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SORNet is a directory of Syriac Orthodox Christians on the internet from all over the world. Beyond being a mere directory, it offers a glimpse into the diversity of people all over the world professing the Syriac Orthodox Christian faith.

The Syriac Orthodox Resources Editorial Board invites all Syriac Orthodox Christians to be enlisted on SORNet. Please send an email to the Web Master with a brief bio including full name, family name, place of origin, current place of residence, education, occupation, family, any interests you would like to share, parish affiliation, any church activities, etc. Please note that the directory is intended for the Syriac Orthodox Church members, although on request others from churches of Syriac tradition are also listed.

Name Brief Biographical Sketch Parish Affiliation URL
Abraham, Abey Born in 1973. Native of Kottayam, Kerala. Deacon, Board of Trustees secretary and Youth League President at the St. George's church, Bethany, OK. Nursing Science student at Oklahoma City Community College. St. George's, Bethany, OK  
Abraham, Dn. Joshy C. Deacon Joshy was born in Neendapara in Ernakulam District, Kerala, and belongs to the Chembakasseril family. He graduated in Civil Engineering from Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam, Kerala in 1990 and now works as a Planning Engineer in Dubai. He was ordained deacon in March 1999. He is very keenly interested in church history, theology and teachings of the Holy Fathers and is very concerned about the deterioration of the Holy places and monasteries of our church in the Middle east. St. John's, Chempankuzhy, Kerala
St. Mary's, Sharjah
Abraham, Dr. Mathews Born in Kerala, India, Dr. Mathews studied at C.M.S. College, Kottayam and graduated in Medicine from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1972. He obtained a post graduate diploma in Tropical Medicine from Liverpool University, England in 1984. While in India, Dr. Mathews was a member of the John the Baptist Attamangalam Church of Kumarakom, in the Kottayam Diocese of Malankara, and has been a member of St.Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Sharjah, U.A.E since its inception in 1980. He served as the Vice President of the Church Building Committee which built the new church in Sharjah. This is the first church of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church in the Middle East and was consecrated by H.H. Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka 1 Iwas on 28th November, 1997. Dr. Mathews resides in Sharjah, U.A.E. with his wife and 3 children and runs a private Polyclinic. St. Mary's, Sharjah, U.A.E.  
Abraham, Thomas Thomas was born in 1954 in the Thandasseril family, Thiruvanchoor, Kottayam. He graduated from CMS College Kottayam in 1974 and is employed as a productivity consultant in Bahrain, where he migrated to in 1977. He was one of the founding members of the St Peter's Church in Manama (established in 1978) and continues to serve in the managing committee. He also teaches Sunday School Xth grade. Thomas was selected to represent the Christian community in Bahrain in a Hindu-Christian-Muslim dialogue conducted in 2002, by the 'Discover Islam' organization sponsored by the government of Bahrain. St. Mary's, Manarcaud
St. Peter's, Manama, Bahrain
Acis, Gewargis bar Iskender Gewargis was born in 1974 in Arnas, a place near Midyat in Tur-Abdin, Turkey. He immigrated to the Netherlands in 1980. He is a student of theology in the third year at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, residing at St. Ephrem's monastery in Glane, Losser. He also serves as a sub-deacon in the Mar Ignatius church at Rijssen. He hopes to continue his education at the theological seminary in Damascus, Syria. Mar Ignatius, Rijssen, Netherlands  
Addeh, Dolfen Dolfen was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1975 although her family is originally from Miden, Turkey. She has a degree in Honours Social Sciences, and has also recently graduated with a B.A. in a Joint Honours Program in Classical Archaeology and Anthropology. She has majored in three areas: International Studies, Jewish Studies, and Quebec and Canada Studies. She is currently enrolled in the Masters degree program in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her main area of focus is Syrian Archaeology. Apart from archaeology, her other passions include the study of languages, both ancient and modern, and reading. St. Jacques Cathedral, Montreal  
Akkaya, Emelin Emelin's parents, Yahko and Naila Akkaya originally are from Enhil, a village near the City of Mardin, Turkey and migrated to Wiesbaden, Germany as foreign workers at the end of the sixties. Her fatherīs family is called Sohdo and her mother's Gahja. Emelin was born in 1972 as the eldest of five children in Wiesbaden, where she attended grammar school. Afterwards she received training in a computer firm in economics and is currently studying education science and linguistics at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz. Her interests are in didactic and psychological aspects of learning. Besides she took part in a university program on migration and comparing education systems in Europe. She also has interests in computer linguistics. She hopes to leverage her varied interests in developing learning software and building up a social network that supports her church. St Gabriel, Wiesbaden  
Atas, Luc Luk's origins are in Bťkusyonť in Tur'abdin, but current resides in Belgium. He finished school in 2002 and is currently a studying engineering. He loves to learn Syriac and is currently a qoruyo at his church. Holy Virgin, Brussels  
Akinci, Avgin Avgin's roots are in Marbobo, Turkey but has resided in Belgium since 1980 when he was four. He has gone back to his village once but found no one there since everyone had fled the village due to the difficult circumstances there. He has three brothers and two sisters. Avgin likes to play football and other sports. He works with his brothers.    
Aksan, Jack Turan Turan was born in Keban, Turkey, in 1971. His family emigrated to Stockholm, Sweden, in 1976, where he completed high school studies in natural science. In 1990, Turan left for Seattle, USA to begin university studies at Pacific Lutheran University. After completing a bachelor's degree in economics, he moved to Luxembourg to work for Merrill Lynch as a banker. In 2002, Jack founded a company based in Zurich and serves as the chief executive officer of the company. Turan's family continues to reside in Sweden. Turan is interested in establishing contacts with people of the Syriac origin who are active in the business community in Europe, USA and Middle East.
