Sunday, December 30, 2012

Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz and Lebanese Officials announce plans to build Eye Center

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announce plans to build Eye Center

Detroit – Prominent Michigan Accident attorney Joumana Kayrouz and leaders of the Government of Lebanon agreed to build an eye center in Southern Lebanon that will provide health care services to disabled individuals facing eye loss and sight issues.

Kayrouz also announced that as a way to give back to her country she will open a charitable donor’s fund in Lebanon called The Joumana Kayrouz and Daughters Foundation, to also honor her daughters Stephanie and Nathalie Shamma.

The announcements came during an 6-day tour of Lebanon where Kayrouz was invited to lecture to over 400 students, professors and politicians at Beirut Arab University (BAU) about her personal success and achievements in the United States, and on the role women in Lebanon can play in strengthening society.

During the tour, Kayrouz met with Randa Berri, the Second Lady of Lebanon and the wife of the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri. Also the head of the Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped, Randa Berri and Joumana Kayrouz discussed their mutual concern for the plight of disabled victims, especially children.

“Randa Berri and I spent about 8 hours discussing the concerns we share to help people in Lebanon, especially those marginalized by Lebanese society and the Lebanese government. I was beyond being moved by her commitment, activism, and her ability to overcome challenges over the years to bring support to people in need,” said Kayrouz.

“We seemed to share so much and I immediately identified with her commitment to those who need help.”

Kayrouz was led on a tour of the disability center by Berri and saw firsthand the ongoing needs, including helping people to walk and also speak for the first time in their lives among many other circumstances. So moved by what she saw, Kayrouz immediately donated $50,000 to Berri’s center.

The visit concluded with an intimate, private dinner with Berri at her and Speaker Nabih Berri’s home, where they discussed the need for the eye center. Berri immediately announced the eye center would be inaugurated in the name of Joumana Kayrouz. Berri asked Kayrouz to accept an invitation to travel to Southern Lebanon to officially open its doors when completed.

Kayrouz said the Second lady of Lebanon reminisced that while she was pregnant she would deliver food and much needed supplies to people in need in Southern Lebanon during the dangerous times.

“She shared with me how bombs were exploding behind her as she was driving but she believed that God would get her through it safely because she was doing His work,” said Kayrouz, who stressed that Berri was an activist long before she became the wife of a Lebanese politician.

During the trip, Kayrouz met with several high government and political leaders and gave multiple TV interviews. She also attended the inauguration of a lecture hall at BAU and was honored to offer the first lecture.

Kayrouz said she spoke with many students at the BAU about the challenges they face and one that really impressed her was the concern many of the young women had about overcoming societal limits on the role of women.

“I told them about my story overcoming the obstacles that many women face in struggling to be successful in a still male-dominated society in America and they connected immediately,” Kayrouz said.

“Afterwards, the students spoke about the lack of scholarships for their education and how difficult it is for women to find jobs and break through the glass ceiling that holds women down in Arab society. They said Arab women often only rise to power when they are in partnership with prominent male figures in their lives, like a father, husband, or brother but that rising independently on their own merits is difficult.”

Kayrouz said a part-time security guard at the University explained how she was holding down two other jobs just trying to survive, but wanted desperately to get a college education to advance her career.

After speaking with the woman, Kayrouz said she decided to fund her entire education for four years at the BAU.

“I told the students when I spoke that sometimes, you can’t take on everything but that you could make a difference in the world by helping someone,” Kayrouz said.

“Mother Theresa once said ‘Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.’ I believe that instead of being discouraged by the challenges, that we begin by helping someone. I told them I was Grateful to God that He has so blessed me that I am able to help some others like this student.”

