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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Annual Membership and Installation Dinner

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Please save the date and join us for our annual membership and installation dinner on Saturday evening, January 31. More details to follow later in the month.

As a reminder you may pay your 2015 dues by submitting your payment to the address below to avoid a $10 late fee beginning February 1st. Download the form by clicking here.

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

We look forward to seeing you.

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Never Part Exhibition

To members of the Ramallah Community:
The Palestinian Museum is searching for Palestinians residing in the United States and elsewhere in the world who would like to participate with an interview for the inaugural exhibition planned for next year.

The Palestinian Museum is planned to open next year in the village of Birzeit near Ramallah.

For the inaugural exhibition we are searching for any Palestinian, from any age group who has an object which he/she is attached to. This object could be anything: a rock, a letter from someone, a tool, ANYTHING. The most important thing is for this object to have a certain story behind it which relates to a specific person or event. The museum will hold an interview about how the person obtained the object, from who, when, where they keep the object, what it reminds them of, what it means to them etc. The interviewees’ story with the object would later be linked to the bigger story of Palestine with plans to borrow the object for a few months for the exhibition.

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2015 RACJ Membership Dues

Happy New Year members of our Ramallah community:

The success of any organization depends on its active membership. A club cannot exist without its members. Click here for the 2015 Membership Application Form

Your annual membership assures the stability and preservation of the club. This is so important for out future generations. With an established and healthy club, built on a solid foundation, our youth will be encouraged and motivated to continue with what their ancestors have started.

Membership entitles you to many benefits and privileges:

Rental of the club at a reduced rate, foyer rentals for small gatherings, use of picnic pavilions, playground and basketball court, access to social room, voting privileges, and other members only benefits throughout the year:

2014 Club Events:
– Annual Super Bowl Party
– Leadership Conference
– Bishop Esteves visit
– Three family picnics with a visit from the Easter Bunny
– Annual Mothers Day Dinner
– 60th Anniversary celebration
– Palestinian Cultural Event
– Annual family Christmas party

These are some, however, but not all the events and activities the club hosted and participated in.

Your membership also helps to support many worthwhile projects. In giving back to the community, donations were given to PAL, Big Brother, Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, and Bishop Esteves’ Stewardship Fund.

Our youth participated in Project Hope. Our young people are also active in local service and community projects. They had a food drive for the needy. They collected toys to cheer children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. They have also been active in Relay for Life for the past several years.

I cannot list all the activities and events that took place this year. However, you can see our club is active, vibrant and healthy.

During a picnic, a doctor from our community conducted a health screening of people attending the picnic. Our community is very fortunate to have professionals in many fields. There is so much talent, energy and knowledge among you.

Your membership is vital to the longevity and future of the club. Please access the links below, print, and mail your completed membership form along with your dues and/or join us at our annual installation and membership dinner on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Avoid a $10 late fee beginning February 1st.

Join the club that has been established for sixty years and will endure for another six decades through our future generations. Be a part of a club that is family oriented, cultural, social, enjoyable and viewed with a positive image throughout the country and beyond.

Sincerely,

Sammy D. Batteh
President, Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville

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Team Ramallah Running Class

The Fitness Club is excited to bring Joy Murphy, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, Premier Training Systems Certified, USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach, Track & Field Level 1 Certified Coach, TRX Certified Instructor and Owner of Enjoy Fitness on Thursday, December 11 at 6:30PM. Please feel free to wear your workout clothes.

She has had a passion for fitness and nutrition for over 16 years. She also has a passion for nutrition for over 16 years. She also has a passion for nutrition and likes to share with her clients to help them be successful and lead balanced life.

She works with a wide variety of people with goals ranging from those that want to lose weight, become more fit & healthy to beginner athletes learning to run & do triathlons. She focuses a lot on core & functional exercises that help people in their everyday life to move easier and feel better. She also likes to incorporate as many muscles in a work out as possible to burn as many calories as possible. These exercises improve balance, strength and endurance to help you feel better and less tired throughout the day.

She also specializes in a form of massage called myofacial tissue release or foam rolling. This is a form of recovery along with stretching to rid the body of lactic acid & toxins. This helps eliminate painful joins & sore muscles.

Hope to see you there!

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