individuals and institutions of Turkish, Anatolian, and Levantine heritage can collectively share and support their common pursuits in the arts, sciences and humanities. We provide educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs for exploring, performing, presenting, and sharing this heritage and our traditions with the Bay Area community through arts, dance, music, and culinary programs.

Aligned with our new mission the evening’s program was composed of piano recital by Kuzey Sozat, dances performed by the BTS folk dance team, and beautiful songs performed by Qadim Ensemble whose repertoire celebrates middle East’s common musical as well as spiritual heritage and diversity.

We thank all those who joined us and all our volunteers for making this beautiful evening a memorable one. Cheers to joining hands together in supporting our programs for another inspiring year.

This event was generously sponsored by The Berkeley Turkish School.

Here are some images that capture the warmth of the day incase you couldn’t join us.

The Berkeley Turkish School has just earned a 2019 Silver Seal of Transparency

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The Berkeley Turkish School has just earned a 2019 Silver Seal by adding information to our nonprofit profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth financial information about our organization.

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Connecting and sharing our culture through Culinary Gatherings

At BTS, we believe cooking together is all about people connecting. Food is one of the universal things that brings everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people some place all get together to eat together.

Yesterday marked the beginning of our culinary gatherings by the Berkeley Turkish Society.  While we prepared our menu, we had the opportunity to meet with new friends, caught up with old ones, discovered and shared our cultural connections to Anatolia over inspiring stories of our childhood dishes.   We thank our teacher Işıl Arıcan for taking us on this delicious journey to Anatolia with her menu.

Those of you who attended our workshop, thank you for supporting our cross cultural initiatives at BTS!

This event was sold out. If you would like to reserve your seats, please check out our events page here and reserve your spot in advance.

We can not wait to do this again!

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“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody. “ -Anthony Bourdain, 1956- 2018

The first of our culinary series is taking place this Sunday and we can hardly wait!

Today we received our keys to Bauman College professional kitchen.

For 30 years, Bauman College has led the way in educating future leaders, thinkers, and creators in the holistic nutrition and culinary arts professions. As BTS we are very excited to be a part of this meaningful community.

If you haven’t booked your seat, join us by booking your seats here.

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DUNYA ATABARI OYNUYOR !

On this rainy May morning, the Berkeley Turkish School Folk dance team joined 100 cities, in 19 countries dancing to Atabari under the beautiful canopy of redwood trees to commemorate Ataturk’s legacy, Youth and sports day. Cheers from all of us!

Dünya ATABARI oynuyor etkinliğine, Berkeley Turkish School Folklor ekibi olarak 100 ekip, 19 şehirin arasına katıldık. Gençlik ve spor bayramınız kutlu olsun! Kalpleriniz hep genc, düşünceleriniz hür kalsın! Sevgilerimizle.

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BTS Folk Dance team performing at Google/ AFS International Student Fair

Our BTS Folk Dance team was invited for a second year to perform at Google in San Francisco for the AFS International Student Fair. Music and dance changes everything. At BTS Folk Dance Team we share our culture with others through dance. Thank you R. Berna Atik Watson for inviting our team again! We had so much fun!

If you like to join our Folk Dance Practices, we practice every week on Tuesday evenings at 7:15PM at the Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley. You can register online at our site.

http://www.berkeleyturkishschool.org/folk-dance-classes-fo…/