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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE Celebrating 45 Years of Service MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD, AMERICAN LEBANESE CONGRESS ESTABLISHED IN 1963 $15.00 SUBSCRIPTION www.syrianlebanesestar.com XLVII #12 DECEMBER 2009 Consumers to Give Thanks Online Saudi Arabia: Syria Comes in From the Cold During the Holiday Season Magazine Woman Gets New reforms from Damascus point Since 2004, holiday Puts Spotlight Lashes for to improved hopes for a brighter shoppers throughout the on Muslim Sex Talk economic future for Syria. Women country have supported the children of St. Jude by A Saudi court on generously giving during A Montclair State Saturday sentenced a the annual Thanks and University senior has female journalist to 60 Giving campaign. enlisted writers from lashes after she had been Even a sputtering Marlo Thomas with St. Jude around the world to charged with involvement patients. contribute to a magazine in a TV show in which a she created for Muslim Saudi man publicly talked Patients, Families Celebrate (continued on page 14 women. about sex. Target House Anniversary Yasmin Essa, 20, Rozanna al-Yami, 22, launched Modest is believed to be the first Aleppo (above) is one of six ancient heritage sites in the country this year. To Beautiful Muslima in Saudi woman journalist July. The magazine caters US President Barack prosperity for Syria, as commemorate 10 years to be given such a Obama's new dialogue well as an end to its of providing a home- with Damascus heralds political isolation. While away-from-home for Americans Discover the prospect of economic (continued on page 15) (continued on page 25)) St. Jude patients and the Delights of Lebanon Egyptian Cleric Plans their families, Target (continued on page 8) Corp. and St. Jude Tony Thomas, son of St. celebrated milestone with two this School Veil Ban The veils have nothing to do with Jude founder Danny Thomas, celebrated the 10th days of special events anniversary of Target House involving celebrities religion, supporters say with St. Jude patients and their families at the who have helped Fiestaval Carnival. contribute to Target Target House, a House over the years. long-term housing The celebration facility for families of kicked off Sept. 17 patients who are with a Fiestaval Downtown Beirut has returned to reclaim its title “the Paris receiving lifesaving Carnival under a large of the Middle East” and once again international tourists treatment at St. Jude, tent on the St. Jude are returning to sample its many attractions. turned "double-digits" Just as officials from the Israeli invasion in President Obama's new the summer of 2006, the (continued on page 8) administration are country is again opening up talks with becoming a mecca for Syria, its neighbour tourists, this time from CALLAHAN, FL U.S. POSTAGE PERMIT NO. 4 PRSRT STD Lebanon is enjoying the US and Europe as unprecedented well as Saudi Arabia, PAID popularity in the Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE American media. And, and other parts of the Egypt's top Islamic Sunni Islam's premier for once, the news is Arab Gulf. "After years cleric is planning to ban institute of learning, good. of instability, Lebanon is students wearing the face according to an Three years after the getting its groove back," Address Service Requested veil from entering the independent daily ____________________ ____________________ devastation caused by schools of al-Azhar, Syrian-Lebanese Star Jacksonville, FL 32247 (continued on page 9) (continued on page 9) P.O. Box 5545 To All Our Readers & Advertisers From Our Staff Jacksonville News ALSAC St. Jude family bids Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR December 2009 50th Anniversary Weddings Farewell to Richard C. Happy Holidays From: The Georges Khalil-Kelsey Shadyac Sr. STRICKLAND & HOOTEN P.A. Beloved former CEO helped DON’T GET HURT TWICE! shape organizations TRAVERSE CITY, Frances and Jack Mich. - Heidi Kelsey George celebrated their and Michael Khalil, 65th wedding anniversary both of Jacksonville, with a family vacation to were married at 4 p.m. Daytona Beach. Oct. 10 in Bayview They were married Wesleyan Church. Sept. 3, 1944, in St. The bride is the John's Cathedral in daughter of Patricia Jacksonville. She is the and Patrick Kelsey, former Frances Abraham. Traverse City. She is Their children are the granddaughter of Patsy Loughman, Jeanette and Charles Kenneth George and Cooney and Bonnie Friends, family and to 2005. He died Sept. Barbara Perry, all of Kelsey, all of Traverse colleagues are 16, 2009 after battling Jacksonville. City and all of whom mourning the loss of a lengthy illness. The Georges have attended the wedding, former ALSAC CEO Shadyac left an three grandchildren and Richard C. Shadyac Sr., indelible mark on four greatgrandchildren. (continued on page 10) who served from 1992 ALSAC during his tenure as CEO, helping to shepherd the f u n d r a i s i n