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

APN: After UN Vote on Palestine, Time for Credible Peace Talks

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November 29, 2012

Contact: Lara Friedman

After UN Vote on Palestine, Time for Credible Peace Talks

Washington, DC – Welcoming the UN General Assembly’s vote to upgrade the status of the Palestinian representation in the UN, Americans for Peace Now (APN) today urged the Palestinians, Israel, the Obama administration and the international community to use the vote as a springboard to launching credible peace negotiations.
APN’s President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “We welcome the passage of the resolution as a vote of confidence, both by the Palestinians and the international community, in a diplomatic resolution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a vote of confidence in a negotiated two-state solution, with Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side with mutually recognized borders."
“The UNGA resolution, an international statement of support for a negotiated two-state solution, should be used by Palestinians and Israelis as a springboard for launching a serious, credible, internationally-supported political process to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. We urge the Palestinian leadership to courageously declare its willingness to return to the negotiating table without preconditions. We urge Israel’s government to do the same and refrain from ill-advised retribution against the Palestinians. We urge Congress to resist pressure to pursue its own ill-advised retribution against the Palestinians and the United Nations. We urge the Obama administration to show leadership and sponsor serious peace negotiations.
“Only such a negotiations process can achieve what Israelis and Palestinians both want and deserve: a secure future for themselves and their children, with dignity and self-determination in two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within recognized borders, in peace and security.”
More on APN’s position regarding the Palestinians’ bid for upgrading their status in the UN is available here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

APN Calls on Obama to Support Palestinian UN Initiative

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November 27, 2012

Contact: Lara Friedman

APN Calls on Obama to Support Palestinian UN Initiative

Washington, DC - Consistent with APN’s longstanding support for peace and a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Americans for Peace Now today called on the Obama Administration and the international community to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status at the UN to that of non-member observer state. APN called on the Obama Administration, Israel, and the international community to use this development as a springboard to launch a political process that can yield tangible and constructive results immediately. APN President and CEO Debra DeLee stated:

“In the wake of the latest Gaza War, we believe the international community, led by the Obama Administration, must take urgent action to restore faith in a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to strengthen those Israelis and Palestinians, like Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who are standing firmly with such a solution. Supporting Abbas’ UN effort is a first step to doing just that. This effort is explicitly predicated on support for Israeli-Palestinian peace based on parameters long-endorsed by the U.S. and governments around the world, and once again demonstrates Abbas’ laudable determination to achieve progress through non-violent means.

“All nations that support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should endorse this UN initiative. All nations, including the United States and Israel, should likewise refrain from and reject punitive measures against the Palestinians in the wake of this initiative, including efforts by Israel or any other party to exploit this initiative as a pretext for actions that further erode the possibility of peace.

“Rather than becoming a focus of recriminations, the adoption by the UN General Assembly of this initiative – and the subsequent upgrading of the Palestinian presence at the UN – should be used as a springboard to immediately launch a credible, internationally-backed political process that furthers a clear political goal – the end of the occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state, with comprehensive security arrangements – in the near term. Only in this way can new life be breathed into negotiations and only in this way can future UN crises and further violence related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be averted.

"Actions by the UN won’t end the occupation or resolve permanent status issues such as borders, refugees, and the future of Jerusalem.   Only negotiations can achieve those goals. However, developments on the ground are every day eroding the very possibility of achieving the two-state solution and emboldening extremists on both sides. The world's passivity in the face of these developments, and its tacit acquiescence to continued hostilities between and among the parties, has only bolstered those who are eager to close the door, once-and-for-all, on any possibility of coexistence in the region with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and with security.

“The decision of the Palestinians to once again take their case to the UN does not signal that they are ‘going unilateral’ or rejecting peace. Rather, it reflects the Palestinians’ understandable conviction that, under present circumstances, negotiations will never end the occupation or deliver statehood.   It also reflects their recognition that the situation is nearing a tipping point – the point at which developments on the ground in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in particular expansion of settlements and settlement-related infrastructure, will make the two-state solution unworkable.

“This initiative is thus a wholly legitimate, if desperate and risky, effort to re-build a modicum of faith in the prospect that negotiations will achieve their ostensible goal – a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – before unilateral actions on the ground make such a solution impossible.”
APN’s principles on the issue of the Palestinians’ UN efforts can be read here.

APN is the sister organization of Shalom Achshav, Israel’s preeminent peace movement. APN’s mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace, based on a two-state solution, guaranteeing both peoples security, and consistent with U.S. national interests. We also work to ensure Israel's future and the viability of Israel's democracy and Jewish character through education, activism and advocacy in the United States, and by mobilizing American support for Shalom Achshav.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Al Jazeera/AudioNow Announces Mobile Phone Number to Follow Breaking News in Gaza

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Washington, D.C., November 20, 2012 – AudioNow, the nation’s leading radio-by-phone platform, announced today a “live” phone number that links directly to Al Jazeera’s broadcast content, allowing listeners to follow developments in the Gaza Strip.

