The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF), the nonprofit arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, has been hyper focused on providing a plethora of resources to the community for the last several years.Read More
The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) hosted a citizenship summit in Sterling Heights on Thursday, May 23. As the path to citizenship can sometimes be a confusing one, the CCF hosted this event and invited community leaders in an effort to share knowledge and provide some clarity and guidance regarding the process.Read More
From a young age, Sara Murphy knew that she wanted to be independent. “I wanted to go to college, and I was determined to find a way to pay for it,” said Murphy. Murphy enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2009, and served until 2013, earning the rank and title of Sergeant. She ultimately went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Baker College in Auburn Hills. She graduated in June of 2016.Read More
Although the stormy day put a damper on the official Open House at Our Lady of the Fields Camp in Brighton last month, they entered the camp season ready for all kinds of guests. “We hope to host another open house so the community can get a clear view of what we truly have to offer,” said Mike Hickey, executive director. “Despite the rainy spring season, we have been hosting several groups and families are signing up for a variety of camps.”Read More
The Mackinac Policy Conference is the premier networking event of Michigan. It is not only a place for newbie networkers to get their feet wet but it is the platform for veteran connectors to collaborate and communicate.Read More
Mom to Mom, a well-known talk show on the Chaldean Moms of Metro Detroit Facebook page, recently premiered an episode discussing one of today’s most controversial topics: abortion. Host Lisa Denha sat down with Adora Ibrahim, Josephine Attisha, and Christina Marchetti, three Chaldean women who play prominent roles throughout the pro-life movement, to discuss how abortion has affected them.Read More
Little did I know that a simple text I received in January 2019, would change my life. I was asked to join a small group of people traveling to Iraq during Easter. In my mind the answer was yes, but I wanted to run it by my parents first. I was nervous telling them for fear they would be completely against the idea. My nervousness was for nothing; they wanted me to go to Iraq, to be the first of their six children to see where they grew up, where it all began.Read More
Most 16-year-old boys are focused on girls, homework, getting a driver’s license and goofing off with friends. Detroit Country Day sophomore, Michael Jonna is no different. Except, he is also focused on revolutionizing the online tutoring world.
Ruru is a name for the Tasmanian spotted owl. It’s also the name of a creative, new tutoring app created by the budding entrepreneur.Read More
The idea of a traveling musician conjures images of gaily-clad troubadours or fedora-wearing itinerant bluesmen, not 16-year-old piano prodigies. Enter Michael Najor, a sophomore at Bloomfield Hills High School.
Michael, who trains at Axis Music Academy in Birmingham, in April played a surprise birthday mini-concert at a local nursing home for 95-year-old WWII veteran Hal, a celebration arranged by his daughter Teresa Price. Hal’s “concert” featured such tunes as “Moonlight Sonata in D-Minor” and “Gymnopedie in D-Minor.”Read More
Maryam Ramzi recently turned 14. She’s nearing the end of her seventh grade school year, is the eldest of three siblings, adores her two younger brothers, and loves reading mystery books. She’s invested in her hobbies and is excited about meeting and making new friends. From the looks of it, it seems as though Ramzi is an ordinary teenager. She is an ordinary teenager with an extraordinary story, and extraordinary abilities.Read More
As soon as she was elected the 49th Governor of the State of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer hit the ground running as she transitioned her campaign stump speech to her first year in office tour to “Fix the Damn Roads.”
Along the way, she made a stop at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield to address the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.Read More
Written by first generation Assyrian-American sisters Josephine Attisha and Mary Zomayah, “Before There Were Borders” is a “coming of age” story about Sara Georges, a young Assyrian-American woman who shares her story of growing up in Iraq with her American-born granddaughter. Sara tells her granddaughter about how she dealt with Iraq’s culture, patriarchy, and limitations. Unaware of the harsh truths of her grandmother’s homeland, Sara’s stories are eye-opening for her granddaughter.Read More
Local orthodontist Dr. Brandon Shoukri is considered a real go-getter! But, he’s also a self-proclaimed “go- giver”. These two valuable traits, he says, he learned from growing up in a Chaldean home.
Dr. Shoukri is a Board-Certified Orthodontist who graduated first in his class with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is active in the American Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Michigan Dental Association.Read More
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there are approximately 13,000 children in foster care in the state of Michigan. “We have 612 children in foster care in Macomb County currently,” said Kim Borja.Read More
“Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram / The marigold, that goes to bed wi' the sun.” Shakespeare’s description of summer triggers my sensory memory: fragrant, oil filled leaves cooking in the hot sun, the kids sampling lemon balm and mint in one green-mouth-filled, smiling bite, proud that they know how to identify one leaf from another in the herb garden. A brush of a leg or stroke of the hand and you’re wearing summer’s minty perfume.Read More
The national divorce rate lingers at about 50 percent. And, the Chaldean community is not immune, despite the heavy religious and social implications.
Divorce and annulments are a complicated issue legally, spiritually and emotionally. It can be even more challenging within the confines of the Chaldean Catholic cRead More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) and Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI-04) late yesterday introduced H.R. 2537, or the Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act, which will provide relief to Iraqi nationals who have orders of removal.Read More
Whether you are newly diagnosed or a long time patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis), you most likely have or will have questions about your diet. Many of my clients that I have worked with over the years have told me that they have heard that they should eat whatever they like and to not restrict any specific foods, because diet has no effect on the disease.Read More
Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition. Heart failure happens when the heart is unable to pump enough blood and oxygen in your body to meet the needs of the other organs. The inability to pump properly means the blood flow from your heart slows down leading to fluid back up causing one to develop swelling of the feet, otherwise known as leg edema. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, an estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure (HF). Half of those who develop the disease will die within five years of diagnosis.Read More