Obituary: Bateh Peter Bateh

In Memory of
Bateh Peter Bateh

January 10, 1935 – March 27, 2016

Bateh (Benny) Peter Bateh, 81, went to his eternal rest with the Lord on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was born on January 10, 1935 in Ramallah, Palestine to Butros and Sabha Bateh. He later immigrated to the United States in 1948 and settled in Jacksonville. He was very proud to be a part of this community and thought highly of the city and its residents. Bateh graduated from Andrew Jackson in 1954 and later that year married his beautiful bride, Salwa Kaleel Bateh. Mr. Bateh had a very strong sense of family and loved his children and grandchildren tremendously.

For over 55 years he and his family were parishioners of Assumption Catholic Church. Mr. Bateh was a founding member of the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville. He was a role model for his grandchildren: Elizabeth, Max, and loved the family pets, Riley and Ginger. He owned two successful businesses in his lifetime: Brentwood grocery store and Benny’s Sandwich Shop in downtown Jacksonville. He was a charter member and greatly involved in the Ramallah-American Club, a member of the Albert J. Russell Masonic Lodge, #126, a member of the Independent Grocers Association. Benny was the strong backbone of our family, who relied on his sound judgment, incredible wisdom, moral strength, and instilled family values. He will remain in our hearts forever.

Bateh was preceded in death by his parents, Butros and Sabha, sons Peter and Edward, his sisters Frieda Bajalia and Yasmine Bateh. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Salwa; daughters, Jeanette (Kevin Ferrell), Nancy, Connie, and Tracy, brother, Hanna (Klare); and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Max Schneider; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Upcoming Events

April 17: Spring Picnic
Chair: Kara Mousa Karamousa78@gmail.com
Co-Chair Sandy Mousa
May 7: Mother’s Day
Chair: Kara Mousa Karamousa78@gmail.com
June 19: Father’s Day Picnic
June 25: Medical Mission Dinner
July 30: Summer Party
Chair Eric Bateh embateh@gmail.com

For more information on the events please be sure to “Like” Ramallah American Club Jacksonville’s Facebook Page. We continuously update the page with details as they become available. If you would like to join a committee and help plan please contact the committee chair noted by the event.

Spring Picnic
Please join us for our annual Spring Picnic this Sunday. We will be serving our traditional Bar-B-Q chicken, Hashweh, Green Beans and Salad as well as Mahi for those fasting for Orthodox Lent. There will also be a bounce house and balloon twister for the kids! Meals are $12 and desserts will be for sale to support the youth group. Anyone interested in helping to prepare the meal please join us at the Club Saturday at 9am as well as Sunday morning.

Mother’s Day Brunch
Please join us for a Mother’s Day Brunch
Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 a.m.
Queen’s Harbor Yacht and Country Club

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 3-12
The event is open to the public.

Menu to include pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit, salad, potatoes, meat ziti and chicken marsala.

We will also have prizes and games!

Tickets available at the spring picnic or by contacting Kara Mousa at karamousa78@gmail.com

Youth Group News
Calling all Ramallah youth! We have a new direction the youth group is going in this year and it is going to be amazing. We are listening to your suggestions and working hard to make this year unforgettable!

A big project that we’ve taken on this year is teaching the kids our beautiful traditional debkah dance and mil’ab chant performed at weddings! What a way to teach them about our historic and amazing culture. We need your help! Please encourage your kids to come to the club meetings as we are hoping to begin the practices before the April meeting. We are planning to have the practices start around 4:00 before our meetings and then increase the amount of practices during the summer months. It’s going to take a lot of hard work but what a sweet adventure this will be! We would love to be able to put on a show by the end of the year for all of the proud family members and community to enjoy.

Our meetings are starting at 5:30 this year. So, please bring the kids to the club! We’ll be waiting for them! Let’s pack that room to the max!!!

For any info on the youth group, please contact Christy Rukab at christyrukab@yahoo.com or Kathy Akel at katherineakel@gmail.com.

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General Assembly Meeting

There will be a General Assembly Meeting this Sunday, April 3rd at 6:00pm. The Youth Meeting will be at 5:30pm with the Youth Board Meeting at 5:00pm.

State Attorney Angela Corey will be visiting to speak to our assembly. We will be selling Hamburger and Hot dog plates for $5 beginning at 5:30pm. We will also have Mother’s Day Brunch tickets for sale. Please plan to attend.