Listeners can now access Al Jazeera’s coverage in English, by dialing (213-493-0140) on any mobile device. To access Al Jazeera Arabic, dial: 213-493-0140.

The Al Jazeera channel is largely unavailable in the U.S. except in a handful of cities.   With reporters embedded in Gaza, and with Al Jazeera's broadcast in 120 countries with 70 bureaus across the globe, the voice stream offers a direct line into news.   As Israeli and Palestinian fighters enter their seventh day of conflict, AudioNow is pleased to announce the phone number to expand access to Al Jazeera’s breaking coverage to U.S. audiences.

For Al Jazeera Arabic, dial:  213-493-0130.
For Al Jazeera English, dial:  213-493-0140.

AudioNow is the leading provider of mobile phone broadcast radio distribution in the country. It uses proprietary, “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that allows any fixed or mobile phone to access live audio programming without any downloads across all mobile platforms. Visit to learn more and register.

Contact Information at AudioNow
Rebecca Walker, Manager of Listener Engagement
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Press Release: Fr. Sean McManus returns from Holy Land Visit

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PO BOX 15128
WASHINGTON, DC 20003-0849
Fr. Mc Manus Back from West Bank Sickness Stopped Gaza Visit

CAPITOL HILL. Tuesday, November 7, 2012 --- The President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, Fr. Sean Mc Manus, has  returned from his previously  unannounced  two-week visit to the West Bank. Illness forced him to cancel a further week visit to the Gaza Strip.
He had been invited to join the INTERFAITH PEACE-BUILDERS (IFPB) Delegation (Olive Harvest) to Israel-Palestine, Oct. 21 - Nov. 12, 2012.

The Washington INTERFAITH PEACE-BUILDERS describes the purpose of their delegations in this way: “Delegations to Israel/Palestine are designed to begin a process of experiential learning and personal transformation. Our delegations expose participants to perspectives that are not readily available in North America. Meetings are held with diverse representatives of Palestinian and Israeli society, focusing particularly on the voices of those working nonviolently for a resolution to the conflict…”

Fr. Mc Manus said: “I was honored, humbled and inspired to be included in this Delegation, composed of 32 remarkable men and women, young and old, and led by extraordinary leaders, male and female. The IFPB is a really special organization that does courageous and heroic work.”

Simultaneously, there was a large African Heritage Delegation with whom we shared the same hotel. Needless to say, these African-Americans brought to the issue that extra-special perspective, gained from their own Black Freedom Struggle.

This was my first visit to The Holy Land, and it was a listening–learning visit for me. Although I knew the basics of the problem, I did not have the hands-on-knowledge like I have of the Northern Ireland problem. I was particularly interested to see, among other things, if any of my own work, like the Mac Bride Principles, could apply to the situation there. It should be noted here that none were more supportive of the Mac Bride Principles than Jewish-American Members of Congress. (I fully document this in my Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland. Washington. 2012.)”

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “ I went with an open, objective mind – though somewhat conflicted. On the one hand, I have a deep reverence for the Jewish people, worldwide. I have also become, through my study, very conscious and ashamed of the past history of Catholic anti-Semitism: how the Catholic Church, even some of its famous Saints and preachers, spread ant-Semitism across the globe. After The Reformation, the Protestant Churches were equally anti-Semitic. Inevitably, such racist and religious demonization helped to pave the way to The Holocaust.

While we must repent for that past Christian anti-Semitism, it must not close our eyes or hardened our hearts to the rights and plights of the Palestinians. I was profoundly shocked by what I saw: systematic, relentless and shameless injustice. Of course, some of it was familiar. After all, the British partitioned both Palestine and Ireland. For the first few days, I kept thinking: “Just like what the Brits did in The North.” But increasingly, I would add, “but a million times worse.”
Fr. Mc Manus (now recovering from his debilitating, but non-serious travel-sickness) explained: “On my trip – my pilgrimage, if you will, -- to the Holy Land, I had been reflecting a lot on what the Hebrew Prophets teach us about justice. For them, religion is rooted in justice that flows from the heart of God. And it is that justice that must bind and bond Jews, Muslims, Protestants and Catholics, and all God’s children. As I return from the Holy Land, I echo one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s favorite quotes from the Prophet Amos: ‘Let justice roll down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.’” (New Jerusalem Bible, 5:24).