g organization through the death of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas and presiding over a four-fold increase in DINNER, RAW- BAR, DESSERT, WINE, COCKTAILS fundraising to support the growing needs of Located in Avondale, Orsay is dedicated to St. Jude. craftsmanship, heritage, and thoughtful service David L. McKee, in the French bistro tradition. The wine list has ALSAC's chief been carefully curated to compliment all of the operating officer, dishes,raw bar to omlets, lobster pot pie to our served with Shadyac unparalleled creme brulee, while the cocktails throughout his tenure are crafted in the traditions of fine American bars and speakeasies. and called him “a great leader who helped propel ALSAC and St. Jude to unprecedented heights.” “Mr. Shadyac always said that being CEO of ALSAC wasn't a job. It was a love affair,” McKee said. “We will always remember his devotion, his commitment and his love for the children of St. Jude. He motivated his staff to achieve their best through his own dedication, and he (continued on page10) Jacksonville, FL The Emergence Jesus is the Living Word of Page 3 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR December 2009 of the Bible God, the Buble is the Written in English Word of God Following Tyndale’s We read in the prophet death, King Henry VIII Isaiah 53: 1 "Who hath decided that England believed our report? and needed a ver-nacular to whom is the arm of the Bible. Lord revealed?" The I hope you will chosen by Danny Myles Coverdale Muslims believe that allow me to recognize Thomas, were (1487-1569), another By Brother John their Coran is the last the passing of a great marching orders for dissident who had helped message from God. My Bible known as the Samaha, S.M. member of our St. Dick Shadyac and our Tyndale with translation, answer to the Muslims is Jude family: Richard founding generation. was appointed editor. Bishops' Bible. The that they must understand C. Shadyac Sr. The first is a quote Coverdale did some of “Breeches Bible” was that God is God. He is Dick Shadyac, my from Kahlil Gibran - the translation but: leaned another name for the Almighty. He knows the father, was one of the "He who denies his heavily on the previous Geneva Bible, the first to end from the beginning. legends of ALSAC heritage has no work of Tyndale, and contain verse numbers, He is not a God of and St. Jude. heritage." Danny and omitted the controversial and was made with the confusion or a man to As I contemplated our founders were notes. Calvinists exiled to the that are written in this Rev. Fred Massabni forget to give my father's life I motivated not only by Dubbed the “Great Continent during the the world two books. book: And if any man realized how much the love of children, Bible” because it was so reign of Queen Mary. God said in Revelation shall take away from the three sayings in our but by their desire to large, this version was Coverdale died as a leader 22:18-19 "For I testify words of the book of this Pavilion here in give back to this placed in all English of the Puritans. unto every man that prophecy, God shall take Memphis mirror his country, because of churches by order of From the earlier heareth the words of the away his part out of the journey. Those the opportunities it Henry. Among other political and religious prophecy of this book, If book of life, and out of inscriptions in the gave them. 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He turned Bibles laced with textual and the children of St. and its revisions remained to the children, asking them to share their Jude in your minds notes strongly critical of the pope and Roman the official Catholic New & Old stories, because he and hearts and find a way to continue to Catholicism. The remedy Any Size Project (404) 643-6366 found himself (continued on page 19) support us. As we Your took the first step, interacting with them now let us take you over the threshold. work to cut expenses, Bahman Sigari on a daily basis. It was and to find new the same life force opportunities to help that drove Danny Thomas - that deep, keep the hospital Marietta, GA running on all urgent concern that We work with buyers, sellers & renters ª Specializing in cylinders, we will working with first time and repeat home buyers. 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As it is her career as a Real Estate written in Colossians Broker, and received (continued from page 4) in this book." God doesn't (continued from page 3) 1:15-19 National Federation of numerous awards and change His Republican Women. "Who is the image of citations in recognition of commandments or change Member of the Louisiana the invisible God, the her hard work and His mind to correct a Federation of Republican firstborn of every innovative and ethical mistake. I know for sure Women. She was a creature: For by him were sales practices. She that 75% of the Coran is member of the Louisiana all things created, that are continued her Real Estate taken from the Bible to Law League and in heaven, and that are in practice until her death. deceive the world that the sustaining member of the earth, visible and She is survived by her Coran and the Bible are Alexandria Junior invisible, whether there loving husband of 59 the same. Also, 25% of League. 