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…

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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…


Etuti Institute inspires youth with new leadership program

Dooreh, Iraq – After hiking the jagged mountains of Hakkari in northern Iraq, once an area serving as the north Assyrian frontier, and visiting an ancient Saint George church that dates back to the early years A.D., participants of the inaugural Etuti Institute’s Leadership Program were greeted by one of…