July Events

July General Assembly Meeting:
Please mark your calendars and save the date for the next General Assembly meeting. It will be held July 10th at 6 pm. Ida Farah and her committee will be serving dinner beginning at 5:30 consisting of Falafel, Fattoush and dessert for $7.00. The youth group will meet beginning at 5:30.

Join the Ramallah American Club for a Summer Party!
Saturday, July 30th at 8:00 pm

Come out and enjoy:
– Today’s hottest American and Arabic music from DJ E.L.
– Hookahs from Holy Smokes Jax
– Henna by Professional Artist Mayaa Noor Mehndi
– LIVE performance by the Jacksonville Dabke Brigade

Tickets will be sold at the door as well as at the July General Assembly meeting.
– Adult tickets: $25 (RAC members receive $5 off)
– Children 12 and under: $10

Appetizers and drink setups will be provided.

Any questions, please contact RACJaxEvents@gmail.com or RSVP via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/254409304914208/ for more up to date information.

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June Meetings

June General Assembly Meeting:
Please mark your calendars for our next General Assembly Meeting, which will be Sunday, June 5th at 6:00pm. Please plan to be there so that we may establish a quorum as there are many things to be discussed. We WILL NOT BE serving a full meal this meeting due to other events in the community but will have desserts and coffee available.

Youth Group Meeting:
Our next youth group meeting will be June 5th at 5:30. We really need to see a big group come out to support our youth group. Each month we have steadily increased our number of participants, which is awesome! But if we can’t get a bigger group to participate in meetings, we won’t be able to have an end of the year trip ūüôĀ

Parents, please help encourage and bring your kids to the club. I promise the meetings are worth the trip! Feel free to call/text me at 614-9740 or email me at christyrukab@yahoo.com with any questions or comments. Thanks a bunch!

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On The Move: Kathleen Bajalia and Tarik Bateh

Kathleen Bajalia

Congratulations to Kathleen Bajalia of St. Augustine, Florida who just recently took home a first place award in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters 2016 radio and TV contest.¬† Kathleen won first place for her piece, ‚ÄúCrocodile Crossing,‚ÄĚ a news feature that highlights the thrill of a local Alligator Farm‚Äôs zipline activity, and was also featured on the Flagler-produced show Ancient City Stories. The awards were announced in Orlando, Fla. at the organization‚Äôs awards banquet.

According to the Associated Press, 32 broadcasters submitted 459 entries in the contest this year, which featured news, sports and weather reporting as well as features and photography in 2015. The Associated Press is a non-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Kathleen graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Documentary Production. Her proud parents are Nicholas and Julia Bajalia of St. Augustine, Fla and her fiancé, Christopher Saa, of Leesburg, Virginia. Kathleen will be moving to Virginia after her wedding this June and will pursue her career in Broadcast Journalism.

If you would like to view Kathleen’s full piece, click the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zti-lkpbydI

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Tarik Bateh, husband of Melissa Bateh, son of George and Janan Bateh, and grandson of Ziadeh and Leila Bateh and Saied and Suad Ghanam, was recently selected by the Jacksonville Business Journal as a “Top 40 Under 40” professional for 2016. Tarik is a Vice President in the capital markets group for Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Essa Michael Alberre born to Christopher and Rose Shabo Alberre. His proud grandparents are Essa and Samyia Hassan Alberre and Michael and Samira Shabo.

Gabriel Lemar Reisch born to Chad and Christina Bateh Reisch. His proud grandparents are Dave and Leslie Reisch of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Freddie Bateh and Shirley Bateh of Jacksonville, Florida.

Weddings:
Jennifer Salah, daughter of Dr. Jack and Judy Salah married Michael Klink, son of Robert and Nancy Klink.

Graduations:

Edward Michael Bateh

Edward Michael Bateh, son of Ed and Brenda Bateh completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Jacksonville University. His proud grandparents are Wardeh and the late Mussa Bateh and Nabiha and the late Mansour (Mike) Farah.

Elizabeth Rose Bateh

Elizabeth Rose Bateh, daughter of Ed and Brenda Bateh graduated from the University of North Florida where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She will pursue her Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Florida. Her proud grandparents are Wardeh and the late Mussa Bateh and Nabiha and the late Mansour (Mike) Farah.

Emily Mary Bateh

Emily Mary Bateh, daughter of Donald and Sireen Bateh graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. She will be attending the University of Florida (Gooo Gators!) and will pursue a degree in Nursing. Her proud grandparents are Joseph and Mary Bateh & Said and Samira Samaan.

John Randall Bateh

John Randall Bateh, son of Randall and Suha Bateh graduated from Bolles High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He will be attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he will major in the field of Neurology. His proud grandparents are John and Klare Bateh, and the late Atallah and Dalal Habash.

Lena Bateh

Lena Bateh, daughter of Sandy Essa and Shereen Elias Bateh, graduated from the University of Florida (UF) with a degree in Finance. Lena will be moving to Chicago, IL where she will be starting her full time job as a Business Analyst working for Nielsen. Her proud grandparents are Abla Essa Bateh and the late Essa C. Bateh, and the late Mike and Badia Elias. 

Lilly Anayeh Bateh

Lilly Anayeh Bateh, daughter of Mark and Lorraine (Omran) Bateh graduated from The Bolles School Jacksonville, Florida.  Lilly was inducted into The Phoenix Society for outstanding achievement in voice and dance and into the International Thespian Society honoring her achievements in theatre.  Lilly will be attending the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the fall to pursue her studies in musical theatre.  She expects to soon be on the Broadway stages. Her proud grandparents are Jamil and Nuha Bateh and Yousef (deceased) and Lilly Omran (deceased).

