When Ronny Ayar’s great great grandfather, Yousif, went to work in a tahini factory in Iraq, a love and passion for tahini that would span five generations was sparked. Working in this tahini factory, Ronny’s great great grandfather learned the ins and outs of the business, from producing to packaging – giving him the knowledge he needed to open his own tahini factory.Read More
Working hard is a strong Chaldean trait and Dana Denha does just that. She’s a wife and mother in addition to being a talk show host, producer, script writer, editor, audio technician and camera operator at Community Television Network in Ann Arbor.Read More
There is a new agent in town and he is in charge of the FBI – Detroit Bureau. Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Tim Slater moved back home to Michigan after his last stint in Washington DC and has been meeting groups across the region. He and his team met with Martin Manna and Chaldean Community Foundation members last month at the foundation offices in Sterling Heights.Read More
High security surrounded Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield last month for a visit from Vice President Mike Pence who was in town to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate John James. Nearly 200 people attended the fundraiser and about 12 people attended a private meeting prior to the luncheon.Read More
John Jonna fell into the food and beverage industry because it was the only venture opened to the newly arriving Chaldean Immigrants to the United States. If you are truly to understand John Jonna, you will realize that he is an ardent entrepreneur and a well-versed passionate educator whose business classroom is in retail and restaurants.Read More
Sydney Alton started by recording YouTube videos. Now she was walked the red carpet at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards at the company’s request.
While she didn't perform at the show, she does have a history with Radio Disney. Last spring, she became the first Chaldean to have a song to play on the station, with her song "Up for Air."Read More
Six hours after Camden Manning was born, her mother, Vanessa Yaldoo Manning of West Bloomfield, noticed something was awry. “Camden did not want to nurse, she vomited a green bile, and she did not pass her first stool.”Read More
It was a late-night reflection that prompted Lisa Denha to start the Chaldean Moms of Metro Detroit page. “It was an idea I had that I felt like the community needed,” said Denha. “We don’t realize how much we have in common with other women in the Chaldean community and how much we could grow from one another.”Read More
Padre Pio once said, “Even though the Lord is in us, He still wants us to ask for what we desire.”
And that’s exactly what Jeff Kassab did after months of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to cure his colon cancer. He prayed to Jesus Christ and his favorite saint, Padre Pio.
“Lord, I am at your service,” he invoked. “You helped me, you healed me, and whatever you want from me I’ll give to You. That is my desire.”Read More
It was Labor Day weekend a couple of years ago and we were hanging out with my side of the family at a friend’s pool. My husband, Ron, who had been diagnosed with diabetes a few months earlier and was on a daily dose of pills, wasn’t feeling well that day. He chalked it up to being tired from a busy week at work and having eaten way too many stuffed jalapeno peppers that day.Read More
Just because summer is winding down, doesn’t mean the summer body that you worked so hard for should fade away along with it. Or, perhaps like many, you never quite got going on getting fit for summer because you absolutely despise the mere mention of the word `exercise’.Read More
A couple months ago, we dedicated our July issue to informing our readers on key races throughout the state. We started with the gubernatorial race and even got into a few of the congressional races. The August 7 primary was a whirlwind, candidates and constituents alike were on the edge of their seats awaiting the results.
We bring you the candidates that will be heading into the general election in about two months. Read up on your district and head into the polls prepared to make an informed decision – midterm elections are key in getting your voice heard in Lansing.Read More
Deputy Chief Curt Lawson has been serving with the West Bloomfield Police Department for 24 years. As a child, he had his sights set on the FBI, but that later changed after he attended college and began a career at the West Bloomfield Police Department. He loved it so much that he never left.Read More
Recent Detroit Country Day graduates, Christian Kasmikha and Nicholas Shaman have been both been granted early admittance to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, one of the top ranked undergraduate business schools in the country.Read More
In May of 2016, Navy Seal Charlie Keating was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in an area of Northern Iraq known as the Nineveh Plain. Christians, Yazidis, and the Shabak sect of Shia Islam all call the area home, forming a unique cultural mosaic, a centuries-old tapestry of religious diversity. ISIS targeted these communities for genocidal extermination. In a battle to regain control of the ancient Christian village of Teleskof, Charlie and his team were ambushed by ISIS. Charlie fell to a sniper’s bullet.Read More
As families plan their last-minute summer vacations and kids finish up weeks at camp, many others are packing for college. It’s the Back to School issue and the focus is on colleges and Universities. We feature those that seem to attract a Chaldean population and are within driving distance of the Metro-Detroit area.Read More
The summer is a time for most students to kick back, relax and reflect on a job well done, but there are a select few who should be especially proud of their major achievements both in and out of the classroom.Read More
The need for healing in the Chaldean community prompted the inception of the Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center’s newest divorce ministry. In particular, it was evident there was an immense amount of stigma attached to the “D” word: divorce. Divorce is a difficult experience for any person to endure, but it can be especially hard in the Chaldean community.Read More
This past June, thousands of people witnessed Fadie Gorgies and John Bardeleon Jaddou being ordained as priests at Mother of God Cathedral in Southfield. More than 1,000 people attended in person and thanks to technology, thousands more watched it LIVE on Facebook through ECRC’s Mar Toma Productions, directed by Fadi Attisha. The two were the 3rd and 4th seminarians to be ordained under His Excellency Bishop Francis Kalabat.Read More
Veteran summer camp professional Mike Hickey is spearheading an expanded Chaldean community overnight camp in Brighton, and he couldn’t be more excited.
“The camp life is such an opportunity with kids, the campers, to make a difference—really with the staff as well,” said Hickey. “If you are paying attention, you learn more from the kids than they learn from you.”Read More