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They not.” - truly resonates Tell us about your lives, but it's given a encouraged customers to church. give to St. Jude through with consumers. Our church is not just nation back to itself. 313 KING STREET add-ons at the register or During Thanks and a church. We employ Do you see any signs HISTORIC CHARLESTON, SC Giving, people of hope amid all that by purchasing specialty throughout the country four doctors, four violence? merchandise, and will learn, through a dentists, pharmacists, a If you asked me that millions of American full clinic, a school, a 843.722.1776 consumers did not let series of print, broadcast kindergarten and we question two years ago, MONDAY - SATURDAY 9-6 and Internet ads, about during the surge, I would gloomy economic news the remarkable strides St. give all of our people have said yes. ... Iraq is prevent them from Jude is making in curing food every week. And supporting the lifesaving and treating catastrophic we have a congregation (continued on page 20) work of St. Jude. Holiday childhood diseases. of 3,700 people. shoppers purchased plush Celebrity friends Is the church part just pandas at Kay Jewelers Jennifer Aniston, Robin for Westerners in Iraq? and chocolates at Target. Williams, Reggie Bush We have the U.S. At Kmart, Dick's Sporting and Antonio Banderas chapel, with military Goods and Autozone, will once again appear in mainly and some they added donations to television spots for diplomats. And we have their purchases. Thanks and Giving. the Iraqi church. But we Those companies and And the work of the consider ourselves as more are poised to repeat one. And every week we MCCRADY’S NEWEST RESTORATION EFFORT OFFERS GUESTS EXPOSED BRICK hospital will also be that success this year meet as one. 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"Most of the time, we meet. bimonthly online publications, Dr Saadawi differences between Her ready smile is just magazine has attracted took time out to talk to religions are based on a the same, although her more than 800 readers Pat Lancaster lack of knowledge," she from 30 countries, It's several years since said. "We’re not born including the U.K., China I last interviewed Nawal (continued on page 21) hating each other." and Egypt. El Saadawi, maybe as Recent articles Essa, an Egyptian- many as 15, we decide. included profiles of American who is But she still--at Muslim female business majoring in business, approaching 78 years of owners, a story about marketing and age--cuts a striking figure exercising during management, said editing as she strides across the Ramadan and essays from and publishing the non- foyer of her London young Muslim women on profit magazine has hotel. 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However, Courtyard, which all vegetables, both for government plans to received makeovers to Syria's own growing develop new electricity help inspire and agro-industries and for utilities based on solar enhance resident life at export. power and other Target House. The rapid expansion alternative energies "Over the past 10 of the oil-based continue. Private years, Target House economies of Saudi investment in electricity has become such a Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar production and vital part of the St. and the UAE, as well as distribution is being Jude community, that economic growth in welcomed, as are it's hard to remember neighbouring Lebanon, measures to ensure what the hospital was has helped fuel demand investors can benefit like without it," says for Syrian products, from market, rather than Marlo Thomas, including textiles, subsidised, prices. National Outreach pharmaceuticals, cotton Measures to develop Director for St. Jude. and other agricultural another important sector, "More than just a warm produce, according to agriculture, are also and beautiful housing official reports. As a under way. Agriculture facility, it is a safe result, Syria's non-oil contributes 20% of the haven for the moms exports provided more country's gross domestic and dads and children than $12.5bn in revenues product (GDP), but has of St. Jude - a place of in 2007. also been declining in family and community, In March, another recent years, largely due a place of shared new marker of reform to the worst drought journeys of pain and was confirmed when the conditions in 40 years. celebration that is as Damascus Securities Plans to expand much a part of the Exchange opened, irrigation facilities, healing process as the allowing for trading in specially in the western medical treatment the shares of private part of the country and itself. 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