Allaf, Kerim & Patricia Born in Mardin, Turkey, Kerim moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16. Kerim holds a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering. He is actively involved in the activities of St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Burbank. He has served as the Youth Club President, School Founding President, member of the Board of Trustees and an active member of the choir. Patti was born in Detroit, Michigan, where she lived for 18 years. She has also been actively involved in the church having served as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Vice President, etc. The couple have a son Gabriel. St. Ephraim's, Burbank, CA  
Alyassi, Naofal Abu Naofal was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1966 in Abu Alyassi family. His grandparents in the Abu Alyassi and Abdul Noor families were well-known for their contributions to the church, having built the church in Mosul. Noafal's family left Mosul and settled at Boston, but he has resided in Canada since 1995. Naofal finished his dentistry degree in Canada and is registered with the Royal College of Dental Surgeon in Ontario. He practices dentistry in Ontario where he has an office; he also travels around Ontario to see senior citizens who cannot go to dental offices due to age or illness. Naofal also studied computer science at CDI college in Mississauga. He is single. Currently he attends a Coptic church. Mor Yousif, Mosul al Jadida  
Ammari, Rami & Anz, Nancy Rami and Nancy are originally from Amman, Jordan and currently reside in New Jersey. Rami has an undergraduate degree in accounting from L.A.U., Beirut, Lebanon. He also has an MBA degree in Finance from Rutgers University. He currently works as a financial analyst. Nancy has an undergraduate degree in Public Administration/Political Science from the University of Jordan, Amman and is currently fully engaged in raising their one-year-old son, Majed. St. Mark's Cathedral, Teaneck, NJ  
Amorelli, Chuck Shoukri Chuck was born in 1979 in New Jersey, USA and continues to live there. His family hails from Halab, Syria. He attends Montclair State University. Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ  
Andrews, Jayan Jayan was born and brought up in Mundakayam in Kerala. He belongs to St. Simons Syrian Orthodox Church in Velloor, Pampady, Kottayam. Jayan migrated to New York in 1989 and since January 1998, he is in Lakewood, Colorado pursuing a doctorate in Renewable Energy Dynamics. His wife is Tissy and they have a daughter Ponnu born in 1990.    
Anz, Samir Born in Jordan, Samir completed Ph.D. in Chemistry at UCLA in 1996. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at CalTech. Samir serves on the executive committee of the SOR Editorial Board. St. Ephraim's, Burbank, CA  
Arboyo, Matay Arsan Born in Turabdin, South-East Turkey, Matay migrated with his family in 1980 when four years old to the Netherlands. Currently a student at the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam. Mor Shimun Zeyte, Oldenzaal, Netherlands  
Arslan, Jean Jean was born in 1972 in the village of Anhil (12 km south from Midyat) in Tur `Abdin. He migrated to France in 1980 where he completed his technical education. Jean works as a Information Systems Director in a firm in Paris. He is the designer and webmaster of a French website for the Syriac Orthodox Church and is authoring a book on Syriac Saints of Tur `Abdin in French. Jean is married with two children Emily-Hannah and Lukas. Holy Virgin Mary, Montfermeil, France (French)
Ashkar, Anthony Ghassan Anthony is fourteen years old (as of Jan 99) and resides in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. He has two older sisters, Maryanne (see below) and Leen who is seventeen and enrolled in Poly Prep, C.D.S. Tony's father is a nephrologist from Safita and belongs to the Ashkar family; his mother is an engineer from Saidnaya. He visits Syria with his family every summer for three months. One of his favorite places to visit is Dayr Saidnaya one of the largest Christian places of worship in Damascus. He also enjoys Il Ela`h in Safita, where his uncle Malek resides. Anthony is a member of Saint Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church, Bay Ridge, where he is an altar-boy as well as a member of the teen Syrian Orthodox Youth Organization. Tony would love to get to know other Syrian Orthodox congregations and people and correspond with them. St. Mary's, Bay Ridge, NY Home Page
Ashkar, Maryanne Though born in the United States, Maryanne visits Syria, the land of her origins, every other summer. Her parents are from Safita and Saidnaya. Maryanne resides currently in Brooklyn, New York. She is twenty years old (as of Jan 99) and a third year pre-Med student at New York University, majoring in psychology. She enjoys spending a lot of time with her family and friends. She has a younger sister and a younger brother. She attends St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and is also involved in the Senior Syrian Orthodox Youth Organization there. Maryanne is very interested in learning more about her church and its history. St. Mary's, Bay Ridge, NY  
Atto, Neurez Neurez was born in 1972 in Mzizah, Tur-Abdin. She migrated in 1980 with her family to Enschede in the Netherlands. Currently she is studying 'Culture, Organization and Management' at the Free University in Amsterdam. Mar Kuryakos Church, Enschede, Netherlands  
Ayaz, Sabri Structural Engineer Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary, Parsmus, NJ  
Baby, Suresh Suresh is a software engineer currently based in San Jose, California. His parents hail from Velyinadu and Arakkunam in Ernakulam district, Kerala. Suresh was born and raised in Bangalore and was an active member of the St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church, Bangalore.    
Bachir, NoŽl NoŽl was born in 1968 at Qamishly, Syria. His family comes from Idel in Turkey. NoŽl has lived in Brussels since 1992 and works at the Volkwsagen auto factory. NoŽl is single.    