Fr. Mc Manus continued: “There is now no way I can in conscience and decency ignore the just, nonviolent cause of the Palestinians. I will most certainly do all I can to help --- without neglecting the Irish cause. Watch this space, as they say.
God bless America and God save Ireland and The Holy Land.”

Fr. Sean Mc Manus
Irish National Caucus
P.O. BOX 15128
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC 20003-0849
Tel. 202-544-0568
Fax. 202-488-7537

Monday, November 05, 2012

Good Morning Michigan expands to Washington DC

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U.S. Arab Radio, "Good Morning Michigan," WNZK 680/690AM Announces Expansion to Washington D.C. and will Feature a Special "Arab Americans at the Polls" Program on Elections Day

Detroit, Michigan, USA | November 5th, 2012 | U.S. Arab Radio, "Good Morning Michigan" Radio Show on WNZK 690 AM proudly announces its landmark expansion to Washington D.C. The Show which airs from 8:00-9:00 AM EST will be available through WDMV 700 AM which covers DC, Virginia, Maryland, Baltimore, and Columbia, in addition to the show’s previous coverage in Michigan, Chicago, Canada, Toledo, Ohio, and New York.

Tune in tomorrow November 6, 2012, at 8:00 AM EST, on Election Day, November 6, 2012, as the show will feature the voices of Arab American’s expressing their views on the election and their participation on this historic day, which could ultimately be one of the most decisive elections of our time.

The program will also discuss the potential causes and solutions to the lower voter turnout among Arab Americans in past elections, in addition to innovative ideas for getting community members to the polls, on one of the most decisive elections of our time. Most importantly, the show will focus on the vitality of the Arab American vote in influencing domestic and foreign policies in the United States and around the globe.

For making voices heard across the country, The Good Morning Michigan show and its listeners thank the following sponsors for this vital expansion: Attorney Joumana Kayrouz, Ziyad Brothers, and Dr. Opada Al-Zhohaili. Their understanding of the need to have a strong media presence among the Arab American community and mainstream airwaves has made Good Morning Michigan the first simulcast Arab American program to cover this number of states. Broadcast will be available via the program's Website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Our sponsors have set the trend to encourage others to assist in further expanding this unique program, in addition to Radio Baladi which has been the first simulcast Arab American program in existence since 2009, to increase broadcast hours and States across the U.S.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz endorses three candidates for Michigan Supreme Court, donates 30 billboards to help promote their candidacies

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Joumana Kayrouz endorses three candidates for Michigan Supreme Court,
donates 30 billboards to help promote their candidacies

Declaring women must continue to fight for equality in today’s society, attorney Joumana Kayrouz endorsed three women for the Michigan Supreme Court in the Nov. 6 election.

Kayrouz donated 30 billboards from her vast array of marketing billboards endorsing University of Michigan Law Professor Bridget Mary McCormack, 3rd Circuit Judge Connie Kelley and 46th District Chief Judge Pro Tem Shelia Johnson.

“These three experienced and highly qualified members of our judicial and legal system are proven champions of the rights of families and children,” Kayrouz said in announcing her support and donation.

“Their legal knowledge will bring strength and consistency to the Michigan Supreme Court. Running together as a team, Professor McCormack, Judge Kelley and Judge Johnson will strengthen the role of women not only in our judicial system but in our society.”

All three candidates have received strong endorsements from the media and political organizations and professional law associations.

Kayrouz said the billboards went up last month to help raise public awareness of the important Michigan Supreme Court race reaching more than 3 million people each day.

“Too often in past elections, the voter turnout for judicial races has been low, yet these judicial offices are among the most important,” Kayrouz said.

McCormack is a veteran litigator, legal scholar and educator. A law professor, she is Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Law School.

Judge Kelley practiced law for 27 years representing victims of illegal discrimination before being elected to the Wayne County Circuit Court as a family law judge in 2008 in the 3rd Circuit District.

Judge Johnson worked as both a trial judge in the 46th District, serving 8 years as Chief Judge Pro Tem, and in private practice defending the rights of people in the community.

Joumana Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz PLLC.

She is one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and the only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in the state.