WRITTEN NOTICE
Pursuant to Article XI of the Constitution, this message also serves as written notice of intent to sell or dispose of Club Property, and to spend in excess of $5,000 on capital improvements. Both of these actions are related to the renovation of the BBQ Pavillion Storage Room which is planned to serve as the new Youth Activity room.

Three-fourths of our membership must be present to take action. If not enough members are present this Sunday, action will be deferred until the May General Assembly meeting at which time approval may be granted by 2/3rds of the members present at that meeting.

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Youth Group News

Calling all Ramallah youth! We have a new direction the youth group is going in this year and it is going to be amazing. We are listening to your suggestions and working hard to make this year unforgettable!

A big project that we’ve taken on this year is teaching the kids our beautiful traditional debkah dance and mil’ab chant performed at weddings! What a way to teach them about our historic and amazing culture. We need your help! Please encourage your kids to come to the club meetings as we are hoping to begin the practices before the April meeting. We are planning to have the practices start around 4:00 before our meetings and then increase the amount of practices during the summer months. It’s going to take a lot of hard work but what a sweet adventure this will be! We would love to be able to put on a show by the end of the year for all of the proud family members and community to enjoy.

Our meetings are starting at 5:30 this year. So, please bring the kids to the club! We’ll be waiting for them! Let’s pack that room to the max!!!

For any info on the youth group, please contact Christy Rukab at christyrukab@yahoo.com or Kathy Akel at katherineakel@gmail.com.

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Obituary: Najla Ziadeh Salem

Najla Ziadeh Salem

Najla Ziadeh Salem
April 24, 1928 – February 3, 2016

“How lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Najla Ziadeh Salem began her new life eternal on February 3, 2016, to join countless loved ones that passed before her. She was born on April 24, 1928 in Ramallah, Palestine. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and aunt. She immigrated to the USA in 1948 at the age of 19 and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. She was married in 1949 and, along with her husband of 60 years, raised 3 sons. She was known as a pillar of the Jacksonville Arabic community, as she was a mentor, friend, confidante, and role model who imparted wisdom on multiple generations within the community. She was famous for her traditional Palestinian cooking and baking, which was second to none. She was a lifetime member of the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville, FL, where she served as the first President of the Woman’s Auxiliary, and St. George Orthodox Church, where she was a founding member of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch. She was a remarkable woman who was devoted to God and her family, and was known for leading the traditional Palestinian songs at every wedding.

Several years ago she was asked by the Ramallah Federation to record all the songs for future generations. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Bader Abraham Salem, her parents Yacob and Nimeh Ziadeh (Farhat), brother George Ziadeh, sisters Farida Mousa, Julia Farhat and Suad Ghannam, brother-in-laws Essa, Kamel, and Zacky Salem, Ziadeh Bateh, Easa Mousa, Yousef Farhat, and Mussa Bateh; sister-in-law Maggie Salem. She is survived by her brother Farhat (Suad) Ziadeh, sister Wardeh (Mussa) Bateh, brother-in-laws Salem A. Salem, Saied (Suad) Ghannam; sister-in-laws Leila (Ziadeh) Bateh, Suad (Farhat) Ziadeh , Lillian (George) Ziadeh and Nabila (Zacky) Salem, sons Ramsey (Sally), Edward (Linda), and Ronald (Nancy), grandchildren Amber (Louie) Samaan, Whitney (Jose) Gomez, Jeremy (Sandy), Christopher, Anthony (Kelly), Eddie, Andrew, and Michael Salem, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She touched the lives of everyone she met.

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Obituary: Yasmine Marshoud Cadoura

Yasmine Cadoura

Yasmine Marshoud Cadoura
January 11, 1922 – January 11, 2016

Yasmine Marshoud Cadoura was born on January 11, 1922 and fell asleep in the Lord on January 11, 2016. Yasmine was born in Ramallah, Palestine to the late Marshoud and Nijmeh Eadeh. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1965, where she lived a faithful life as a member of St. George Antiochian Church. Yasmine was also active in the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville. Her greatest joy in life was her family.