Barsoum, Elia Originally from Kharpout-Elazig Turkey, now living in Beirut. Elia holds a Masters degree in operations research from Twente Universiteit in the Netherlands. Currently, he works as a GIS expert and application developer in Beirut for Beirut Cargo Center BCC. He developed LEARN SYRIAC multimedia Windows application and designed and developed SERTO, Madenhaia and Estrangelo shareware TTF fonts for WINDOWS (Arabic and standard English version). His hobbies include Syriac heritage (writing and music), oil painting, computers, chess and football. Mor Jacob Alsouroji, Bouchrieh-Beirut Home Page
Barsoum, Gaby Hanna Born in Beirut, Lebanon; ancestors from Medin in Tur Abdin, South-East Turkey. Moved to California in 1975. MBA 1979 with specialization in International Marketing and Finance. Currently self-employed as real-estate and mortgage broker. Past President, Board of Directors, St. Ephraim's Cathedral, Burbank, CA and currently serves on various committees of the Western Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese. St. Ephraim's, Burbank, CA  
Marwan Karim Bishara Born in Qamishly-Syria in 1955, Marwan immigrated to the US in 1972. He graduated with B.S. in Biology, got married in 1982 to a Palestinian girl from Sts. Peter & Paul church in Detroit. The couple has two kids Christina & Thomas. Marwan is currently in the fine wine business in San Diego, California.    
Can, Tezcan Born in 1974 at Istanbul, Turkey, Tezcan now lives in Linkoping, Sweden. His parents are originally from Kerburan, Tur Abdin. Tezcan completed his education as a flight engineer and works as a Systems Validation Engineer at Saab Aerospace in LinkŲping, Sweden.   Suryoyo World
Candan, Fuat Fuat was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1974, graduated from University of Istanbul and came to the U.S. in 1997. Fuat resides in New Jersey and attends St. Gabriel Church in Hackensack. St. Gabriel, Hackensack, NJ  
Celik, Abraham Abraham is a telecom engineer residing in Sydney, Australia. His family is from Kerburan. Mor Ephrem's, Sydney  
Celik, Kennedi Applications Consultant, Sydney, Australia. Mor Ephrem's, Sydney  
Chacko, Rajesh Raj belongs to Arakkunnam near Piravom, Kerala, although he was born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1973 and brought up in New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and also in Kerala. He migrated to the US in 1993 and currently works with US Robotics while pursuing MS in Computer Science at De Paul University. Maintains the web page for St. Peter's church, Chicago. St. Peter's Church, Chicago Home Page
Chamoun, Rania Senior at UCLA majoring in international economics. Joining UCLA Law School in Fall 97. President of the Lebanese cultural society at UCLA. Finds time for skiing, jet skiing, camping, hiking, reading, sleeping, movies, dancing, and hanging out with friends!! First woman on SORNet. St. Ephraim's, Burbank  
Chemmathu, Gijo Jacob Gijo belongs to Chemmathu, Kaliankal Mannukkunnel family in Manarcaud, Kottayam. He graduated with a Bachelors in Economics from S.B College, Changanassery, in 1995 and is currently a Sales & Marketing Manager at United Marketing International in Bahrain, where he has lived since 2001. St. Mary's, Manarcaud
St. Peter's, Bahrain
Cheriyan, Fr. Thomas Poothicote Fr. Thomas was born in Mepral, near Thiruvalla, Kerala, but his family migrated to Erumely in Kottayam District. He belongs to the Poothicote family and his native parish is St. John's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Mepral. Fr. Thomas graduated with BA and BD from Bishop's College, Calcutta. He was consecrated priest by Metropolitan H.G. Mor Coorilose Kuriakose on 21st July 1995. Fr. Thomas now serves as vicar of St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in U.A.E. He is married to Susan. St. John's, Abu Dhabi.  
Cheriyan, Jai Abe Jai was born on 19 March, 1970 to Cheriyan Abraham and Mary M Mathew, of Karimpanackal family, Cheppad, Alappuzha. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore University and works for Cognizant Technology Solutions India. His wife, Siju is also an IT professional, employed with IBM. He is blessed with a son Alan, studying in primary class. His brother, Fr. Aji (Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal, MTh) serves as a secretary to His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, Patriarch of the Apostolic See of Antioch & All the East, the supreme head of our Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. He also has a sister, Jeena, married to Dr. Ashok Thomas. St. George's, Cheppaud Home Page
Daniel, K.J. Daniel was born in May 1949. He is an Interventional Technologist and his wife Lilly is a senior nurse in Doha, Qatar. They have two daughters, the elder one, Dally, a lawyer married to an Vinod, a Computer Engineer, now residing in Singapore with their daughter, Neha. Their younger daughter, Dimple, is an MBA graduate and is a Shipping Sales Executive married to Rajesh, a Finance Manager in Doha. St. George Salem, Mezhuveli, Thumpamon Diocese
St. James, Doha, Qatar
Deniz, Yamo M. Yamo has an MD from University of Massachusetts (1994) and did his residency in Pediatrics at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and fellowship at Duke University. He is actively involved in the Suryoye Medical Association.    
Ertas, Daniel Ertas was born in 1972 studied law and is now a solicitor in Sydney. He serves as the President of the Syrian Orthodox Federation of Australia (SOFA) and the Editor in-chief of the Australian Syrian Times magazine (also known as Zabno Suryoyo). St Ephraim's, Sydney, Australia  
Falah, Pierre Pierre was born in 1954 at Aleppo, Syria. He has resided in Sweden since 1974 and works as an economic consultant dealing with accounting, taxes and investments.    