Kayrouz is as a pioneer in her field, breaking down barriers to serve those in need of her services, growing an immensely successful enterprise.

Kayrouz was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by members of the Michigan Legal Industry.

Kayrouz received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration, and was honored as a “Presenting Sponsor” during the 50th Anniversary gala of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2010 Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz honored for support of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Joumana Kayrouz honored for support of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Prominent attorney Joumana Kayrouz was honored Thursday at the 50th Annual Gala Banquet hosted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her support of the organization’s mission.

Kayrouz, who is of Lebanese American heritage, was recognized as a “Presenting Sponsor” for her generous donation of $50,000 to the organization which was founded in 1962 by the late Hollywood actor Danny Thomas.

Thomas was born in 1912 in Deerfield, Michigan, to Maronite Catholic immigrants from Lebanon, Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and his wife Margaret Taouk. When he first entered acting, Thomas vowed that if he succeeded in Hollywood, he would open a shrine dedicated to St. Jude, which he did in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Danny Thomas is a role model for every American, whether they are immigrants or whether they are born in this country of immigrant parents or grandparents, who came here to embrace opportunity,” Ms. Kayrouz said.

“Not only did he succeed in this country reaching great heights as an iconic American actor in Hollywood and on television with the popular Make Room for Daddy TV series, but he also took it one step further by taking his success and using it to help others.”

Ms. Kayrouz said that building St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which helps so many children in need is one of the most significant accomplishments of any American Arab in this country.

“I am very proud and honored that I can follow in his footsteps and use my own success to help others, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she said.”

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.

Ms. Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz. As one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in Michigan, Ms. Kayrouz has served as a pioneer in her field, as she has effectively broken down barriers to reach out to those in need of her services, thus growing an immensely successful enterprise.

Kayrouz has received many recognitions for her community leadership and professional achievements as a lawyer. She was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by members of the Michigan Legal Industry. Ms. Kayrouz also received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration.

In 2010 Ms. Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM) during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Arab American Festival 2012 Phoenix Oct. 20-21, 2012

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Arab American Festival 2012

For additional information contact:
Phone: (602) 412-1525
Fax: (602) 412-4457
202 E. Mc Dowell Road. Suite # 131
Phoenix, AZ 85004

When: Saturday, Oct. 20th 2012
Sunday, Oct. 21st 2012

Where: Steele Indian School Park
 300 E. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ. 85012

Arab American Festival

The Arab American Festival is an exposure of the Arab countries, culture and the history of the world’s oldest civilization. The Festival targets all Americans to develop a sense of enlightenment of the diverse and ethnic groups while being entertained. It is an event that allows all ages to enjoy music, arts and crafts, entertainment, children’s activities, and services from local businesses, foods, and vendors. The Festival has been successful with 80,000 attendees within the last three years. This year the Arab American Festival will take place at the Steele Indian School Park (Central Ave & Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ) on October 20th & 21st 2012, from 12:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. (Free Parking)

A Multicultural Event, titled as the largest multicultural event in Arizona representing 22 countries. It gathers thousands of people of all different cultures in Arizona with the participation of singers, musicians, and dancers from all over the Arab world. The Arab American Festival is open to the public, there is a $5.00 admission for adults, kids 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free.

The Festival is divided into five areas including: Entertainment, Kid Zone, Hookah Lounge, International Food Court, and Vendors of Arts & Crafts and more.

The Arab American Festival 2012 has gathered an exciting variety of entertainers including Syrian Superstar Samy Shamsi, Egyptian Megastar Singer Eslam Farouk, Belly Dance groups such as the Shahrazad Dance Troupe, Instrumental music by Pathos and many others from around the globe. 

This event is for the community, uniting Arabs and friends of Arabs in celebrating the Arab cultural heritage in this great nation of the United States of America.

For more information on the Arab American Festival please go to www.ArabAmericanFestival.Com


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz to receive Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award from American Arab Chamber of Commerce at 20th Anniversary Gala

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Joumana Kayrouz to receive Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award
from American Arab Chamber of Commerce at 20th Anniversary Gala

Prominent attorney Joumana Kayrouz Wednesday said she is thrilled to be one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award.”

The award will be presented to Ms. Kayrouz at the AACC 20th anniversary Building Economic Bridges Gala at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center on Friday Oct. 26.

