Baby boy, Gabriel Elias born to Elias Louie and Hattie Carters Salameh. His proud grandparents are Ramzi and Boline Salameh and Randy and Pam Carters.
Baby girl, Madison Grace born to Salem and Dalia Mousa Fakhouri. Her proud grandparents are Mechail (Mike) and Aida Fakhouri, and James and Howaida Mousa.
Baby boy, Adrian Salem born to Jose and Whitney Salem Gomez in Washington, DC. His proud grandparents are Jose and Maria Gomez and Ronald and Nancy Salem of Jacksonville, Florida.
Kathleen Margaret Bajalia, daughter of Nick and Julia Bajalia, graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism and Media Production. Her proud grandparents are the late Peter and Ikram Bajalia and Margaret and the late Hanna Ayoub.
Lindsay Marie Jaghab, daughter of George and Nancy Hishmeh Jaghab graduated from Jacksonville University with a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Her proud grandparents are Tom and Vera Hishmeh and the late Hanna and Mary Jaghab.
Faris Elias Kishek, son of Elias and Shirley Kishek graduated from Jacksonville University with a Master of Business Administration. Faris plans on continuing his career path as a consultant at McKesson Corporation.
Arena Owais, daughter of Asad and Hanada Owais graduated from the University of North Florida with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations. After graduation Arena plans to attend the University of Florida to pursue a Master’s degree in Mass Communicationx with a focus on Global Strategic Communications and Marketing. She is the granddaughter of Zohair Mardini and the late May Cadoura Mardini and the great-granddaughter of Yasmine Cadoura.
Melissa Katrina Zarou, daughter of Jack and Linda Zarou graduated from Seminole State College of Florida with her Associate’s in Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She will be attending the University of Central Florida working towards her Bachelor’s in Science degree in Criminal Justice. Her proud grandparents are George and Georgette Zarou and Louis and Francis Scalzi.
Nineteen of our Ramallah Youth including our own Dr. Laura Bateh, Dalya Farah and Nick Freiha travelled to Washington D.C. for the AFRP Youth Summit held November 13th- November 16th.
The summit began on Saturday with an all-day conference and the youth were welcomed by the Governor of Palestine, Laila Ghannam and PLO Ambassador Maen Areikat. They had the pleasure of hearing numerous speakers throughout the conference including Richard Fawal who addressed the youth on how to effectively communicate with audiences of all ages in today’s society and Randa Fahmy who led an engaging discussion on how the audience can make a difference on the Palestinian issue through local, state and national activism.
The conference ended with the adults working together and strategizing ways to increase local club membership and interest. Saturday evening, the Ramallah Club of Washington, D.C hosted a dinner for the out of town guests and afterwards the young adults gathered for a social event in downtown D.C.
The conference continued Sunday morning with more strategic planning and speeches from current AFRP President Ken Harb and AFRP Deputy President Jeff Ajlouny. Select individuals attended a dinner in D.C. Sunday evening held by the Coalition of Palestinian American Organization.
On Saturday, December 12th, we hosted Breakfast with Santa. Approximately 150 members came including many donations in hand for the Syrian refugees through Catholic Charities. Much thanks and appreciation goes out to Chairperson and Co-Chairperson Sandy Saad Salem and Amber Salem Samaan and their committee for organizing a successful and enjoyable event.
We brought in 2016 with our annual NYE party featuring the FAZE band along with our favorite Arabic music playing throughout the night. Everyone had an amazing time. Many thanks and appreciation goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Nick and Kara Mousa, and their committee for coordinating an enjoyable and elegant event.
Youth Group News:
On Saturday morning, November 21 our youth hosted a Flapjack Fundraiser at a local Applebee’s. It was a great success and proceeds will benefit a Palestinian charity. Huge thanks go out to our youth, our Youth Group Advisors, the community for their support, and Applebee’s management.
On Saturday, December 19, Youth Group President Rawan Farah hosted their Christmas Party to celebrate their successes throughout 2015! Everyone had a wonderful time. Many thanks go out to Rawan, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Reem Habayeb Farah, the members’ parents, the youth group’s directors and the Jacksonville community for their support. Mabrouk Rawan for a successful year!
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:
The Hassan family for the passing of Munir Boulous Hassan
The Cadoura family for the passing of Yasmine Marshoud Cadoura
The Bateh family for the passing of Mary I Bateh.
May their memories be eternal.
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