Gabriel, Dn. Suleyman Deacon Suleyman Gabriel's family origins are in Kerboran and he currently lives in Sydney, Australia. He is the principal of a flooring business. He has been a deacon at St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church in Sydney since 1973. St. Ephraim's, Sydney  
George, Anil Anil was born on May 30, 1970 to K.C George and Susy George of Kalluparambil family. Orginally from Chenganassery, his parents have settled in Ankamaly. Anil did his BSc (Physics) at Union Christian College, Alwaye graduating in 1990. He then did Chartered Accountancy at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi. Currently, he works as Chief Accountant at the Middle East office in Abu Dhabi of Chancellor Watch Co. AG of Switzerland. Anil's wife Saira is from Kumarakom, and formerly a member of St. John's Syrian Orthodox, Attamangalam She did her schooling at Bangalore, and graiduated with a degree in Commerce from B.C.M College, Kottayam. She also completed the Intermediate in Chartered Accountancy. Though a member of the St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church at Ankamaly, Anil and Saira currently attend the St. George's Syrian Orthodox Church in Abu Dhabi. St. Mary's, Ankamaly  
George, Dipu Dipu was born on September 2, 1974 and was baptised at St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church, Manarcad. He is a member of the Tiruvalla Simhasana Church although he resides in Cochin. Dipu graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture from T.K.M. College of Engineering at Kollam in 1997 is now an associate architect in an architecture firm, Design Combine based in Cochin. He is also involved in a team that will be documenting and researching Jewish Synagogues in Kerala. Dipu has learned the rudiments of Syriac and has a keen interest in the architecture of the Syrian Churches in Kerala. Dipu has a family of five including his father who is a civil engineer, a younger brother Madhu who is in his final year MBBS at Kottayam Medical College and a younger sister Chinnu studying commerce in a pre-degree program. Simhasana Church, Tiruvalla  
Georges, Elias & Lynn Kowalski Elias was born in Qamishli, Syria in 1966 and emigrated to Montreal in 1976. He graduated from Concordia University in Electrical Engineering. Currently he works at CAE as a systems support specialist. Lynn was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and was part of the United Church of Canada. She is a graduate of Vanier College in Business Administration and currently works at Ericsson Communications as a software production analyst. Elias and Lynn were married on May 22, 1994. Both share an interest in the history of the Syriac Orthodox Church. St. Jacques, Montreal  
George, Shynu T. Shynu was born in 1978 to Mathew and Mariamma George of Thyparambil House, Kizhakkummuri, near Tiruvalla, Kerala. He is currently undergoing Associateship in Information Science, an advanced level post-graduate course at the Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre at New Delhi, after completing his Masters in Physics in 2001 from MG University, Kottayam.    
Ghazal, Lisa Lisa is of Syrian origin and is currently working on her Master's in Nursing at Cleveland, Ohio. Her interests include swimmimg, biking, gardening, tennis and nature walks. She would like to be involved with the Syrian Christian community. St. George's, Cleveland  
Ghazal, Rich Born in Florida, USA, Rich Ghazal was raised in, and currently resides in Rhode Island, USA and is active in `idto d-Mor Ephraim, RI. His family comes from the town of Midyat in Tur `Abdin. After leaving Midyat, the Ghazal family went to Adana, then Lebanon, and in 1972 migrated to the USA. Rich also has roots in the village of Arbo. Infact, his grandmother's maiden name is Doumato (her family was named after the church in Arbo, Mor Dimet or in Syriac, Doumato). Rich is currently a sophomore at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, studying Political Science, Philosophy and Syriac. His interests include the Syriac Language and Tradition and more specifically, the people, culture, and history of Tur Abdin. Mor Ephraim, RI  
Goric, Johnny M. Johnny was born in Jerusalem and continues to live there, working as executive chef in the French Consulate. He studied in France for 3 years. The roots of his father's family go back to Lebanon. Johnny is actively involved in the Syriac Orthodox community in Jerusalem and serves as the manager and administrator of the Syriac Orthodox Club in Jerusalem. St. Mark's, Jerusalem  
Hajjar, Hanna Hanna was born in Beirut, Lebanon although his family originally comes from Urhoy (Urfa/Edessa). Currently he lives in Los Angeles, California, USA. A Mechanical Engineering graduate from the American University of Beirut, Hanna now works as a consultant in the fields of IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning). Hanna introduced Syriac characters to video graphics, multi media and teleprompting, and has also generated Syriac educational videos for children. He has researched Syriac names and their meanings (unpublished yet) and the evolution of Syriac alphabet (partially published). He is interested in the art of Syriac iconography. His other hobbies include history, painting and computers. St. Ephraim's, Burbank  
Hamamji, Sami Ilham Physician. President, Board of Trustees, St. Mary's, Orange, California St. Mary's, Orange, California  
Hanna, Yakup Yakup was born in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. He was a jeweller in Sydney, but now lives in Brussels and works in a suit and cloth store. Yakup's family is originally from Hah, in Tur `Abdin. His grandfather was the muktar (mayor) of Hah for about 22 years.    
Issa, Touma Doing Ph.D. in Electrochemistry at Murdoch University, Perth, W. Australia. Project Chemist at ZBB (Australia) Ltd. Maintains a web site on Syriac Orthodox Church. Perth The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
Jacob, Binu Binu Jacob was born in 1969 in Kangazha, Kottayam and belongs to the Eravikulangara (Paadathu-mappila) family in Kangazha. He completed his Pre-Degree from S.B. College, Changanacherry and B.E. in Mechanical from Regional Engineering College, Bhopal and worked for FACT, Cochin for about 6 years. He is currently employed in Saudi Arabia as the Dy. General Manager of M/s Geyad Commerce and Import Co. Ltd in Dammam, a company specialising in Heavy Engineering Fabrication. Binu's wife Elizabeth works for State Bank of India, and children Anupa and Abel are both students. St. Thomas, Kangazha  
Jacob, Binu Binu was born in Bhopal, MP in 1975 and resides in Mumbai with wife and a daughter. He did his schooling at Jawaharlal Nehru School, Bhopal, and graduated in Electronics Engineering from Cochin University. He started work as a System Engineer with HCL Infosystems in Mumbai and currently works for Hewlett-Packard as Team Lead-IT Operations on a Lucent Project. St. Thomas, Bhopal  
Jacob, Rejimon P.
