ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
ONE ON ONE
When Shamasha (Sub-Deacon) Khairy Foumia was a young boy, he and his friends and relatives used to keep kelacha (cookies) in their pockets on Easter Sunday morning so that as soon as Easter Mass finished and they ran outside, they would grab the cookies and eat them. “We couldn’t wait to eat the kelacha,” he said.
“I have gotten the chance to really make changes in lives and I have never done anything where I feel like I am really doing something,” said Daniella Benitez, 14. “Getting to make long lasting relationships and see lives change are things I will always hold on to.”
First came medical marijuana licenses, and people were quickly desensitized to the idea of marijuana and the stigma that it once had. In a Mom to Mom show hosted by Lisa Denha brought by the Eastern Catholic Re-evangelization Center (ECRC) and shown live on the Chaldean Moms of Metro Detroit Facebook page, two experts share their thoughts on the legalization of recreational marijuana, and what it really means.
There is no shortage of creative spirit within the community. This is the case for Berta Rihan who began making custom rosaries when she was 16 years old. Started as a hobby, her passion grew into a way for her to help her church’s youth group.
Here is a question for men in the community: Are you your brother’s keeper? If you ask those who started and participate in a men’s group, they would answer with resounding, “yes, I am.”
It was the question Jeff Kassab asked of himself when he and friend Bashar Kirma were chatting about men in the Chaldean community. “We struck up a conversation about men who seem so lost and need guidance,” said Jeff. “We started talking about prayer and what it means to be a man of faith. From that conversation, we decided to start a men’s group and we called it Genesis 4:9 because we truly believe we are our brother’s keeper.”
Every Christmas the iconic image of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – are seen across the world. However, in some branches of Catholicism including some Orthodox and Eastern Rites there is much more to this non-traditional family. In those faiths, Christ might have had stepsiblings.
ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
CASA at the University of Michigan hosted their annual fundraiser Live From Babylon on Friday, March 22. Each year U of M’s CASA selects a Chaldean charity to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to. This year the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) was chosen as the beneficiary. The event took place at the Chaldean owned venue in downtown Ann Arbor, Club Above where there was plenty of music and dancing provided by DJ Vin Amori. This year, U of M CASA raised another $13,000 to donate to CCF and had record-breaking attendance. The event would not have been possible without the generous donation of the venue by Joe Kouza, the DJ services by Vin Amori, and CASA’s executive board who put in countless hours of gathering sponsorships and ensuring the event was flawless.
Ahead of their upcoming mission trip to Iraq, the Shlama Foundation hosted A Night in Nineveh on Friday, March 1. Hosted at Sahara in Sterling Heights, the Shlama Foundation took guests on a journey through history as the evening featured dancing, food, cultural experiences, and traditional fashion. Entertainment was provided by Ashur Oshana and the Brothers Band. A Night in Nineveh will benefit the organization’s various projects throughout the homeland.