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Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
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v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
January 1, 2006
Frequency:
monthly
regular

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Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

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UF00028363:00047

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Material Information

Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
January 1, 2006
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
System ID:
UF00028363:00047

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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY


SERVING AMERICANS
Celebrating 39


OF ARABIC HERITAGE
Years of Service


MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
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Holding, has announced
It will launch a Dhlbn
($272m) Investment fund
that will target
opportunities In the
Jordanian economy.
Jordan offers a wealth of
Investment opportunities,
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News About
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Project!!!
During the Southern
Federation Convention in
June and the Midwest
Federation Convention in
August an appeal and a
decision was made to fill
out petition forms to
request the U.S. Postal
Service print a stamp in

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ALSAC welcomes new CEO
John P. Moses


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Mid- Winter 2006
Hosted by:
The Cedars of Lebanon Club
Jackson, Mississippi

Y'all Come, You Hear

March 2 5-9 2006

Come enjoy:
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Smell of Magnolias and
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On July 1, John P.
S Moses took the helm as
chief executive officer for
1 gftif &d-raising
arm i' Jt: Children's
Research Hospital. Moses
becomes only the fifth
person to lead ALSAC as
CEO since the institution
was founded in 1957.
Moses follows Michael
F. Tamer (1957-1974),
Fred P. Gattas (1975-
1976), Baddia Rashid
(1976-1992) and Richard
C. Shadyac (1992-2005).


Moses was unanimously


selected for the position
by the ALSAC Board of
Directors and will oversee
(continued on page 12)


Eight Senior Prom Princesses
Honored


The First Annual
Senior Prom honored
ladies over 65 who were
nominated by their home
club for their loyalty and
outstanding leadership. A
presentation was held
during the Grand Banquet
when their
accomplishments were
announced. Selection of
the Senior Prom Princess
was by a drawing.

(continued on page 19)


Senior Prom Princess


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First American Official Signals
For Syrian Regime Change


"The Time has
come for change in
Syria ... The Assad
Baath is like the
Saddam Baath"
Syracuse, New York-
Speaking before a room
full of students and
faculty at the Maxwell
School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs at Syracuse
University last night, the


Honorable Walid Maalouf
USAID's Director of
Public Diplomacy for
Middle Eastern and MEPI
Affairs, became the first
American official to
publicly signal for regime
change in Syria. In his
capacity at USAID, Mr.
Maalouf's speech seems
to reflect an unambiguous
escalation in the

(continued on page 10)


Walid Maalouf's Remarks


Director, Public Diplomacy
for Middle Eastern & MEPI
Affairs At the U.S. Agency
for International
Development
The SATSA Maxwell
School for Citizenship and
Public Administration,
Syracuse University,
Syracuse, New York
It is a privilege to
speak before this
distinguished' group of the
Student Association for
Terrorism and Security
Analysis at the Maxwell
School for Citizenship
and Public Administration
of Syracuse University.


Thank you for inviting me
to participate in this panel
and discuss the U.S.
Agency for International
Development's role in
development, democracy
and freedom throughout
the broader Middle East
and North Africa.
Recent developments
around the world have put
democracy on the front
burner. Crowds surged
through the streets of
Kiev, Tiblisi, Beirut and
Bishkek. Millions of men

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for St. Jude


support


Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie Walnuts on the hit HBO drama,
The Sopranos, toasts St. Jude during a fund-raising event he hosted.


The "family" was all
there on July 30 when Tony
Sirico called on the. entire


cast of the HBO series The
Sopranos to support a fund-
(continued on page 17)


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These past two months
have been filled with
challenges and
opportunities. Perhaps the
biggest of these
challenges was caused by
Hurricane Katrina and its
aftermath.
I am happy to report to
you that we at ALSAC
met immediately after the
devastation was realized,
We all agreed that
ALSAC's immediate and
primary responsibility
was to the children being
treated for cancer (and
their families) who had
been displaced. We let no
time pass before we met
with the hospital staff.
Dave McKee and our
staff knew that the
hospital would seize this
opportunity to meet our
mission. The cooperation,
between the leadership of
the hospital and ALSAC
was fantastic.: Many
thanks must be given to