Ms. Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz. In addition, John Antakli, President of INTRACO, will also receive an award.

Both will receive their honors in recognition by the Detroit business and leadership community “for their commitment to excellence and leadership in their respective fields,” said Fay Beydoun, AACC Executive Director.

"Joumana Kayrouz has served as a trailblazer, not only within the Arab American community, but within the business community as a whole,” Beydoun said. 

“Her innovative business sense has allowed her to grow a prosperous enterprise, provide sought after legal counsel to her clients and give back to the community that she is a part of.  We are pleased to recognize her incredible accomplishments during our 20th Anniversary Gala."

As one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in Michigan, Ms. Kayrouz has served as a pioneer in her field, as she has effectively broken down barriers to reach out to those in need of her services, thus growing an immensely successful enterprise.

“I am very honored to receive the Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award from the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, its board and members,” Ms. Kayrouz said.

“I have dedicated my life to championing the rights of individuals injured in everyday life, and also to stand with individuals, groups and organizations to strengthen their rights and to bring organizations and leaders together for the betterment of our community through network empowerment.”

Ms. Kayrouz called the American Arab Chamber of Commerce “one of the most important organizations serving the people of the Detroit region.”

In addition to honoring Mr. Antakli and Attorney Kayrouz, the 20th Annual Gala will also serve as an opportunity for the AACC to recognize its founding members and current board, who have been instrumental in the organization’s growth over the past 20 years. The event will also serve to further promote the mission of the organization, which is to build economic bridges by promoting and empowering the business community it serves on a local, national and international level.

AACC Officials said, “During a key election year, where job growth and the economy remain a priority for candidates and voters, we are pleased to announce its two distinguished award recipients, who have served as key contributors to economic growth, locally, nationally and internationally.”

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz hosts gourmet reception for Lebanese Energy Minister His Excellency Gebran Bassil

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Lebanese Energy Minister His Excellency Gebran Bassil

(Detroit, MI/09-28-12) – Celebrated personal injury attorney Joumana Kayrouz hosted a first class gourmet style reception in honor of the visit of His Excellency Gebran Bassil, the Lebanese Minister of Energy, during his recent tour of Michigan.

Bassil was visiting with Lebanese communities throughout the United including in Detroit Sept. 27 thru Sept. 28, to meet with community leaders and to listen to their concerns hoping to strengthen their support of Lebanon.

In Bassil’s honor, Kayrouz hosted an elegant reception at her Bloomfield Hills, Michigan home that was attended by 75 of the most influential members of the Lebanese and American community including local judges, elected office holders, business leaders and government officials.

The event was covered by Lebanese television stations that accompanied Bassil to the United States and the Kayrouz-hosted reception was featured in their reporting.

Described as the most spectacular of the events held in honor of the Minister’s tour, the dinner featured a 5-course gourmet meal specially prepared by the award winning Lebanese American Chef, Robert Nahra. Known for his exquisite meal presentations, Nahra is the owner of Lakeland Banquet & Events Centre on 9 Mile Road in Saint Clair shores. Nahra caters to many venues, such as the GM Heritage center, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Royal Oak Music Theatre, the Birmingham Community Center, and the Masonic Temple.

“Ms. Kayrouz told me she wanted a dinner that was presidential and first class in honor of the Lebanese Minister,” Nahra said. “What we did was what would have been prepared for the President of the United States or for a Fortune 500 Company event. She personally selected the menu including lobster tail from South Africa, Prime Fillet, and also the decorations which included about 3,000 flowers, gold gilded crystal and china settings.”

Nahra said to enhance the presentation he created several large cylinders of boiled cinnamon placed over dried ice that generated a white mist that imbued a fragrance during the dinner of freshly made apple pie.

"Joumana wanted to serenade her guests with elegance and fragrant gourmet cuisine using black and white truffle shaved over tortellini and served in glass sealed jars that when opened overwhelmed the gathering with the scent of truffles," Nahra said.

"The apple spice technique was used for an all-American dessert, which is the Lakelands' signature apple pie presentation using  dry ice and apple spice infused solution."

Bassil called Kayrouz, who is the only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in the State of Michigan, a “role model” for every woman who aspires to equality and a successful career.

