General Assembly Meeting

Join us for February’s General Assembly Meeting.
Friday, February 9th at 6pm

We will be serving a free meal of Mujjdarah & salad starting at 5:30 for members.
Non-members are welcome to join for $5 per meal.
Forgot to pay your membership? Please bring your cash or check for $150 to the meeting.

If you would like to help prepare please join us at 4.

Youth group will be having their first meeting of the new year on Friday, February 9th at 5:30 in the youth room. Please join us!

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Super Bowl LII

Bring your favorite food and join us at the Club to watch the Eagles take on the Patriots!

Sunday, February 4
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Game starts at 6:30 pm

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Maybe One Day by Ramzi Farah

On December 6, 2017 Chuck and Ruba Farah’s son Ramzi had to write about a current event for English class at UGA. He chose to write about Peace after Trump announced moving the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Ramzi was born here in the U.S. and has been to Ramallah, Palestine and loves it. This is an example of how our teenagers are affected by this situation especially after visiting Palestine and seeing and experiencing how we are treated as a people. There is no justice but the young generation still has hope.

Maybe One Day
by Ramzi Farah

Maybe one day there will be peace
maybe one day
Maybe one day there will be peace in the Middle East
maybe one day
Maybe one day the Palestinian mother of an American born kid can return to her home
Maybe one day she can return to the place she was grown
Maybe she won’t be torn away from the place that she was born
maybe one day
Maybe one day both Palestinians and Israelis can find common ground
to find out that peace isn’t far from found
to realize that peace will ring a better sound
maybe one day
Maybe one day there will peace
Peace, in the Middle East

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Baby Boy, John Matthew was born to Matthew and Christina Darling Bateh. His proud grandparents are Johnny M Bateh and Donna (Johnny M) Bateh, and Jim and Anne Darling.

Club News:

(Pictured from left: Nicholas Odeh, Caleb Campbell and Anthony Odeh.)

On Saturday, December 9th our annual event, Breakfast with Santa was held. Approximately 130 members brought their little ones to enjoy a buffet breakfast with pancakes, egg casserole, hash browns, and more. In addition, the children decorated cookies, painted ornaments, wrote letters to Santa and thoroughly enjoyed the photo booth. And last but not least, the signature event of the day was a visit from Santa, and everyone (including the big kids) was able to take pictures with Santa himself! Big appreciation and thanks go out to Chairperson Sandy Salem, and her committee Kelly (Rukab) Salem, Sally Salem and Louie Samaan.

(Pictured from left: Jessica Zarou Dellorso, Dalya Farah, Layla Farah, Tala Farah, Rania Farah and Rawan Farah)

On NYE, our annual NYE party featuring Samir Helme and DJ Khalil from Orlando, Florida was held. Three hundred people rang in 2018 together and had an amazing time enjoying each other, heavy mezza and fabulous music. Many thanks go out to Chairperson Tala Farah, Co-Chairpersons Shirley Kishek and Marwan Akel and the entire committee.

Youth Group News:

On Saturday, December 16th the Youth Group celebrated their successes of 2017 with a trip to Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Twenty five children with five chaperones attended and had an amazing time. A big thank you goes out to Kathy Akel, Abla Farhat, Linda Jubran, Diane Rukab, and Christy Rukab for chaperoning.

Also, in December our Youth gathered at Jack and Debbie Hanania’s house for a Christmas party. They enjoyed each other, the wonderful winter weather as well as a White Elephant Gift exchange. Many thanks and appreciation go out to Mr. and Mrs. Hanania for hosting the party.

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

The Salman and Elias family for the passing of Emile Tawfiq Salman, beloved father of Nancy (Michael) Elias.

The Farah family for the passing of Anwar Abraham (ABE) Farah.

The Bateh family for the passing of Ellen Omar Bateh.

The Kassees family for the passing of Mrs. Knou (Kay) Mikhail Kassees.

The Ghanayem family for the passing of Samar Ghanayem Omran, beloved sister of Salem Ghanayem.