Dr. Bill Evans and his
dedicated staff.
Working together, a
team was sent to the
devastated area with
medicine and supplies.
This team was lead by our
chief medical officer, Dr.
Joe Mirro. ALSAC
worked hand in hand with
the hospital in providing
airplanes and being sure
that this message was
properly sent to our
donors and volunteers. To
date we are assisting
approximately 120
children and their
(continued on page 17)


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way that seems right to
man, but the end thereof is
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Club News from The Cedars
of Lebanon, Tyler Texas


president, Nicholas
Romero; Bea Bacile,
Secretary; Sally Bearden,
Treasurer; Jim Plumb, Pat
Khan, Danny Saleh, and
Charles and Dana Khan.
Outgoing presidents
have done a great job
building up the Club and
the members have
experienced many

Singing
Khoury
brothers part
of Waco trivia
A popular game among a
certain generation of lo
cal citizens starts with the
words, "You know you're
'old waco' if ..." One
challenge is to name the four
Khoury brothers, the sons of a
Syrian immigrant who came
to Waco in 1902 at age 10 and
eventually made a
woodworking business into a
dynasty.
One of those Waco-bom
sons, retired Prudential
Insurance executive Fred,
now 77, said he is honored the
family is so well-known here
as to be "trivia."
His brothers, the other
"answers" to the query, are:
Ernest, 78; Rollin, 70; and
,their late brother Theodore,
who died 18 months ago at
age 73.
There's nothing trivial
about their love of family and
music, which binds them
together. Ernest, a tenor; Fred,
a bass; and Rollin, a baritone,
have performed nearly every
Sunday for more than 50
years in the Nave Choir at St.
Paul's Episcopal Church of
Waco.
Their immigrant parents -
Elias "Alex" Khoury of Syria
and Theodora Nahoum of
Tripoli, Lebanon were
Eastern Orthodox Christians.
But because they could find
no such church here when
they married in October 1921;
they found the Episcopal
church to be an acceptable
substitute.
The Khoury boys said they
credit their eldest sibling,
Lillian Davidson, 83, for.
getting them, interested in
culture. The "grand dame" of
(continued on page 18)


include, restored flooring
and ceiling, new curtains
for the stage, updated


ladies restroom, outside
painting, a new circle
(continued on page 18)


improvements over the
past years. To their credit,
in just the last 3 or 4 years
the Tyler Club, which is
over 50 years in existence,
has made close to $50,000
of improvements. It has
had a new face lift not only
on the inside but on the
outside as well. Some of
the major improvements






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The Star is published once per month by A.M. Coplan. The Star is an independent
.monthly serving Americans of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over,40 years.
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
The Syrian-Lebanese Star
Publisher and Editor...A. M. Coplan
For Advertising Information Write PO.Box 5545
Jacksonville, Florida 32247 Phone (904) 737-6996
Postmaster-send change of address to the above address
Please send your letters, news stories, pictures and club activities to
The Editor's Desk.
4251 University Blvd. S., Suite 201, Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Subscription Rate: $15.00 per year


Kristina Bucaram
Daughter of Arluro and Sandra Bucaram
MED Club of Houston. Texas
Houston, Texas
Cedars Club of Atlanta Scholarship
Donor. Cedars Club of Atlanta
Hamra-Homra Club, Inc. Scholarship
Donor' Hamra-Homra Family Club


Ashley Busada
Daughter of Barry and Terry Busada
Synan Lebanese Club of Allen Parish
Shreveport, Louisiana
Lebanese American Country Club of Louisville,
Kentucky Scholarship
Donor- The members of the Lebanese American
Country Club of Louisville. Kentucky


Leah Coury
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The George and Harris Nader Scholarship
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Gibran Stamp
(continued from page 1)
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Among many reasons for
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this is especially
important in the time in"
which we now live.
In research on
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stamp in honor of Kahlil
Gibran, we found that
Kahlil Gibran was placed
"under consideration"
eight years ago by the
Citizens Stamp Ad% isory
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is to evaluate the merits of
all stamp ,proposals.
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for the Stamp (which can
be copied from this
newsletter) and have them
get the petitions filled out.
Any U.S. Citizen can sign
the form, so having names
belonging to all
nationalities can only
support our efforts:
It is very easy to get
names on the petitions.
Just ask. It has been my
experience that one
person.out of 25 might not
sign, but then you have


twenty-five signatures! If
you ask people who are
not familiar with Gibran,
. they may-ask who he is
before they sign. When
you tell them he was a
poet, artist and
philosopher who. has
uplifted many, especially
college students, and that
you have a particular
interest in him being on a
stamp in preference to
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MARYLAND / VIRGINIA/ WASHINTON, D.C.