A mother to all, Yasmine’s compassion and concern for others set her apart as the matriarch of the local Ramallah community. She was preceded in death by her husband Khalil Cadoura, her daughter May Mardini (Zohair) and her daughter Doris Saman. Yasmine is survived by her daughters, Abla Mousa (the late Jack), Muna Farhud (Issa), Rima Mousa (Freddie), Hanan Iwais (the late Fahed), Samia Eadeh (George) and Carolin Mardini (Bassam). She is also survived by her 23 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

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Obituary: Nahil Sliman Kishek Ewis

Nahil Sliman Kishek Ewis

Nahil Sliman Kishek Ewis
2/28/1933 to 1/10/2016

In loving memory of Nahil Sliman Kishek wife of the late Khamis Salam Ewis. She is survived by her seven children, Gladis Saba, George Ewis, Saliba Ewis, Nader Ewis, Samia Jaar, Maher Ewis and Sandy Bajalia. She has 27 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren and number 9 was on the way. Nahil was a faithful Christian who always believed in God. She had a beautiful heart that cared for everybody around her. She will always be missed. May her soul rest in peace and her memory be eternal. Allah yerhemek ya ahla im. We love you.  

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Special Recognition: Katherine Shunnarah Akel

Katherine Shunnarah Akel

Katherine Shunnarah Akel was recognized by Mr. Watson, Owner of Watson Realty Corp, and Broker Donna Overman, and the letter was copied to the Governor. Katherine is happily married to Andy Akel and they have 2 sons.

Dear Ms. Overman,

It is important to me that you be aware of the actions of one of your employees, Mrs. Kathy Akel. I am a long time friend and POA for Mr. Ken Miller, who on Thursday January 30, 2014, sold his home at 11871 Remsen Road. Mr. Miller is 83 years old, a WWII veteran, and a man living alone in bad health. He left North Carolina 2 years ago when his wife died to return to Jacksonville where he lives several years ago.

Mrs. Akel without hesitation took a personal interest in making things comfortable for Mr. Miller. Things were going well until Monday before the closing when Mr. Miller took deathly ill. Mrs. Akel went to check on Mr. Miller and took him to the Emergency Room, which in all sincerity saved his life. The doctor called me next day after running several test and advised he needed my consent to operate on Mr. Miller or he would be dead by nightfall from a ruptured colon that also was send his already weak heart into being out of rhythm. As of today, Mr. Miller is still in ICU at Baptist South.

Mrs. Akel, with nearly 400 text messages and numerous calls to me over the next few days, personally and at my request, proceeded to start packing personal items of Mr. Miller because the closing was on Thursday and all items had to be out of the home or affect the closing, which would have been disastrous to me and Mr. Miller.

I had lined up a friend of Mr. Miller’s in North Carolina to arrive by air on Thursday and drive a Penske rental back here to a place I rented for Mr. Miller. Mrs. Akel went to the Penske rental on Philips Hwy to assist in this. Then another disaster hit. The snow closed the Atlanta airport on Thursday and the driver’s flight was cancelled. My fear of it affecting the closing, Mrs. Akel arranged for and supervised several locals to assist loading the rental truck and load the car on a carrier.

Finally around 4:00 pm on Thursday, the rental was loaded and Mrs. Akel had a helper drive the car over to Penske to be loaded on a carrier and be ready for the driver when he finally arrived on Friday. Mrs. Akel also paid those helpers out of her personal funds $500 for their labor. She did this without my assurance that she would be reimbursed, which she was. I have never personally met Mrs. Akel but it turns out we have developed immense trust for each other.

Mrs. Akel has gone to visit Mr. Miller in ICU and she is still assisting me on the welfare of Mr. Miller, even though the sale of the home is finalized. There is no way possible I could have done the moving, the closing, and the emergency care of Mr. Miller here in North Carolina without the wonderful and caring of Mrs. Akel. She literally was a God sent to me.

I am a former combat leader in Vietnam and a long time sworn deputy sheriff here in North Carolina, (now retired). I have seen the enemy up close and dealt with ruthless criminals who deserve nothing, and I have seen soldiers do unbelievable acts of heroism that never got recognized. I have now witnessed a realtor named Mrs. Kathy Akel, go above and beyond her call of duty to sell a home. It is refreshing to know there are still people in America who actually care about others in very unselfish ways.

