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A Sharing Experience



Cross-cultural initiative gains momentum and breadth.

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Chaldean News JN

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Since its inception in April of 2010, the Chaldean-Jewish
Building Community Initiative has been about sharing.
Through the pages of the Chaldean News and the Jewish
News, both based in Southfield, we've educated our corn-
munities about our shared historical roots, language and
customs. We've informed our readers about our similar
immigrant paths in America and the Detroit area... as
displaced and often persecuted minorities who have
worked hard, provided for our families and are dispropor-
tionally contributing to the area's prosperity.
Through the many events and gatherings created with
the help of our invaluable sponsors,
we have shared hopes and dreams,
sampled each other's cuisine and
visited each other's cultural institu-
tions. We have admired the architec-
ture of our respective community's
landmark structures, applauded
Broadway legends from the audience
of the Jewish Community Center's
anna
Berman Center for the Performing
Co-Publisher
Arts in West Bloomfield and have
Chaldean News
been humbled at the Holocaust
Memorial Center in Farmington
Hills by exhibits depicting the slaughter of Jews in the

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Ford Health System, is currently exploring the genetic
factors that contribute to Crohn's disease and ulcerative
colitis, which are prevalent in the Chaldean and Jewish
communities. She is being assisted in her work by West
Bloomfield resident Johnathon Markus, a medical student
of Chaldean descent.
Could it be that Chaldeans and Jews have a common
genetic link? We'll leave that to the researchers.
While we believe you will find the content in this issue
informative and interesting, please don't forget its unique-
ness as the only jointly produced, edited and distributed
publication of its kind in America
serving two distinctive religious/cul-
tural communities. Talk about sharing!
The work of our vibrant work-
groups, led by Mary Romaya,
Barbara Kratchman, LeeAnn Kirma,
Jeannie Weiner, Saad Hajjar, Howard
Rosenberg, Ron Asmar, Nancy Welber
Barr, Vinos Kassab and Dr. Nahid
ur Horwitz
Publisher
Elyas, and the overall inspiration and
Jewish News
leadership provided by the initiative's
overall honorary co-chairs, Florine
Mark and Judge Diane D'Agostini,
continue to propel us to greater depths of friendship and
collaboration and bolder dreams of sharing.

Holocaust and Chaldeans in the Armenian Genocide.
From business networking events and high school stu-
dent forums to cookbook launches and women's encoun-
ter groups, from large and festive communal gatherings to

One bold shared dream *_hat may have been unthink-
able 18 months ago is beginning to come into focus.
Initial conversations are taking place for a joint Chaldean-

intimate roundtables with physicians and medical school
students, it has been about sharing.
As the cover of the current issue of Building
Community publication you are reading illustrates,
the sharing may also be more than skin deep. Dr. Ann
Silverman, a Jewish physician who is the director of
gastroenterology research at the Detroit-based Henry

Jewish visit to Israel and its holy sites in the spring of
2012. An optional extension to portions of Northern
Iraq, where Chaldean history and culture are still deeply
rooted, also is being developed.
We appreciate your embrace of the Building
Community Initiative and look forward to continuing to
find ways for you to share in the experience! BC

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Forging Ahead

What began in April 2010 as a fragile, edgy idea to
bring together two similar but unconnected cultures has
become a richly promising experiment in cross-cultural
pollination. Advocates of the Building Community
Initiative have no illusions about the Jewish-Chaldean
project.
They know it'll require a lot of focused, hard work
Robert Sklar
over time to assure it has the endurance to last in a com-
Contributing Editor
pelling way.
In this, the second of four 2011 special supplements
to the Chaldean News and the Detroit Jewish News, both
based in Southfield, we present a panoramic view of
some of what's bubbling up from the Chaldean-Jewish melting pot that CN
Co-Publisher Martin Manna and JN Publisher Arthur Horwitz have worked so
hard to nurture from a yearlong dream.
A simple statement on a summary evaluation from the first meeting between
the Chaldean and Jewish women of the Social Action Workgroup this year cap-
tures the essence of how Building Community is seeking to make a difference
here in Metro Detroit: "It is the next generation who needs to see the way we are
— just people'
I welcome your feedback and encourage your involvement in this initiative,
which boasts the wings to soar to new heights in the annals of interethnic coop-
eration and accomplishment (rsklar@renmedia.us ). Enjoy the read! BC

INSIDE

DEAR BORN

Cover Story
Genetic Research

Departments
Arts & Culture
Business
Health
Social Action

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On The Cover. Dr. Ann Silverman, right, who
is Jewish, and Wayne State University medical
student Johnathon Markus, who is Chaldean

Cover Design: Deborah Schultz,
Renaissance Media Solutions
Inside Design: Michelle Sheridan,
Farago & Associates

Published jointly by the Chaldean News, 29850
Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 250, and the Detroit Jewish
News, 29200 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 110 — Southfield,
MI 48034. Created by Renaissance Media Solutions,
29200 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 110, Southfield, MI 48034.
F. Kevin Broweft, COO, (248) 354-6060.
Copyright August 2011, Renaissance Media Solutions.

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DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER

Workgroup Chairs

Mary Romaya,
Barbara Kratchman,

LeeAnn Kirma, Jeannie Weiner,

Saad Najjar, Howard Rosenberg,
Ron Asmar, Nancy Welber Barr,

Vinos Kassab, Dr. Nahid Elyas

August 2011

CHALDEAN NEWS I JEWISH NEWS 3

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