Gibran Stamp
(continued from page 8)
and reach for the pen you
ofter them.
Leading the nation .in
signatures is a group in
Milwaukee. Wisconsin.
Since hearing about the
stamp project at the.
Midwest Federation
Convention in August.
they've sent in over 1500
signatures and are still
getting many more.
Michae! Aboul-Zelof says
he has a restaurant near a
college and the professors
and the students are happy
to sign the petitions he has
on the counter.
It is really very easy to
get the forms filled. If you
get your parents, brothers,
sisters, inlawvs, nieces,
nephews, etc., to sign, that
in itself would easily fill
up forms. Think what you
could get if you take it to.
your club meetings.
bowling league.
workplace, etc. If you are
a member of a Federation


Club, make sure your club
members get these done,
and mail them in. If your a
mefiber of a church, be:
sure to take petitions to
church and have everyone
there take a form to fill
out and return it to you the
following Sunday.
URGENT. -
TIMING IS
IMPORTANT
We have also found out
that the Stamp Selection
Committee works at least
two years ahead of
printing the stamp, and
that commemorative
stamps usually will be
issued on significant.
anniversaries on the
subject's birth- The 125th
anniversary of Gibran's
birth is in 2008. That
gives us a better chance!
That also means that if his
stamp is selected, it will
be printed in 2007. Since
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must be sent into. the
Stamp. Committee by
December of. 2005.
Therefore, continue
sending the petitions to
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Ellington Drive, Franklin,
TN 37064, (615) 790-
9413, so that they can be
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Conunittee in December.
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those sending in the most
completed petition forms
would be recognized in a
very special way at the.
Midwest and Southern
Federation's Conventions.
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only a few forms, you will


have contributed and a
few from everyone can
really add up.
We also need letters
sent to the Stamp
Committee. We have
been informed that in the
letters we need- to
highlight Gibran's
accomplishments, and
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ALABAMA / MISSISSIPPI


Regime Change
(continued from page 1)
American position
towards Syria and may
prove indicative of. an
official policy towards a
change in its regime.
Following a thorough
historical analysis
provided by, American
Lebanese Coordination
Council (ALCC)
Secretary General Pierre
A. Maroun, Mr. Maalouf
constructed an early
premise in the words of
Thomas Paine that "no
man or country can. be
really free- unless all men
and all countries arefree."
In FY2005, USAID alone
is slated to have spent an
estimated $3.7 billion in
aid to the Middle East and
North Africa, including,
just over $1.5 billion in
Afghanistan, $531 million
in Egypt, and $40 million
in Lebanon, to further the
aim of providing
transparent. sustainable,
democratic and


humanitarian assistance to
the broader Middle East.
Responding squarely to
a speech delivered by
Syrian President Assad to
Damascus University
exactly one week prior
though, Mr. Maalouf
noted that: "Instead of
speaking about social and
political reform in Syria
and new economic
opportunities for the
Syrian people, 15 out of
18 pages of his speech
were about regional
politics and his
interference in other
countries' affairs ... Today
Syria's Baath is not a
regional power and to our
knowledge no one in Iraq,
the'Palestinian Territories,
or Lebanon has appointed
President Bashar Al-
Assad as their
spokesman." "The time
has come for change in
Syria," Mr. Maalouf
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Gibran Stamp
(continued from page 9)
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TEXAS / NEW MEXICO


Arab Driving
(continued from page 11)
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convention. "You will
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ALSAC CEO
(continued from page 12)
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He later gradiiated from
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School of Law, where he
received the Theodore L..
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American Bar Association
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is a member of the
National Association of
Criminal : Defense
Lawyers and the
Pennsylvania Association
of Criminal. Defense


