A History of the St Joseph’s Lebanese & Syrian Benevolent Society

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New Year’s Eve Dance

Join us this New Year’s Eve for entertainment by BANDIT!

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Cooking Class – Lebanese Grape Leaves

Lebanese Grape Leaves Cooking Class
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 6:30PM
Tickets $50

On Tuesday, July 25 we will be offering a grape leaf cooking class experience. Each ticket holder will pick 100 grape leaves from one of our member’s vine, this is where the class will start. We will then go to Club to learn how to prepare and cook the grape leaves. All cooking supplies (meat or vegetarian filling, spices, bowls etc.) will be included in the $50 and provided.


6:30- Meet at 229 Henry Street in Whitney Pier to cut the grape leaves from the vine.

7:00- Drive to the Cedars Club for the remainder of the evening.

Participants are asked to bring a pair of scissors for cutting the grape leaves and a container to take your grape leaves home in.

To purchase a ticket for this event, please phone the Club after 3pm daily at 902-539-1901 or stop by 30 MacKenzie Street. Limited spots available.

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Annual Melting Pot Festival


On August 10th we are celebrating our annual Melting Pot Festival at the Cedars Club! We’ll be serving Lebanese dinners from 4-7pm! Take out is also available.
Tickets are $12 and are available in advance by calling 902-539-1901 or at the door.

Dinners include:

Rice and Yuknee
Grape Leaves
Pita Bread

OR our vegetarian plate:

Potato Kibbie
Vegetarian Grape Leaves
Pita Bread

**Fatayer and spinach fatayer available for purchase on the side. $1.25 for one or $15 for 12!**

Lebanese cookbooks ($10) and society DVDs ($5) will also be available for purchase.

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Stella and Jamael Libbus

Stella (Shaheen) Libbus was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia to parents Philip and Laura Shaheen along with 8 other siblings, Thomas, Isaac, Louis, Mary, Peter, Alice, Martha and Joseph. Her father was one of the first people to come to Sydney from Lebanon due to the war. Philip first travelled Montreal and later came to Sydney where they built their home in Ashby. At age 12 Stella started her first job at Moffats, where she would later meet her husband Jamael Libbus.

Jamael was born to Isaac and Annie Libbus and had 6 other siblings, Alexander, Fanny, Morena, Freda, Francis, and Rose. Jamael was 2 months old when his father Isaac passed away and from then on his mother Annie worked at the first Saloon shop in Sydney and raised her family until her passing in 1962.

Together, Jamael and Stella began building their life residing at the Libbus Block, until moving to their own home on Sheriff Avenue. Jamael worked in the Steel City Tavern and Stella worked at the Smart Shop until their retirement at age 60. They had four boys, Joseph, Ronald, Douglas, and William. Jamael and Stella have been very close and active members of the Cedars Club for over 60 years. Stella often participates in cooking Lebanese food for events at the club and attending mass.

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