I am requesting that Mrs. Kathy Akel be recognized by Watson Realty and by the Realtors Associations of Florida and whatever national Realtors Association Watson Realty belongs to. She is to me, the epitome of a realtor and a great human being.

Very Sincerely Yours,
Rodney Gene Cress

cc: Governor Rick Scott
cc: Senator Marco Rubio

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby Girl Olivia Presley born to Mr. and Mrs. Ziadeh and Carmen Khoury Farhat. Her proud grandparents are Edward and Ida Gazaleh Khoury and Abraham and Maysoon Farhat.

Baby Boy Bradley Brooks born to Scott and Lyanna Louthan Kalil. His proud grandparents are Sam and Frieda Kalil and Edwin and Evalee Louthan.

Baby Boy Adeeb Andre born to Christopher and Razan Farmand. His proud grandparents are Anwar and Salwa Farmand and Dr. Taroub and Dr. Ghassan Faramand from Ramallah.

Baby Boy Hudson Gabriel born to Anthony and Kelly Rukab Salem. His proud grandparents are Ronald and Nancy Salem and Robert and Paula Rukab.

Weddings:
Nicole Leigh Ghanayem, daughter of Salem and Donna Farah Ghanayem, married Andrew Nelson, son of Dennis and Wendolyn Van Beck and James and Linda Nelson.

Suzanne Lynn Bateh, daughter of Rose Mufeed Bateh and the late Mufeed Bateh, married Spyros Dennis Syrmis, son of the late Christo and Katherine Syrmis.

Victoria Ann Bishara, daughter of Victor and Deborah Bishara married Andy Yacoub Akel, son of Yacoub Jameel and Mary Akel.

Club News:

At the end of January, our annual membership dinner/installation of officers’ ceremony was held. Close to 450 members were in attendance including the Honorable Judge Gary Flower and various Federation guests. Outgoing President Issa Odeh thanked everyone for their support, recapping our record membership and those members who assisted with our signature events. Outgoing President Odeh also asked for everyone’s assistance to continue their support and exceed our 2016 membership goals. Incoming President Nicholas Mousa stated how honored he is to continue our strong legacy and to lead our community to a successful 2016.

2016 Officers and Board Members:
President: Nicholas Mousa
Vice President: Edward M Bateh
Treasurer: Elias Louie Samaan
Financial Secretary: Sandy Salem
Recording Secretary: Melissa Alley Farhat

Board Members:
Victoria Akel
Eric M Bateh
John J Bateh
Sammy Batteh
Issa N Odeh
Joy Ackall Rukab
Nabil Rukab
Sylvia Zarou

On Super Bowl Sunday, we continued with tradition and held our annual Super Bowl party. Multiple members enjoyed food, fellowship and Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Many thanks to the officers and board for coordinating the event and our attendees who brought the delicious side items.

On Valentine’s Day, a Children’s Valentine’s Day party was held for our youngest members of the club preceding our general assembly meeting. Crafts, cookie decorating and pizza were provided. Everyone including the adults had a wonderful time. Many thanks go out to Mrs. Kara Bateh Mousa and Mrs. Sandy Saad Salem for coordinating the event.

Prior to our March General Assembly meeting, a homemade spaghetti dinner was served to the members. The dinner was delicious and sold out. Many thanks go out to Kara Bateh Mousa and her committee.

Youth Group News:
Congratulations to our 2016 Youth Group Officers and Advisors.

President: Carly Hanna
Vice President: Fuad Batteh
Secretary: Kaitlyn Bateh
Treasurer: Jonathan Farhat
Assistant Treasurer: Buder Bajalia
Historians: Elaina Rukab and Said Akel
Youth Group Advisors: Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab

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

The Salem and Ziadeh families for the passing of Najla Ziadeh Salem.

The Ewis and Kishek families for the passing of Nahil Sliman Kishek Ewis

May their memories be eternal.

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Easter Egg Hunt!

Please join us for the Annual Ramallah American Club Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 20
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for food, fun, and crafts, cookie decorating, the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt! We will have hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers available for purchase for $5. Meals include chips and a drink.
Egg hunts will begin by age group at 1:30, please bring your Easter basket!

This event is free with food for purchase and open to the public.

SAVE THE DATE!
Please mark your calendars for July 30th and plan to attend our Summer Party! More information to follow. If you would like to join the planning committee please contact Eric Bateh at embateh@gmail.com.

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