Novelist Joseph Geha reads an excerpt from Kitchen Arabic, a book that is a work-in-progress. The pre-recorded reading was part of a “Toledo Night” that celebrated the city’s historic Arab-American community at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich., on Dec. 11, 2015. The event was co-hosted by The Blade
Fahed Martini and Gigi Sankary, a Syrian couple living in Toledo, are separated from their daughters who have been residing in Turkey, awaiting an interview for admission as refugees into the United States.
The Lebanese Consul General Bilal Kabalan from Detroit answers three questions on why he’s chosen to set up a monthly satellite office at 609 Main St. in Toledo’s east side. The first of the open hours was in November. The consul said he’s already established an attachment with what
By HASAN DUDAR AND KATIE RAUSCH BLADE STAFF Mohammad Reda began cutting hair at his late grandfather, Mohammad’s barbershop in the mountain village of Machghara, in Lebanon. His grandfather, who was also a farmer, taught him the craft, and began by instructing him on the art of the straight-razor
Yehia Shousher wanted to be the mayor of Qaraoun. In 1949 he immigrated from the village in the south of Lebanon to Canada with his mother and two brothers. Four years later, in 1953, he made the move to Toledo. When Mr. Shousher, 85, first left Lebanon, he was