St. Sharbel relics make rounds through Metro Detroit

(DETROIT) — The historic relics of Saint Sharbel made rounds through Metro Detroit this month, appearing in three Maronite parishes for believers to see and pray over.

More than 2,000 people visited the relics on Saturday at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Hundreds of Chaldeans packed an evening mass presided over by Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Chaldean diocese.

“We’re very proud and we’re happy that it gets all the community together with the Lebanese people,” Lamia Sitto, a Chaldean parishioner from St George Chaldean Catholic Church, said.

Hundreds of people stood in line to touch and pray over the relics, which are visiting the U.S. from Lebanon.

“The Chaldean people have been shopping, praying and coming through for the last two days all day long,” St. Sharbel parishioner Char Fortuna said. “We kind of expected a huge crowd tonight.”

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Khayrallah Center aims to preserve Lebanese diaspora history

(ANN ARBOR, MI) — Dr. Akram Khater, director of the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, said Lebanese-Americans have a responsibility to preserve their history of immigration to the United States.

“We have to build a place for ourselves here,” said Khater, during a keynote address at the Lebanese Collegiate Network student convention in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Apr. 11. “We have to carve out a place in American history for the Lebanese and for the Arabs in general.”

Khater said Lebanese-Americans have established an influential role in American immigration history.

“We belong in (the USA) because our values are American values, and American values are ours,” he said. “We didn’t just assimilate.”

The Khayrallah Center was launched in 2014 at North Carolina State University after receiving an $8.1 million endowment from Lebanese-American businessman Moise Khayrallah.

The center aims to study Lebanese history in the United States, and to preserve stories of early Lebanese settlers.

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VIDEO: American urban cyclists navigate Beirut traffic

(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — Two American tourists explored Lebanon’s capital city on fixed gear bikes recently, navigating through thick Beirut traffic and touring the city’s juxtaposing ancient and modern cultures.

Nico Deportago-Cabrera of Chicago and Austin Horse of New York are bike messengers through Red Bull’s urban cycling endorsement program.

Bike messengers typically work for courier companies who carry and deliver items by bicycle. They’re often found in busy metropolitan areas, where bicycle travel is less subject to city traffic jams, parking limitations, and fees or fines.

Beirut narrow roads and chaotic drivers are often difficult to navigate on bikes. Deportago-Cabrera said he enjoyed the challenge.

“The streets are narrow and the lane markers are merely suggestions,” he said. “At times the gaps are too narrow for even a bike to transverse.”

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VIDEO: Zahle – Bride of the Beqaa

(ZAHLE, LEBANON) — Lebanese Examiner features Zahle as our “Day3a of the Day” and speaks to Samak restaurant owner Daisy Samaha about the “Bride of the Beqaa.”

To learn more about Zahle, visit our Day3a of the Day section.

VIDEO: This incredible Lebanese wedding entrance will amaze you!

(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — It’s no surprise Lebanese people like to take things a few step further.

Watch this Lebanese couple from Zahle go above and beyond with one of the most incredible wedding entrances ever!

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VIDEO: Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce hosts ‘Garden Party’

(BIRMINGHAM, MI) — The Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce welcomed two candidates for United States Congress on Wednesday during the group’s annual ‘Garden Party’ in Birmingham, Michigan.

Photo courtesy John Akouri.

Candidates Mike Bishop and Dave Trott chatted with Lebanese and Middle Eastern chamber members about some of the issues facing the Middle East.

“The Lebanese community is a very influential community within Southeast Michigan and for an individual candidate running for office today to think that they could run for office without approaching the Middle Eastern community would be non-constructive,” said John Akouri, the president and CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Akouri, who said the Chamber does not endorse candidates, asked Congressman Bishop to clarify his position on Middle Eastern foreign policy.

“We need a strong foreign policy, we need to restore America’s dignity,” Bishop said.

Other attendees included FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Abbate, Our Lady of Redemption Pastor Michel Cheble, French Chamber Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero, Attorney Joumana Kayrouz, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Senator Marty Knollenberg and his wife Lori Boutros Knollenberg, Birmingham Mayor Mark Nickita, Consul General of Mexico Juan Manuel Solana Morales, Consul General of Iceland Eric Christian, and retired Consul General of Jordan Karim Ajluni, Esq.

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VIDEO: Highlights from Lebanese Festival Day in London


(LONDON, ENGLAND) — The Lebanese Festival day is an annual event held in London, England that creates awareness about the Lebanese culture, customs, and promoting Lebanese products, cuisine, and tourism.

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VIDEO: Aline Lahoud performs at London Lebanese Festival


(LONDON, ENGLAND) — For the first time, Aline Lahoud performed live in the United Kingdom, exclusively for the Lebanese Festival Day on June 22nd, 2014, at Paddington Green.

In January 2014 she joined the third season of the French edition of The Voice, joining Florent Pagny’s team. Proud of her Lebanese Origins, Aline amazed everyone, singing in Arabic.

Most recently in June 2014 Aline was awarded he MEMA (Middle East Music Awards) Talent of the year Award.

The artist, who is the daughter of well-known singer Salwa al-Katrib and producer Nahi Lahoud, was also selected to sing for Lebanon at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev.

“We are proud and thankful to have Aline Lahoud perform Live for the first time in London at the Lebanese Festival Day,” wrote Ronnie Menassa on the festival’s official website.

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VIDEO: Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce honors Middle Eastern judges

(TROY, MI) — The Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce honored 26 judges of Middle Eastern descent on Monday, as part of their annual Salute to Justice evening event.

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The Chamber honored the following judges:

  • U.S. District Court Judge George Caram Steeh, III
  • U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary (OH)
  • U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub
  • U.S. Administrative Law Judge Alfred Morad, (ret)
  • Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra
  • Michigan Supreme Court Justice David F. Viviano
  • Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Henry W. Saad
  • Oakland County Probate Chief Judge Linda Saoud Hallmark
  • Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael P. Hatty
  • Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David J. Allen
  • Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Annette J. Berry
  • Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Charlene Mekled Elder
  • Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Edward Joseph
  • Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James J. Rashid (ret)
  • Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn A. Viviano
  • Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Tracey A. Yokich
  • Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Antonio P. Viviano (ret)
  • Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph J. Farah
  • Dearborn District Court Chief Judge Sam A. Salamey
  • Dearborn Heights District Court Chief Judge David D. Turfe
  • Redford District Court Chief Judge Karen Khalil Bouzas
  • Rochester Hills District Court Judge Lisa L. Asadoorian
  • Warren District Court Judge Matthew Sabaugh
  • West Bloomfield District Court Judge Diane Dickow D’Agostini
  • Mt. Clemens District Court Judge George Caram Steeh, II (ret)
  • Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court Chief Judge Theodore A. Metry

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