Rejimon Jacob of the Punnamthadathil family, was born in Puthuvely, near Koothattukulam, Kerala and migrated to US in 1990. He is now settled in Chicago with his wife Beena and son Charles. Rejimon serves as the secretary of the board of St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church of Malankara, Chicago. He is a clinical instructor in the Allied Health department at the National Louis University, Evanston, IL. St. George, Chicago, IL  
John, Nibu M. Nibu was born in Chennithala, Kerala in 1975 in the Mayara House - Nadayil, Chennithala. He resides and works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His elder brother is the Rev. Fr. M.J. Daniel (Fr. Noble). St. George Horeb, Chennithala  
John, Leeza Engineering & Computer Science junior at City University of New York. President, Society of Women Engineers, Staten Island Chapter. Member, Youth Committee of Mar Gregorios Youth Association. Mar Gregorios, Staten Island, NY  
John, Sinu Sinu was born in Kothamangalam, Kerala, on October 11, 1976, and was baptized at the St. Ignatius Church, Chenkara near Kothamangalam. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from MES Mampad College (Calicut University) and did his Master of Science in Biochemistry at the Central University, Hyderabad. After working for a year as a research associate at the Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut, Sinu enrolled for Ph.D. biochemistry at New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA, and resides at Las Cruces, NM. Sinu hopes to learn about and be friends with Syriac Orthodox Christians from various cultures. Bes-Ania, Chelad, Kerala  
John, Susan Susan is a sophomore at Penn State University and is pursuing a BA in Administration of Justice. Her family migrated to the US from Bangalore, India in 1986. Susan is actively involved in the youth organization of her parish. St. Peter's, Philadelphia.  
John, Yohannan Born in Malaysia, Yohannan belongs to the Kattumangat family of Mulanthuruthy. Yohannan did his schooling at Bishop Cotton Boy's School, Bangalore and medicine at JJM Medical College, Davangere. He is currently a registrar in Anaesthetics at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.    
Joseph, Thomas Thomas was born in 1966 and brought up in Ambalamedu near Cochin, Kerala. He came to the US in 1989 to do Master's in Systems Engineering at USC. In 1996 he completed Ph.D. in Information Systems at UCLA. Currently an information technology services senior manager with a global consulting firm, Thomas is the founder and Web Master of Syriac Orthodox Resources, Web Master of the Syriac Computing Institute and Technical Editor of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies. St. Mary's, Los Angeles Syriac Orthodox Resources
Joseph, Yeldho Yeldho Joseph of Vettickal family is a native of Kothamangalam, Kerala, India who has resided in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since 1989 and runs his own business. Born in 1956, Yeldho has 3 children--Donna, Denia, and Belina. His wife, Elcy, is from Thirumarayoor, Piravom, Kerala and is a nurse practitioner. Yeldho is a member of the Kothamangalam Marthoman Cheriapally. Yeldho is involved in the congregation at Riyadh which has about 40 families; however, since Saudi Arabia does not permit non-Islamic worship, their religious life and ability to conduct Christian worship services is severely restricted. Marthoman Cheriapally, Kothamangalam  
Joy, Lejo K. Born in Kalayil/Thekattil family, Lejo has degrees in hotel management, catering and tourism. He currently works in the hospitality and tourism industry in Dubai. St. Thomas (Knanaya), Ranny. , St. Mary's (Knanaya), Sharjah.  
Kadavil, John A. Born in Nashville, Tenessee in 1974, John is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Maryland at the Baltimore School of Medicine. He hopes for the growth of an ecumenical spirit in the Syriac Orthodox church. St. Thomas, Baltimore  
Kerkinni, Fuat J. Graduated from the University of Minnesota in Computer Science.   Home Page
Kiraz, George A. Born in Bethlehem, George migrated to the US in 1983. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cambridge University in 1996. George also did his Master's in Syriac Studies at Oxford under the renowned Syriac studies scholar, Sebastian Brock. George is the Director of the Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, General Editor of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies and serves in the executive committee of the SOR Editorial Board. St. Ephraim's, Burbank Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute
KŁÁŁkkaya, Feyaz Feyaz was born in Midyat, Turkey in 1969. At the age of 9, his family moved from Turkey to The Netherlands. Feyaz got his degree in electronics at the age of 22. After working 6 years for Hollandse Signaalapparaten (part of Thomson), he joined IBM.    
Kuriakose, Sabu. P. Sabu belongs to Poovathunkal family and is a member of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Simhasana Church, Pampady, Kottayam. He completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam, Kerala, in October 1997. Currently, he is an intern at OCL Informatics Ltd., Cochin.    
Kuriakose, George C. George belongs to Cherickal House, Kanjiram PO, Kottayam but resides at Chennai, India. He holds B.Tech and MBA degrees. St. Mary's, Panampady  
Kurian, Biju Biju was born in the Arikupurathu family, Eroor, Tripunithura in 1972 to A.P. Kurian and E.C. Saramma. Biju holds a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from NMAMIT (1993) and Master's from REC Surathkal (1996). Biju has worked at RCC Group, Mangalore (1993-4), Simplex Castings, Bangalore (1996-7), Tata Consulting Engineers, Bangalore (1997-2003) and since 2003 at Electrowatt-Ekono Ltd., Dubai. He lives in Dubai with his wife Shyja Mathew and his daughter Rhea. St. Mary's, Nadamel, Tripunithura  
Kuruvilla, Rajesh Rajesh was born on April 4, 1976 and belongs to Muriankal family in Lakkattoor, Kottayam. He is a graduate in Computer Science from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, and resides in Sharjah, UAE. St. Mary's, Areeparambu  
Kyriakos, John John Kyriakos is the son of Fouad Kyriakos and his family belongs to Urfa (Edessa). He was born in Sydney, Australia, where he currently resides and works as a construction manager at the firm he owns—InterX Constructions.    
