CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jenna Bsharah and Lorena Ammar share many things — the same birth year, a lifelong membership to the St. George Orthodox Cathedral, a friendship so old they’ve lost count of its length.
At the age of 90, the two recently got together to share in an activity that they’ve been doing since their teenage years — making kibbee for their church’s annual dinner.
With Ammar standing for most of the work and Bsharah sitting, they grabbed clumps of the meat and wheat mixture, flattened it out in their hands and smoothed it to make one thin layer on the bottom of a pan. They worked quickly alongside the younger church members to fill large standard sheet pans with the traditional Lebanese meat dish.
“We’re old pros,” Ammar joked.
She and Bsharah recalled being the youngest helpers in the kitchen preparing kibbee, cabbage rolls and baklava for the church’s annual fundraiser dinner.
“I used to help the older ladies, but they are all dead now,” she said.
Ammar chimed in with, “So we’re the older ladies.”
The two have volunteered for many dinners, and they’ll be helping out again at this year’s annual dinner…