“His Excellency Gebran Bassil is an effective voice for the people of Lebanon as they move the country forward and energize American Lebanese throughout the United States to remain proud and involved in their heritage,” Kayrouz said.

“I was honored to accept his invitation to join him during parts of his visit to Michigan’s Lebanese community, and to host His Excellency at a spectacular social evening that I hope reflected the best of our community.”

Attendees raved about the event.

“No foreign dignitary has ever been treated to a more classy reception than the one you hosted in your lovely home,” one attendee later said. “Everything – every last detail – was exquisite.   The most impressive thing about the evening, however, was the great heart behind it that made every guest feel welcome and at home.  Our people are known for their hospitality, but you really took it to another level.”

In March, 2012, Kayrouz was appointed by the Government of Lebanon to serve as President of the Miss Lebanon Emigrants USA Board of Directors.

During the Detroit leg of the International Pageant held in June, His Excellency Fady Abboud, Lebanese Minister of Tourism, presented Kayrouz with the “Lebanese-American Heritage” Award.

The award read, “… for your tireless efforts in strengthening ties between your native Lebanon and the home of your choice, the United States, we honor you for understanding the shared values and the historic relationship between our two great nations… we especially are grateful for your generosity to and leadership in highlighting the unending work St. Jude Children Research Hospital of Beirut.”


Thursday, October 04, 2012

ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin from 5.- 11. November 2012

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ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin from 5.- 11. November 2012

ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin will take place from the 5th to the 11th of November 2012 and is presenting, for the fourth year in a row, films from the Arab world. ALFILM shows over 40 films from Arab directors and productions from Arab countries, which until now have been rarely available to European audiences.

The Main Program of the festival is going to screen recent fiction and documentary films from Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine and Lebanon, amongst others.

This year’s opening film Fidaï (2012, Algeria/France/ Qatar/Kuwait /China/Germany) from the young and upcoming director, Damien Ounouri, tells the story of the Algerian independence movement based on vivid memories of his great uncle.

Many such inspirational documentary films will be screened at this year’s ALFILM, such as Uncle Nashat (2011, Jordan/Palestine) by Aseel Mansour, which reconstructs the story of a political murder, The Virgin, the Copts and Me (2011, Egypt/Qatar/France) by Namir Abdel Messeeh, a film that traces apparitions of the virgin Mary in Egypt or Yamo (2011, Lebanon) by Rami Nihawi, which focuses on a mother, who slowly unveils the emotional wounds of civil war. In a variety of ways, the films portray the current political conflicts and social upheavals in the respective countries.

Well worth seeing are feature films such as the Moroccan comedy Andalousie, mon amour (2011) by Mohamed Nadif or the Iraqi docu-drama Leaving Baghdad (2010) by Kutaiba Aljanabi. Ismaël Ferroukhi's Free Men (2011) tells the story of the great Parisian Mosque at the time of National Socialism, which led to salvation for numerous Algerian Jews.

The special program section Generation in Transit focuses on perspectives of youth in times of civil unrest by means of historical works such as: Return of the Lost Son from Youssef Chahine (Egypt, 1976) and West Beyrouth from Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon, 1998).

This year’s Retrospective sponsored by the Center of Modern Orient (ZMO), is devoted to the Moroccan director Farida Benlyazid, whose work deals intensively with the roles of women in Arab society and forms of resistance. In attendance of the film director, Une porte sur le ciel (1989), Keid Ensa(1999), Casablanca, Casablanca (2002) and Juanita de Tanger (2005) will be screened.

Two Short Film Programs as well as an Experimental Film Program will add to the program.

ALFILM is organised by Friends of Arabic Cinematheque Association, Berlin. The organization is an independent association, which was founded with the goal of offering a platform for film productions of Arab countries in Germany to confront cultural stereotypes about the Arab world through pictures and stories.

ALFILM will take place from 5.-11.11.2012 at the Babylon and Eiszeit cinemas.

A Press Sneak Preview will take place on 24.10.2012 at 12:30pm and 15:00pm at the cinema Babylon.
Further notice of this event will be circulated in the near future.

