Jesus and his stepsiblings

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.

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Hey U Vote!

Located in Sterling Heights, the Chaldean Community Foun­dation – the nonprofit arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce – has a four pillar mis­sion: advocacy, acculturation, com­munity development, and cultural preservation. According to their website, they are a human and social services organization providing assis­tance. They were founded in 2006, and host a wide-range of program­ming and solutions for the Chaldean community and beyond.

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Developer, restauranteur Zaid Elia earns chamber honor

The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce will recognize real estate devel­oper and restauranteur Zaid Elia as much for his knack for innovation as for his business expertise at the Chal­dean American Chamber of Com­merce’s Awards Gala May 3, in West Bloomfield. The chamber will pres­ent Elia, 40, with the Businessperson of the Year Award at the Chamber’s 16th Annual Awards Gala.

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Humanity after loss

Inspired by their strength and efforts to give back and help the community, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has chosen to recognize John and Ann Mansour as the Hu­manitarians of the Year at this year’s Chamber Awards Gala for their work within the community. The 16th Annual Chamber Awards Gala will be hosted at the Shenandoah Country Club on Fri­day, May 3.

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A tribute to the West Bloomfield supervisor

A tribute is intended to show gratitude. And that’s ex­actly what the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce is doing for West Bloomfield Town­ship Supervisor Steven Kaplan this year.

It will take place at the cham­ber’s 16th Annual Awards Gala on May 3 at the Shenandoah Country Club. Kaplan will be honored with a special tribute for the devotion he has shown to the Chaldean commu­nity for which he serves.

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Wedding trends for 2019

Wedding rituals have been around since the begin­ning of time. But, wed­ding trends come and go.

New, eye-popping trends inspired by social media, Hollywood and the Middle East are emerging for 2019 and the Chaldean community is em­bracing them, customizing them and taking them to exciting new levels.

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How to wow your guests

After the question has been popped and the date has been set, a pivotal wedding plan­ning question inevitably rears its head to a couple – should we have a big wedding or a small wedding? There are benefits to both, no doubt, as well as drawbacks. To help an engaged couple with the decision, Lawrence Yaldo and Andrew Kaina from Top that Table in West Bloomfield and June Abro from A June Event also in West Bloomfield lay out the pros and cons to each.

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Reclaim the crown

Every bride wants to look beau­tiful on her wedding day, and every bridesmaid hopes to wear a dress that is both fashionable and flattering. Beauty, after all, is one of God’s attributes, and women in a spe­cial way bear witness to the power of beauty to attract our attention. How­ever, part of the allure of beauty lies not only in what it reveals, but also in what it conceals, and this is where the meaning of modesty comes in.

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Gifts or cash?

More and more couples are moving away from traditional wedding registries and are instead choosing to ask their guests for monetary gifts. We wanted to know where members of the community stood in this debate.