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large number of civic and
charitable organizations.
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received the Ellis Island
Medal of Honor for his
achievements. He was,
recently awarded the
Distinguished Citizen
Award from the. Boy
Scouts of America, the
Pennsylvania Criminal
Defense Lawyers'
Advocacy Award and was
inducted. into the.
N o r t h e a s. t e r n
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Hall of Fame. He was
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Maalouf Remarks
(continued from page I)
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ALSAC CEO
(continued from page 13)
Pennsylvania and as a
leader on the Board of
Directors and Governors
at ALSAC and St. Jude.
He has the full support of
our Board, and we look
forward to working. with
John productively in the
years ahead." Moses
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Board of Directors of
Blue. Cross of
N o-r t h e a s t e r. n
Pennsylvania and: also


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Directors
National
Bank.


the Board of
of First
Community


fix; this is why President
George W. Bush
recognizes in his National
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development and
diplomacy are as
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building a safer, freer and
better world. To this end
the Department of State
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Massabni
(continued from page 3)
the way of death.
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many like this man. They
hear preachers' warnings
about the dangers that lie
before them, but they still
refuse to listen to the voice
of God. They continue to
live according to their own
traditions, satisfied, not
knowing that they are on
the wrong way in life and
facing great judgement.
As I was a station
master on the railroad in
Syria, I had a switch man.
His job was to direct the
trains according to their
destination. Of course the
passengers don't notice
this operation. In these
days, Satan is a switch
man. He can change the
course of your life and you


will never notice it. This is
the reason God told us to
examine the spirits.
I pray that the Lord will
open the eyes of the Arabs
to know Jesus Christ
personally so that they may
escape the wrath of God,
because I love them. God
is love and brought us to
the USA to know Christ, to
be saved. It is up to us to
believe or not. Many
people think they will go to
heaven, but they will land
in hell. What is your loss if
you believe in Jesus, the
Son of God? The Bible
says that if our Gospel be
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are lost. The glorious
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


Samaha
(continued from page 3)
also celebrated the coming
of the emperor.
The word "adveiit" was
suitable to describe the
coming of the Son of God
in the temple of his flesh.
Gradually the use of this
word was limited to
describe the coming of the
Lord. This advent, the
coming of the Lord and the
anniversary of his birth,
replaced the advent and:
birth of the unvanquished
sun of the winter solstice.
This use of the ,word
"advent" gained


Barkatullah
(continued from page 3)
reproach them, but
always address them
with kind speech. And
lower them the wing of
humility out of
tenderness and say 'My
Lord, have Mercy on
them even as they
Snourished :me when I
was a little child."


prominence during the
reign of the Emperor
Constantine (306-337). To
grant tolerance to all
religions and to allow the
open practice of
Christianity, he issued the
Edict of Milan in 313. As
Christian feasts were
adopted and celebrated,
pagan festivals were soon
replaced and forgotten.
The ancient idea of
advent underlies the
prayers of advent that call
forth the coming of-the
Lord, often with the same
image ofthe temple.
Generally Advent
signals a time to prepare


(17:24-25) FN.
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should never speak
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much less act unkindly
towards them.
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today, in our world, where
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nor can avail thee
aught? 0 my father,
there has indeed come
to me knowledge such
has not come to thee, so
follow me, I will guide
thee to a straight path 0
my father worship not
Satan, surely Satan is a
rebel against the
Gracious God. 0 my
father, I fear lest a


Church, in the Sacraments,
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meaning of Advent. From
the beginning of the
liturgical year we celebrate
the whole panorama of the
mystery of salvation
history.
The variety of this
season is not only
desirable, it is truly
appropriate because
Advent is oriented toward
the one who has come once
and for all, who is coming,
and who will come.


punishment from the
Gracious God siezes the
and thou become a
friend of Satan." (19:43-
46)
"0 men seek protection
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will not be of any avail
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Barkatullah
(continued from page 16)
his father Allah's:
Promise is surely true ;
So let .not the worldly
life beguile you nor let
the Deceiver deceive
you concerning Allah"
(31-54) .. :
9. "And when you have
performed the acts of

Soprano's Support
continuedd from page 2)
raising event to benefit St.
Jude.
The first-time event
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Peter and Marie Castellana
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Moses Truly Yours
(continued from page 2)
'families. This is truly the
mission of St. Jude.'
Now that we have met
the immediate
lihuimanitarian needs of
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victims, we assure you
that -w.e- ill. continue.. to