Accreditation for the 4th edition of ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin - is now open. The Accreditation form is available at

To receive an accreditation for ALFILM, please fill out the accreditation form <>  and send it to us together with a portrait photo in JPEG format (file name: last name_first name.jpg) via email to, via fax to +49-30-40301864 or via post to ALFILM Festival / Accreditation / Potsdamer Str. 151 / 10783 Berlin. Please note that the deadline is October 22nd, 2012. After this deadline, accreditations can be issued during the festival week at the guest office, where a late accreditation fee of 5 EUR will be charged.

Festival accreditation costs 30 EUR for film industry visitors. The fee can be paid in cash only at the time of collecting your accreditation badge. Press visitors and film guests are accredited free of charge. Press visitors are kindly asked to additionally provide either a copy of their press ID, a supporting letter from their editor, or links to/scans of two recent articles.

Further information concerning your accreditation will be found in a confirmation letter, which will be sent to you by the end of October.

For press inquiries please contact:
Katherin Erdelyi, Mascha Wilke or ALFILM Office: Potsdamer Str. 151, 10783 Berlin, Germany
email:, tel: 030 40 30 18 63, fax: 030 40 30 18 64.


Monday, October 01, 2012


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Get your fix of authentic Middle Eastern food at the St. George Feast of the Middle East to be held this weekend October 5-7, 2012.  This annual event features an incredible menu of Middle Eastern favorites including hummus, tabouli, shwarma, kebabs, gyros, falafel and more.  The 
signature 50-foot long dessert table is a spectacle in itself featuring: baklava, mamoul, ghriebeh, and many other sweet treats to tempt your taste buds. All of the food and pastries are freshly prepared using recipes that have been passed down for generations. 

The purpose of the St. George Feast of the Middle East is to positively share Middle Eastern food, culture, hospitality, and tradition with the greater Phoenix community. 

Very Reverend Father Christopher Salamy, the pastor of St. George, explained that the Feast of the Middle East was an important way for everyone to gather around the table of peace in light of the current crises in the Middle East. 
"The current crises in the Middle East expose the ultimate failing of humanity: division and fracture.  For people to sit down together and break bread reveals that at our core, we all share the same basic needs and desires.  Through the Feast of the Middle East, the community of St. George hopes to show Phoenix and the world that we can come together around the table, eat together, put aside our differences, learn from one another, and embrace peaceful community." 

In addition to the incredible food, the St. George Feast of the Middle East features fun for the whole family.   Entertainment includes Arabic dancing performed by the youth of St. George, live music, and a children's area featuring games, face painting, and inflatable bouncers.  This year the festival will also feature a hookah lounge sponsored by XHALE Hookah Lounge.  

Church tours will be available and the St. George bookstore will be open selling books, icons, and gifts.

The festival is held annually at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church located at 4530 E. Gold Dust, one block South of Shea and West of Tatum.  St. George Church has been a fixture in the Valley for over 60 years and is one of only two Antiochian Orthodox churches in the Greater Phoenix Area.

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church is part of the 
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Sometimes called the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church is the first Christian Church.  The Orthodox Church can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles twenty centuries ago. The Church of Antioch was established by the Apostles Paul and Barnabas in 42 A.D., with St. Peter serving for the next eight years as its first prelate. The Church of Antioch is one of the five ancient Patriarchates of the Christian Church, along with Alexandria, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Rome.

St. George Feast of the Middle East
Dates:   October 5th 5pm-9pm
October 6th 11am-9pm
October 7th 11am-8pm
Cost: Free Admission
Location: St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4530 E. Gold Dust Avenue, Phoenix  85028
Cross Streets: South of Shea/ West of Tatum
More information at:

Makes 2 cups
1 15 oz can chickpeas
1/3 cup sesame tahini (available at Middle Eastern grocery stores – choose MidEast or Tarazi brands)
4-5 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
olive oil for drizzling
paprika and chopped parsley for garnish

Drain chickpeas, reserving the chickpea liquid.  Place in a food processor with the sesame tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt.  Process until smooth, adding reserved chickpea liquid, a tablespoon at a time to achieve a smooth consistency. Spread on a plate and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley.  Serve with pita chips and assorted fresh vegetables for dipping. 

Variations: Add to processor and pulse when hummus is almost smooth. 1.  1/2 cup roasted red peppers OR   2.  1 diced jalapeno and 1/3 cup cilantro

Press inquiries? 
Please contact:
Natascha Karadsheh
Karadsheh Consulting  cell: 602-909-4995