March General Assembly Meeting

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Please save the date and plan to attend our General Assembly meeting on Sunday, March 8, but plan to come early and hungry for a delicious Lenten dinner prepared and served by our Youth Group. Dinner will be served at 5PM and the menu includes Mujaddara, salad, Lenten desserts, fruit and refreshments for $7.00.

Please also plan to stay for the General Assembly meeting which begins at 6PM.

Thank you for your support of our Youth Group and we look forward to seeing you there.

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General Assembly Meeting

Members of our Ramallah Community:

This is a friendly reminder to plan to attend our General Assembly meeting this Sunday, February 8 at 6PM. The Youth Group will meet at 5PM and the Youth Group officers will meet at 4:30PM.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Upcoming Federation Easter Trip to Ramallah

Members of our Ramallah Community:

If you are interested in going to Ramallah for the annual Easter Federation trip please try to book the airfare by April 8, 2015 and return flight by April 18, 2015. You may go before and extend your stay if you choose. Once you book your flight, please forward the names and each itinerary to tamara.azrak@afrp.org.

The Federation will arrange for your pickup at the airport, your transportation to the hotel and day trips to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa and Acre. The trip details are still being determined and will be forwarded to you in the near future.

If you have any questions please email Bassam Eways at bfeways@aol.com or Johnny Rukab at carpetjohnny@aol.com.

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AFRP Medical Mission Dinner

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Please join us on Saturday evening, February 21 for an elegant evening to include cocktails and dinner to support the AFRP Medical Mission. Ticket price is $50.00 per person and includes a cocktail hour with mazza, dinner and dessert. Cocktail hour is at 6:00PM and dinner is at 7:00PM. Dinner music will be playing with a PowerPoint presentation on the medical mission’s work.

To purchase your ticket please contact Said Samaan, Ticket Chairperson at 904-219-3868 or Committee Members David Bateh at dmbateh@yahoo.com, Samir Farhat at 904-705-8293, Jamal Jubran at 904-591-3030, George Salameh at 904-268-4485, Ramzi Salameh at ao82209@allstate.com or Said Samaan at 904-219-3868.

Thank you for you support for a worthy cause.

Please note that your ticket donation is tax deductible.

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RACJ Super Bowl XLIX Party

Our annual Super Bowl Party is on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015.  Doors open at 5:30 and game festivities begin at 6:30.  Come and enjoy the big game on our 200” high definition Jumbotron.

This is a free event and open to everyone, so invite your friends to join.  This is a potluck, so please bring your favorite covered dish and refreshments (soft drinks and water) will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you representing your favorite team!

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Save the Date: Annual Membership and Installation Dinner

Members of our Ramallah Community:

This is a friendly reminder to please join us at our annual membership and installation dinner on Saturday evening, January 31 at 6PM.

All eligible members must pay their dues or be a paid up member to attend the dinner. All guests who are not eligible to be a club member or youth group member are $20.00 per person.

Please note that youth group dues have increased to $20.00 and paid separately to the youth group treasurer. If you pay your dues that evening for you and your youth group member and you pay with check, please ensure you write 2 separate checks: one for your dues and one for youth group dues. Also, please remember that at least one parent (preferably both) must be a paid up member in order for their child to be an eligible youth group member. Please communicate this to any parent you know that may not have access to e-mail as our goal is to sign you in and collect your dues as quickly as possible so you may enjoy your evening.

Also, you may pay your 2015 dues by submitting your payment to the address below to avoid a $10 late fee beginning February 1st.

The Ramallah Club of Jacksonville
3130 Parental Home Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Attention: Julia Farhat, Financial Secretary

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Miriam Jaber Farhat Obituary

Miriam Jaber Farhat
October 15, 1917 – December 6, 1914
Miriam Jaber Farhat (nee: Miriam Mousa Michael), age 97, passed away on December 6, 2014 at Community Hospice in Jacksonville, Florida with her children by her side. She was born on October 15, 1917 in Ramallah, Palestine and was a resident of Jacksonville, Florida since 1947. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jaber Kalil Farhat (1905-1950); five brothers, Easa, Jack, Ilias, Ibrahim and Aziz Michael; four sisters, Hilaneh Michael, Bahia Eadeh, Badia Tannous and Nimeh Michael. She is survived by her children, Edward J. Farhat (Saundra), Grace J. Abboud (Richard), Kathy F. Rukab and Johnny George Farhat (Sandy); ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kno Kassees and Nabiha Farah both of Jacksonville; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jay Farhat, Michael Farhat, Victor Rukab Jr., Mark Rukab, Josh Rukab, David Lee, Mark Hanley, Davis Lee and Justin Farhat. The family greeted relatives and friends for visitation at St. George Antiochian Orothodox Church, 6300 Bowden Rd., Jacksonville on Tuesday, December 9 from 5:30-6:30pm with a prayer service at 6:30pm. Funeral Services were held at the church on Wednesday, December 10 at ten o clock am with The Very Rev. Archpriest Kamal Al-Rahil, officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice (www.communityhospice.com) or St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.

Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion/obituary.aspx?n=miriam-jaber-farhat&pid=173411896&fhid=14063&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.gX3SP2ne.dpuf

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Hathihe Ramallah Magazine News

Newborn
Baby Boy Abraham Ziadeh born to Mr. and Mrs. Ziadeh and Carmen Khoury Farhat. His proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Farhat and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Khoury.
Congratulations!

Weddings
Lindsey Ryan Brock to Joshua Adel Akel. Their proud parents are Adel (Eddy) and Colleen Akel and Frank and Debi Brock.

Rossana Hernandez to Jack Odeh Elhasan. Their proud parents are the late Odeh and Suhaila Elhasan and Oscar Hernandez and Rosa Chavez.

Graduation:
Rami Elias Kishek

Rami Elias Kishek, son of Elias and Shirley Mousa Kishek graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. 

Club News
In November, The Fellowship of St. John the Divine at St. George Church hosted a Middle East Relief Fundraiser.  The net proceeds of the event were donated to International Orthodox Christian Charities which is a charity that offers humanitarian aid and relief to those in need.  Special thanks goes out to the Chairman, Eric Bateh and his committee.  

“Team Ramallah” classes have been formed to help our members get healthy and to prepare for the 2015 Gate River Run. Classes were held in November and December and approximately 11 members took advantage. Many thanks goes out to Chris Farmand for organizing the classes.

PAL Event

The Police Athletic League (PAL) in partnership with the I M Sulzbacher Homeless Center held its 8th annual Christmas party on Monday, December 22nd at a local Walmart. A total of 150 children were provided with a $200.00 gift card to purchase a combination of toys or clothes. The children were escorted by a parent/guardian and a Police officer. Our Ramallah Club made a monetary donation towards the event and several thousand dollars were donated by individual members. Much appreciation and thanks go out to Dr. Ron and Mrs. Nancy Salem for their volunteerism towards this worthy cause.

Our club hosted a NYE party featuring Moe Kabha and the MK band. It was one of the most successful parties in many years as close to 500 people were in attendance. Many thanks go out to Chairperson Issa Odeh and his committee for their hard work and coordination in their yearlong planning.

Youth Group News
On Sunday, December 7, the Youth collected many new unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots.” Many thanks to the youth for their continued volunteerism in this annual effort.

Pancakes and Pajamas Christmas Party

On Sunday, December 13 the youth had a “Pancakes and Pajamas” Christmas party at Mr. and Mrs. David and Tania Hanania’s house. It was a wonderful evening full of fun and fellowship. Many thanks go out to David and Tania for opening their home for the event.

Youth Group EOY Trip

Twenty six youth group members celebrated their year’s successes at Mickey’s Merry Christmas in Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Friday, December 19. Everyone had an amazing time. Many thanks go out to the youth group for their hard work and dedication to volunteerism throughout the year, as well as the parents that attended: Mrs. Roulla Essa, Mrs. Ghada Habash Batteh, Ms. Joy Batteh-Freiha, Mrs. Reem Farah, Mrs. Abla Farhat, Mrs. Tania Hanania, Mrs. Lana Hanna, Ms. Abeer Iwais and Mrs. Christy Rukab.

Children’s Club News
Children's Club Christmas Party

The Children’s club hosted their annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 7th. The event included a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with pictures with them, as well as arts and crafts. Many thanks go out to Mrs. Gina Behnam Nammour and Mrs. Hala Mardini Salman for coordinating the event.

Sympathy
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:

The Farhat and Michael families for the passing of Miriam Jaber Farhat

The Elias family for the passing of Badia Elias.

The Ghannam and Ziadeh families for the passing of Suad Ziadeh Ghannam

May their memories be eternal.

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General Assembly Meeting

Our General Assembly meeting is this Sunday, January 18 at 6PM. The Youth Group will meet at 5PM and the Youth Group officers will meet at 4:30PM.

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Super Bowl Party

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Please plan to attend our annual Super Bowl Party on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015. Please bring your favorite covered dish. Refreshments will be provided and time will be announced later in the month.

We look forward to seeing you.

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