Karla Atchoo of Waterford takes
in some of the artwork at the July
12 opening reception of "Roots,"
an exhibition featuring works of
art in all media by local Chaldean
and Jewish artists. The three-
day exhibition was held at the
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.
The reception drew close to 250
See story, page 46
WAY N E STATE
Committees Move Forward
While the warm days of summer
expose our desire to conserve energy,
both personal and that provided by
DTE, the Chaldean-Jewish Building
Community Initiative has been gener-
ating energy and excitement with its
programs and plans.
July's well-conceived and well-
received "Roots" exhibit by Chaldean
and Jewish artists at the Birmingham
Bloomfield Art Center demonstrated
how the interactions and friendships
stimulated by the Building Community
Initiative are being expressed in cre-
The dedication of the Arts & Culture
Workgroup, co-chaired by Mary
Romaya and Barbara Kratchman and
ably reinforced by their committee of
Sharon Alterman, Mira Burack, Stephen
Goldman, Mark Kassa, Mark Lit, Sulafa
Roumayah, Michele Saroki and Firyal
Yono, continues to bring smiles to our
faces ... fulfilling our broader hopes
for this unique endeavor.
Speaking of smiles, we also are
pleased that under the guidance of co-
chairs Flo Atto and Jeannie Weiner, the
Chaldean-Jewish Building Community
Initiative will be traveling — together
— to Israel and the Holy Land from
April 16-25, 2013. Please mark your
And, for a taste of what the remark-
able itinerary of this trip will look like,
thanks for joining us Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
at Shenandoah Country Club in West
Bloomfield for an informative preview.
It will be a five-star experience packed
with memories — and friendships —
to last a lifetime (see story, page 44).
The Building Community Initiative's
other workgroups, some with new co-
chairs, are also planning events and
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activities. The Social Action group
is being led by Gail Katz and Jovian
Nafsu. The Business and Economic
Development group is being led by
Anmar Sarafa and Richard Nodel (see
story, page 41). Vinos Kassab and
Nancy Welber Barr continue as chairs
of the Education group. And we are
grateful to this year's honorary initia-
tive chairs, Frank Jonna and David
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