Larsen, Randall Larsen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1948. He graduated from UC Berkeley, with an MBA in 1974. He was formerly a CPA with KPMG Peat Marwick and currently resides in Hawaii where he teaches at Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University. He has an academic interest in the Early Church. He is convinced that SOC vestments and liturgy have their roots in the 1st century church. He would be interested in corresponding with clergy and lay members of the Syriac Orthodox Church regarding church history, vestments, and liturgy. Not affiliated to SOC  
Mancha, John Born in Kerala, India, John Mancha completed his schooling from C.M.S. High School, Olassa and graduated in Physics from C.M.S. College, Kottayam. He obtained a Post graduate diploma in Computer Applications from Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu, and is now working with Ashok Leyland Information Technology, Bangalore, India as a Systems Manager. John belongs to an ancient Syriac Orthodox family, Manchayil. He completed his Sunday School education at St. Thomas Church, Chengalam, Kottayam and St. John's Church Olassa, Kottayam. He was an active member of St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, New Delhi from 1987 to December 1997 and transferred to Bangalore and now a member of St. Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Krishnarajapuram, Bangalore, India. Maintains the web page for St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, New Delhi, India. St. Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Bangalore, India. Home Page
Mani, Geevarghese V. Born on 17th August 1961 at Veloor, Kottayam, Geevarghese graduated from Christ College, Bangalore with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed articleship of the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds a LLB (Bachelor of Law) degree from Bangalore University. He was a member of the Mar Gregorios Students Movement at his home parish, served as a deacon in holy services and taught Sunday School for 3 Years. Geevarghese speaks English, French, German and African Languages and is now learning Arabic. He worked in West and East Africa from 1987 to 1993 and currently works in Dubai as an Accounts Executive. He resides at Deira Area of Dubai, U.A.E., with his wife and son. His wife Nessie Geevarghese originally hails from Kunnamkulam and was formerly a member of Pallavaram St.Mary's Church, Madras. Geevarghese is currently a member of Dubai Mar Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Dubai where he teaches Sunday School and is a member of Mar Ignatius Youth Association. St. Mary's Church, Panampady, Kottayam, India  
Mani, Kurian K. Dr. Mani is an aerodynamics engineering specialist at Boeing. He was born in Kottayam. He holds a Ph.D. in Aerodynamics from Georgia Tech. He serves as a webmaster of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Web site St. Mary's, Los Angeles Malankara Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America
Mansour, Marianne Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Marianne came to the US in 1972. Her family lines can be traced back to originally Turkey, Jerusalem, and Lebanon. Marianne graduated with a BS in Accounting from California State University Northridge in 1992 and went to work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. After passing the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam in 1994, she decided not to pursue Accounting as a career. She currently works full-time at DWP and is pursuing her Masters In Business Administration (MBA) degree at the Marshall Business School, University of Southern California. She plans on graduating in December 1998. Marianne taught Sunday School at St. Ephraim's for about three years in the early 90's and was also on the Youth Board for about a term. Some of her hobbies include traveling, skiing, and hiking. She has been to Italy and plans on going to Spain and to the Middle East in the future. St. Ephraim's, Burbank  
Mathew, Reena Reena graduated from New York University in 1994 with an Accounting & MIS degree and is currently an audit senior at Ernst & Young, LLP.    
Mikhaiel, Michael Mike Mikhaiel is originally from Baghdad, Iraq and currently reside in New Jersey. Mike graduated from the University of Texas in 1984 and he is working as a physics professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Mike served as an educational consultant at the Aramaic American Association for seven years. He is married to Raida Karkenny and has two children, Jessica and John Paul. Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ Blog
Mirza, Sleman Born in Qamishly, Syria, Sleman came to Holland in 1987, where he has settled with his family. He works as a systems engineer at General Electric.    
Muriankal, Anish Mani Anish was born on November 24, 1975 to M.C. Mani and Annamma Mani of Muriankal family in Lakkattoor, Kottayam. He holds a diploma in Electronics & Communication from Bangalore University. Anish currently resides in Mumbai and works at HCL Infosystems Ltd., Mumbai, as a Facility Management Engineer in H&R Johnson India Ltd. St. Mary's, Areeparambu  
Ninan, Bobby Bobby Ninan was born in Cochin in the Kuttisseril family on July 31, 1976, to K.N. Ninan and Leelamma Ninan. He originally hails from Mavelikara, but his family has lived in Cochin since 1974. Bobby and his wife, Anu, have a daughter. St. Mary's MOC, Palarivattom  
Ninan, Philip Philip K. Ninan was born in the Karayamvattathu family on Dec 10, 1982, in Dubai, UAE, to K.N. Ninan and Annamma Ninan. He is currently employed as a Quality Assurance Technician with America Online. St. Mary's MOC, Puthiyacauvu  
Oommen, Mathew Mathew, also known as Suraj, was brought up in Mumbai, India. He belongs to the Mayara-Nadayil family which hails from Chennithala, Mavelikara, Kerala. Mathew did his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Bombay University. He is currently employed with Tata Consultancy Services, India and resides temporarily at Louisville, Kentucky. St. Gregrious, Mulund, Mumbai  
Onsal, Sylvia Sylvia was born in Holland on April 1, 1980. Her family is from Arnas in Aram-Bethnahrin. She is currently in college majoring in business. She is proud of her beautiful parish church built in 1995 and is a choir singer at the church. Holy Mary Church, Hengelo  
Paulose, Nidhy Nidhy is a high school senior at Syosset (Long Island), New York. Her father belongs to Kolenchery and mother belongs to Vandiperiyar in Kerala, India. She will join a seven year medical program at Union College, Albany in September 1997. St. Mary's, White Plains  
Paul, Biju (Email Defunct) Biju belongs to the Vendarapally family in Eroor, Trippunithura, Kerala. He did his schooling at NSS School, Tripunithura, and Rajershi Memorial School, Vadavukode. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from St. Joseph's, Bangalore, and is now finishing his Master's degree in Computer Applications at the Cochin University of Science and Technology. He expects to work for Crompton Greaves-Maersk Data after he completes his education. St. Mary's, Nadamel, Tripunithura  
Philip, K. M. Mammen Philip was born on March 11,1973. He is a native of Kattanam, Alleppey, Kerala, and holds degrees in English, and Catering. St. George, Trivandrum Home Page
Philipose, Paul Originally from Muvattupuzha, Kerala, Paul did his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering at Mar Athanasius College while residing at the Catholicate Aramana with late Catholicose Mor Baselius Paulose II. He completed his MBA from Cochin University and later migrated to the US where he did MS in Computer Science. Paul is currently at Rockwell International at Richardson, near Dallas Texas. He is married to Asha and has a daughter named Tanya. St. Ignatius Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, Dallas  
Punnoose, Mathew Mathew was born in the Alamuttathu family in Aythala, Ranny, Kerala in 1973. He belongs to the Knanaya Syrian Orthodox community. Mathew completed his education in Chennai completing Diploma in Printing Technology. He presently works in Singapore as a Printing Technician. Mathew is married to Tinu Mary Thomas, has a son named Jubel. St Mary's, Kattodu, Tiruvalla.  
