Juliana Taimoorazy builds bridge between Assyrians, non-Assyrians

The Assyrian Journal | March 2018 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago, IL – Juliana Taimoorazy is not bashful when it comes to helping Christians in the Middle East. As the founder and president of Iraqi Christian Relief Council (ICRC), her aggressiveness is part of what makes her such a…


Dallas, Texas fights to restore Assyrian community

The Assyrian Journal | March 2018 | Featured photo by Ted Campbell | By Joe Snell Dallas, TX – Rachel Sangsura and her family file into an old Armenian building in Dallas, Texas. Once inside, they joined nearly 50 other Assyrians that are gathered to celebrate an Assyrian Church of…


Michael Badal paves way for young Assyrian DJs, musical artists

The Assyrian Journal | January 2018 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Los Angeles, CA – Michael Badal pulled up to DJ Club Silk Nightclub in Sacramento with his essential spinning equipment – USB sticks, headphones, and ear plugs. At only seventeen years old, the Assyrian Los Angeles native had just…


Chicago attorney on promoting law education among Assyrian students

The Assyrian Journal | January 2018 | Photos from Assyrian American Bar Association | By Ramsen Shamon Name: Phillip Rehani Hometown: Skokie, Ill. Occupation: Attorney at O’Hagan Meyer, LLC Phillip Rehani, the 30-year-old secretary of the Assyrian American Bar Association, always knew he wanted to find creative ways to help people…


Christmas Spirit spreads in Northern Iraq

The Assyrian Journal | December 2017 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Erbil, Iraq – They may not have been home for the holidays, but for thousands of displaced children in Northern Iraq, Christmas spirit remains thanks to an annual gift giving campaign that all began when a girl, recently…


Vote Assyrian fights for a seat at the table

The Assyrian Journal| October 2017 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago – Last January, Ashur Shiba joined 61 Assyrian community leaders throughout Chicago to become a certified deputy registrar. The event was part of Vote Assyrian, an initiative started in 2015 by Billy Haido and Ramsin Benjamin that registers…


Tournament draws Chicago’s best Assyrian golfers

The Assyrian Journal| September 2017 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago – Bailey Bitbabo was only nine years old when she competed in her first Assyrian Open golf tournament in 2014. Only two years later in 2016, as the youngest competitor in the field and only woman, she shot the…


Thousands attend first annual Assyrian Food Festival in Chicago

The Assyrian Journal| September 2017 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago –  This year, Julie Kako was determined to put on an Assyrian Food Festival in Chicago. As the Special Events Coordinator for the Assyrian Church of the East (ACOE) Chicago Diocese Executive Committee, Kako knew that the church’s…


Expansion, rebranding ushers in new AUAF era

The Assyrian Journal| August 2017 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago – On the afternoon of May 7, Tiglat Issabey greeted Assyrians as they packed into the newly renovated Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation (AUAF) community center in Lincolnwood, Illinois. It was the center’s grand opening, and the long road to…