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.Read More
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“It’s amazing what you learn about yourself and life when you have no choice but to embrace it,” says Clarence Dass.
At just 31 years old, attorney Clarence Dass found he had a battle beyond the courtroom to fight. He found out on Holy Thursday in 2017, that he had stage 4 colon cancer.Read More
It all started as a youth group and evolved into a sisterhood that has lasted more than 60 years. “We wanted to date and our parents didn’t want us to date,” recalled Josephine (Saroki) Sarafa, an original Socialite member. “We started a youth club so our parents would allow us to get together and they loved that we were hanging out with each other because deep down they wanted us to marry Chaldeans.”Read More
As president of the Chaldean Community Foundation, Martin Manna has been giving presentations to the greater Metro Detroit area on the Chaldean community for quite some time now. “Being a part of the Chaldean Community Foundation since its inception in 2006 has given me the opportunity to speak in front of leaders and companies about our community, so that they can understand the Chaldean community historically, culturally, and economically, to name just a few ways, and to give them an overall sense of our culture,” said Manna.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Readers share their favorite photos of flower girls and ring bearers.Read More
Weddings are inherently rooted in tradition. From Chaldean to American weddings, they’re all about tradition. So, how do you fit in each tradition and make it all work?
It’s rather simple according to wedding planners. They say to just do it! It will enrich your wedding ceremony and reception and make it more interesting and fun.Read More
The end of a marriage brings a palpable sense of loss, one that leaves both individuals reevaluating what they thought they knew so well. Whether the first marriage ended amicably or not, the thought of getting remarried tends to be far off and in some cases, nonexistent.Read More
A wedding is a day consisting of a beautiful ceremony and a joyous reception filled with your closest family and friends. A marriage, however, is a lifetime commitment to one person. That person you say, “I do,” with is now your partner for life, through good times and bad, in sickness and health. But all of those circumstances can be easily compromised if we do not invite God into our marriages. That is the resounding message from the newly revised marriage prep course.Read More
“There’s something about chocolate that fixes everything. When I’m sad, I eat it. When I’m happy, I eat it. Chocolate is love. If I can spread love through that, then I’m happy I’m contributing to making the world a better place through my creations.”Read More