Pynadath, Polson V. Polson was born in Karyamparambu in Ernakulam District, Kerala, in the Pynadath family. He graduated in English Literature Union Christian College, Aluva and completed the PGDCA from AIMA, New Delhi. He now works as an Executive Secretary in Bahrain and resides at Isa Town, Bahrain. His home parish is St. George Jacobite Syrian Church, Karayamparambu. St. George's, Karayamparambu, Kerala  
Rabo, Gabriel Originally from Tur `Abdin, Turkey, Gabriel is a doctoral student in theology at University of Goettingen, Germany, working on his doctoral thesis on Dionysius Bar Salibi. Gabriel is an adjunct member of the SOR Editorial Board.   Suryoyo Online
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Rachko, Riyad Syrian-born Electrical Engineering graduate from City University, NY, currently working at Chase Manhattan Bank in LAN Operations. St. Mark's, Teaneck, NJ  
Samuel, Gigi Native of Thumpamon, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, settled in Bangalore, India. Hold's Bachelors degree from Madras Christian College and MBA from St. Joseph's College of Business Administration, Bangalore. Active member of Bangalore St. Mary's Cathedral, was also the Vice-Preident of the Youth Asscociation during the silver Jublee year 2008-2009. Runs DreaMarT Interactive a multimedia development and website design firm based in Bangalore. St. Mary's Cathedral, Bangalore  
Samuel, John President of the Mar Gabriel Youth Organization, Hackensack, NJ St. Gabriel's, Hackensack  
Scaria, Anitha Originally from Tripunithura, Kerala, Anitha has been a resident of Bangalore since 1978. She completed her Master's degree in Computer Applications from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, and is currently with Oracle, India. She is married to George Samuel.    
Shabo, Fr. Eli Fr. Eli was born in Lebanon and migrated to USA in 1968. He served as a deacon in St. Peter & Paul Church in Musseitbeh, Beirut from childhood till 1968, at St. Ephrem, Burbank, California, from 1969-1974 and at Virgin Mary Church, Paramus, New Jersey from 1974-77. was ordained priest on Pentecost Day, June 15 1997. Fr. Eli serves the Archdiocese of the Eastern USA doing voluntary work; currently he serves as parish priest for St. Ephrem Church, Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, is married to Fay, and has five daughters. They reside at 164 East Center St., Midland Park, NJ 07432 USA. Tel. 201-670-0732.    
Shaja, Sabro GabriŽl Sabro was born in born 1971 in Zaz, Tur `Abdin (See for pictures of his village). He emigrated to Holland in 1980 and studied Management and Computer Science. He serves as a deacon in the St. Jacob D'Sroeg in Enschede, Holland. Sabro works actively for changes in his community, for justice and peace and democracy. In addition, he has been the Chairman of the Assyrian Aid Society. He loves his heritage and identity, but is very concerned about the situation of our community and the next generation in diaspora. In February 2000, Sabro established his own business in computers, Online-Systems St. Jacob D'Sroeg, Enschede  
Shammo, Riad M. Member of Syriac Orthodox Church in Chicago. Maintains a web site for the Patriarchal Vicarate of Eastern United States. St. John the Baptist, Chicago Patriarchal Vicarate of Eastern United States
Shimess, Sam   St Ephraim, Lidcombe, Australia  
Simon, Roni Roni was born in the Elavinamannil family of Manjanikkara in 1974 as the grandson of Qashisho Kuriakos Elavinamannil. He completed his MBA and currently works as a senior analyst with a software firm in Bangalore. Simhasana Church, Kottayam  
Skaria, Jaimon Jaimon Skaria was born in Meenadom, Kottayam in the Kizhakkedathu family of the St.Ignatius Jacobite parish, Meenadom. He graduated with B.Sc in Biology from Baselius college, Kottayam, in 1979 and migrated to Chicago in the same year. He graduated from Central Y.M.C.A College with an associate degree in Respiratory Care. Currently, he works as an evening coordinator of Intensive Care Unit at the Northwest Community hospital, Arlington Heights, Illinois. In 1993, he also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in health services from College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois and in 1996 graduated with Masters in health care administration from the same college. He serves as the choir leader of St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Chicago. He is also an Archdiocesan Sunday School inspector of the Northern region. He has settled in Mundelein, Illinois with his wife Mercy and his mother. The couple have three daughters, Anju, Ancy and Alena. St. George's, Chicago  
Soysal, Christian Born on 2nd April, 1973 in Midyat, Turkey, grew up in Istanbul and now settled in Stockholm, Sweden. Currently a sophomore studying business administration and management at the University of Lund, in southern Sweden. Hopes to be an accountant. St. Ephrem's Church, Svdertdlje, Sweden Home Page
Tas, Numan Numan is an economic informatik student at University of Paderborn, Germany. Born in 1973, he migrated with his family in 1978 from Bakisian in Tur `Abdin, Turkey to Guetersloh near Bielefeld, Germany. Imdasshlo Maria  
Thankachan, Stephen Stephen was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan in North India. His family hails from Mezhuveli in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. Having completed his Bachelors in Zoology from Madras University, Tamil Nadu and Masters in Biochemistry from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Stephen is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Neurophysiology at Jamia Haddard University, New Delhi. Holy Innocent, Mezhuveli, Kerala  
Thekkedam, Alex Thomas Alex was born and brought up in Kangazha, Kottayam. He currently works with Total FinaElf of France in N. Delhi. as Sr. Accts Officer. Alex graduated from K.G. College, Pampady, and Baselios College Kottayam with a Masters in Commerce and is currently pursuing M.B.A and M.F.T. Alex is very active in spiritual and social service activities in Delhi and its suburbs. St. Thomas, Kangazha  
Thomas, Babu Babu Thomas is from Mundiappally, Thiruvalla, Kerala and currently resides in Washington, D.C. area. St. Thomas, Washington, D.C.  