May they Rest In Peace and May their Memories Be Eternal.

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A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans

A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans is the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric.

Airing January 24 @ 11pm on WJCT

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Camp Ramallah

When: June 9th – June 16th
Where: Beautiful Smokey Mountains of Tennessee
Who: Ramallah Young men and women age 13-17
Camp activities include: Tubing, Horse Back Riding, Sport Activities, Dabkeh Lessons, Arabi Lessons, History and Cultural Activities, including Arabi Food Cooking Lessons and Ramallah Bowl plus lots more Fun and Adventure.

Counselors are Needed:
Apply As Soon as Possible
Cost: $200. Limited Space. Apply ASAP. Applications will be available soon on AFRP website.

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Installation & Members Dinner

Our Installation of Officers & Membership dinner will be held on Saturday, January 27.

If you have not already paid your dues of $150 you can pay at the door. Please remember dues will increase to $160 after January 27.

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Obituary: Nabiha S. Shalley

Nabiha S. Shalley
November 20, 1928 – September 1, 2017
Jacksonville, FL

Nabiha Shalley peacefully passed away on September 1st, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Nabiha was born on Nevember 20th, 1928 in Ramallah, Palestine to Saleem and Mariam (Forte) Bateh.
She emigrated to the United States as a young woman to unite with family. She was a loving and caring wife to her late husband, William Shalley. She is survived by her three loving sisters, Salima Zarou, Naimeh Butrus, and Karimeh Bateh, and many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Saleem and Mariam Bateh, brothers Shukry, Adel, Fuad, Said, and sister Juliette Butros. She will never be forgotten, and may she rest in peace.

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Obituary: Karim Aziz Cadora

Karim Aziz Cadora
February 20, 1942 – September 14, 2017
Jacksonville, Florida

Surrounded by his family, Karim Aziz Cadora passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Karim was born on February 20, 1942, in Ramallah, Palestine. At the age of twenty-one, Karim moved to Jacksonville, Florida to attend Jacksonville University. Karim graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor’s Degree. He furthered his education at the University of North Florida and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology. For the past forty years, Karim worked as a self-employed business consultant.

Karim was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church and the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville. He is predeceased by his father Aziz Jeries Cadora and his mother, Najla Kassees Cadora. He is survived by his wife Juliana Ayoub Cadora, daughter Karina Lee Cadora, and son Kevin Aziz Cadora. Karim was a man who loved and cherished the people around him. His strength and love for life were apparent in how he lived knowing that he had Pulmonary Fibrosis. As he stated, “It is in God’s hands. I lived a good life. Be strong and take care of each other.” Our family would like to thank the community for their overwhelming love and support during this difficult time.

We little knew the day that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke out hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one
the chain will link again.
By Ron Tranmer

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Obituary: Adel Bateh Jr.

Adel Bateh Jr.
July 28, 1966- September 26, 2017
Jacksonville, Florida

Adel Bateh Jr. known to family and friedns as Eddie, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, September 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Eddie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, on july 28, 1966. He grew up in Lake Worth, South Florida. Eddie was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Nisreen, and father to his son Brandon. He was a loving son to his deceased father Adel, and his mother Armallina, a devoted brother and brother in-law to sister Tonia and her husband Ken .

Eddie worked very hard to provide for his family, whom he loved dearly. There was never a time that he thought of himself first. It was always his family first. During his downtime, he loved to play cards and was a huge sports fan, especially football. His favorite teams were the Miami Dolphins and the Hurricanes. He always loved to watch the games on Sundays, and when he wasn’t, he was watching ESPN.

His son, Brandon, was the light of his life. Eddie couldn’t stop talking about Brandon and how proud he was of him. Brandon brought so much joy and love into Eddie’s heart.

Although we will always miss him deeply, he will live forever in our hearts.

You are not forgotten loved one nor will you ever be as long as life memory last we will remember thee. We miss you now, our hearts are sore and as time goes by we’ll miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face no one can fill your vacant place.

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