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more. (Eng
Com.Vol. 1,P.262)
10. "My Lord, they have
disobeyed me (Noah)
and followed one whose
wealth and children
have only added to his
loss." (71:22)
11 "And that you slay not
your children for fear of
poverty, It is We who
provide for you and for
DiScala, Lorraine Bracco.
Robert Iler, Dominic
Chiahese and more.
Guests were treated to
Italian treats ; at food
stations such as "Tony's
Spumoni" and a live
serenade of Italian music.
Even Dominic Chianese


However, this is for a later
time after the needs of
these children and: their
families have been niet.
One thing I have
learned from this tragedy
is that ALSAC has .a
devoted staff, and when
we work closely with the
dedicated staff of our
hospital anything can be


them". (6:141;
6:152;17:32.) F.N. The
'slaying of children'
may also signify the
questionable practice of
birth-control, as well as
abortion, encouraged in
modem society. (
E n g .C o m
Ref.No.1613) .


("Uncle Junior") joined in
the singig. The evening
also included raffles and an
auction of The Sopranos
memorabilia to help raise
more money for St. Jude. In
the end, the event garnered
a total of $465,000 for the
hospital.


done. However, I know
that none of this could
'happen without the
support of the thousands
of volunteers and donors
who help to keep the
dream of Danny Thomas
alive. To our friends and
family in the devastated
Gulf area, please be
(continued on page 18)


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Club News
(continued from page 4)
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entryway, newly
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fencing around-the pond
and updated landscaping
around the grounds. All of


Singing Khourys
(continued from page 4)
the family, Rollin said, still
lives in Waco.
"Our sister had a lot to do
with our being involved with
music all these \ ears'" said
Fred who recalled the
evenings when they listened
to radio programs like the
voice e of Firestone" and the


these improvements are
enjoyed by the members
and have made the rental
of our facilities more
attractive to the city of
Tyler.
All of our members
continue to work in giving
their time and offering
their assistance in so many


"Bell Telephone Hour," both
of which highlighted classical
music.
"If there is an opera on the
radio, she's listening," said
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family business, Khoury, Inc.,
.located at 1129 Webster
Avenue. The company,
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CALIFORNIA


Singing Khourys
(continued from page 4)
buildings.
'We all love opera, we
attend opera, I even sang in
one," Rollin said, recalling his
stint in the choruses of
"Carmen" and "La Traviata"
for the Lyric Opera of Waco.
While some brothers enjoy
arguing about sports, the
Khourys are more apt to
banter about Bach and the
"all-stars" of opera, Like
Puccini and Verdi.
"Placido Domingo was
Theodore's favorite," Rollin
said. "And we were all kind of
partial to Jussi Bjorling, a


superlative tenor no doubt,
and a pretty good drinker to
boot.
That passionate love of
music is reflected in the
practice of their faith, the
brothers said.
"Church is a big part of our
life," said Rollin, a Waco
attorney and a former
Republican state
representative. "We're
probably all the more
involved because we grew up
with an appreciation for the
greater composers of the
ages.'
Ernest and Fred have been
singing in the choir since the
mid-1940s. Rollin was 10


when he started singing in
1945. They all served as
acolytes as well.
The Khourys said the only
time they did not sing at St.
Paul was when they were in
college or the military, and
then they sang for the
churches where they were
stationed.
Ernest, for example, was a
member of the Singing Cadets
ensemble during his Texas
A&M University days before
his January 1947 graduation.
Since his return to town 58
years ago, he has been
recruited to sing at hundreds
of weddings and funerals in
the greater Waco area.


For 17 years, Ernest also
was a cantor for Temple
Rodof Sholom, the Reform
Synagogue of Waco,
performing liturgical music
with Dorothy Crozier, now
81.
"Ernest can sing as well in
Hebrew as he can in English,"
Rollin said. Because he and
his brothers often step in when-
St. Paul's worship leaders
need help, Rollin joshes that
they are the "oldest acolytes in
the Anglican Communions."
Editor's Note: Frederick
Khoury stepped forward to
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