Thomas, Daniel Daniel, also known as Reji, belongs to the St. George Syrian Orthodox Church (Cheriyapally), Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist., Kerala. He currently resides in Saudi Arabia and is the moderator of the SOCM-Forum.   SOCMNet
Thomas, Joji V. Joji V. Thomas was born in Kerala, India in the Vettathu family of Puthuppally, Kottayam. He studied at K.G College, Pampady, Kottayam, and graduated in Chemistry from St. Mary's College, Manarcaud, Kottayam, India, in 1998. He did his post-graduate diploma in computer applications from Baselius College Kottayam in 1999. Joji is currently a software professional presently working for Ramsis Engineering, Riffa, Bahrain. Originally a member of St. Ignatious, Meenadom, Kottayam, Joji is presently a member of St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Church, Manama, Bahrain. St. Ignatious, Meenadom; St. Peter's, Bahrain  
Thomas, Simon Simon Thomas belongs to the Thommenparambil family in Velloor, Kottayam. He is a computer engineer working in Abu Dhabi. He participates in church activities, plays music, particularly keyboard, and does computer programming. St. Simon's, Velloor /
Thomas, Tony Tommy Elias Thomas was born in Qamishly, Syria. He migrated to Lebanon in 1970 and later to the US in 1978. He lives in North Hollywood, California and is very actively involved in the St. Ephraim's Church, Burbank, serving earlier in the Board of Trustees. Tommy manages his company Pacific Cranes and Equipment Sales which is in the business of buying and selling construction equipment and cranes. His wife, Annie Chamoun Milki is from Alhasaka, Syria and the couple has three daughters Kristine, Georgina and Anaya. Tommy is very concerned about the teaching of the Syriac language. He is very interested in promoting Syriac education especially among the children of the Syriac Orthodox faith and is willing to support schools and programs that teach Syriac. St. Ephraim, Burbank
Tunc, Kennedy Kennedy was born in Arbo, Turkey and immigrated in 1980 to Hengelo, Netherlands. He is currently a law student at the University in Gronigen. Holy Virgin Mary, Hengelo  
Vargese, Bavan With NCR/AT&T GIS, Ontario, Canada.   Home Page
Varghese, Johnsy Born in Bombay, India, Johnsy migrated to the US with his parents and sister in 1977. He is married to Priya and has two daughters Jenna & Jasmine. He holds a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering and currently works for TI as a Systems Specialist. St. Ignatius, Dallas  
Varghese, Shibu Born in Bombay, India, Shibu is a software consultant currently working in Columbus, Indiana. His wife is Mily Shibu. St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church, Dadar, Mumbai, India.  
Varghese, Zacharia Subdeacon, Sophomore pre-med student and Presidential scholar at Austin College, Sherman, Texas St. Ignatius Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, Dallas  
Varughese, Leenus (Email Defunct) Born and raised in Staten Island New York in 1977, Leenus is currently working towards his Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mar Gregorios, Staten Island Home Page
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Vinoy, K. J. Vinoy belongs to Kalarickaparambil family, of the St. George Church, Karingachira (Cochin Diocese). He is currently pursuing Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds B.Tech Degree in Applied Electronics and instrumentation from Kerala University and an M.Tech. in Electronics from Cochin University of Science and Technology. Earlier, he worked at the National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore from 1994 to the end of 1998. His research publications include a book (first author) on Radar Absorbing Materials, published in 1996 by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. Vinoy has completed the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Sunday School curriculum, and was actively involved in the M. A. Balika Bala Samajam at the Sunday School and later in the Youth Association at St. George's Church, Karingachira. St. George's, Karingachira Home Page
Yacob, Fadi Elias Originally from Azech and later resided at Al-Qamishly (Syria), Damascus and Dubai; family currently in New Jersey. Currently a Computer Systems Engineering student at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas.   Home Page
Yacob, Mony Born in Damascus, Syria in 1974, Mony moved with her family to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) where she lived for 16 years. Later she moved to Houston, TX and completed her Bachelors in Accounting, and Masters in Business Administration at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Mony currently resides in New Jersey. Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary, Paramus  
Yilmaz, Rubel Born on April 10, 1972 in Bate, a little village near Midyat, South-East Turkey; migrated to Istanbul in December 1979 and two years later to Holland and lived in Hengelo, Enschede, and Oldenzaal. Studied Economics at the University of Groningen. With Unilever at Rotterdam since September 1996 and currently resides at Gouda, 30 kms east of Rotterdam. Mor Shimun Zeyte, Oldenzaal, Netherlands  
Yuhba, Marian Though born in USA, Marian traces her ancestry to Syria, Greece, Egypt and Lebanon. She is currently majoring in psychology at UC, Santa Barbara and is President of the St. George Church Youth Organization. St. George's, San Fernando, CA  
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