Suha Habash Bateh

Suha Habash Bateh, wife of Randall John Bateh, and the daughter of the late Atallah and Dalal Habash, graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville, with A.S. in Accounting Technology. She will continue her education at FSCJ to pursue her B.A.S. Information Technology Management.

Mikayla Mary Batteh

Mikayla Mary Batteh, daughter of Richard and Darlene Rukab Batteh graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida and was a member of the National Honor Society. She will be attending Sante Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida to pursue a degree in Marine Biology. Her proud grandparents are the late Fuad and Mary Batteh and Michel and the late Naimeh Rukab.

Dalya Khulood Farah

Dalya Khulood Farah, daughter of Eddie and Reem Farah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Marketing and a Minor in Sustainability Studies. She will pursue her law degree at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Her proud grandparents are Suad and the late Charlie Farah and Leila and the late Michel Habayeb. 

James Elias Farah

James Elias Farah, son of Jimmy and Hanya Farah, graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Biomedical Science. He will be attending medical school in the fall.

Rawan Sylvia Farah

Rawan Sylvia Farah, daughter of Eddie and Reem Farah graduated from the Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL. She will attend college at University of Miami. Her proud grandparents are Suad and the late Charlie Farah and Leila and the late Michel Habayeb.

Tala Suad Farah

Tala Suad Farah, daughter of Eddie and Reem Farah, graduated with her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Jacksonville University. Her proud grandparents are Suad and the late Charlie Farah and Leila and the late Michel Habayeb.

Michael Essa Farhat

Michael Essa Farhat, son of Essa and Abla Farhat graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Michael will continue his education by pursuing Law School this fall. His proud grandparents are Hilweh Farhat and the late Said Z. Farhat and Farid and Julia Bishara of Houston, Texas.

Reem Deana Farhat, daughter of Abeer and the late Abdullah Farhat graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She will be attending Florida Atlantic University to pursue a degree in Dermatology. Her proud grandparents are the late Khalil and Georgette Farhat and Hanan and the late Fahed Iwais.

Rania Leana Farhat, daughter of Abeer and the late Abdullah Farhat graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She will attend Florida State College at Jacksonville to pursue a degree in International Business. Her proud grandparents are the late Khalil and Georgette Farhat and Hanan and the late Fahed Iwais.

Bianca Rose Forte

Bianca Rose Forte, daughter of Charles and Julie Salameh Forte graduated from Bishop John J. Snyder High School. She will be attend Florida State University and pursue a double major in Criminology and Psychology. Her proud grandparents are Luca and Emily Forte and Nasim and Munira Salameh.

Christopher R. Freiha, son of Joy Batteh-Freiha, graduated with Honors from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He will be attending the University of North Florida to pursue a degree in Engineering. His proud grandparents are Jamal J. Batteh and the late Mariam B. Batteh 

Abigail Ghanayem

Abigail Farah Ghanayem, daughter of Alfred and Lisa Farah Ghanayem graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. She will be attending the University of North Florida where she plans to earn her Business degree and attend Law school. Her proud grandparents are Jabra and Martha Ghanayem and Brenda Farah and the late Fred Easa Farah.

Maryann Nicole Jaghab

Maryann Nicole Jaghab, son of George and Nancy Hishmeh Jaghab, graduated from Stetson University College of Law with her Juris Doctor (JD) degree this Spring. Her proud grandparents are Hanna (deceased) and Mary Jaghab (deceased) and Tom and Vera Hishmeh.

Ryan Thomas Jaghab

Ryan Thomas Jaghab, son of George and Nancy Hishmeh Jaghab, completed a dual-degree program this spring. Ryan graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with his Juris Doctor (JD) degree in May and Jacksonville University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in April. His proud grandparents are Hanna (deceased) and Mary Jaghab (deceased) and Tom and Vera Hishmeh.

Jared Hanna Jubran

Jared Hanna Jubran, son of Khalil and Dana Jubran graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida, He will attend Florida State College. His proud grandparents are Jeanette Jubran and the late Hanna Assad Jubran, and Leila Bajalia and the late Essa Mousa Bajalia.

Rachel Rene Rukab

Rachel René Rukab, daughter of Ricky Awad and Denise Wilson Rukab graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She will be attending Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina (on a scholarship offer) where she plans to pursue her degree in Elementary Education. Her proud grandparents are the late Nasser Awad Rukab and Evelyn Shunnarah Rukab and the late Willie Harris Wilson and Martha Smith Wilson.       

Mateo John Vila

Mateo John Villa, son of Jiancarlo and Suzanne Farhat Villa, graduated from Creekside High School.  
He will be attending Oglethorpe University where he will run Cross Country and Track in partnership with Georgia Technology Institute where he will receive a liberal arts degree as well as an Engineering degree. His proud grandparents are the late John Villa and Gela Villa and Samir and Badia Farhat.

Club News:
On Sunday, March 20th our annual Easter Egg Hunt was held including a visit from the Easter Bunny. Approximately 150 members including 60 children (with Easter baskets in hand) enjoyed homemade hamburgers & hotdogs. Much appreciation goes out to Chairpersons Sandy Salem and Kara Mousa, and their assistants Nick Mousa and Issa Odeh.

Mother's Day Brunch

On Saturday, May 7 our annual Mother’s Day luncheon was held at Queen’s Harbour Country Club. Seventy three ladies enjoyed fellowship, favors, games and guest speaker Staci Spanos-Gibson, local news broadcaster for News4Jax. Many thanks goes out to Chairperson Kara Bateh Mousa and her committee for coordinating an enjoyable event.  

Milestone:

Wardeh 95th Family Pic

Wardeh Yusuf Salameh celebrated her 95th birthday on May 5, 2016. A family party was given in her honor by her children: Nasim (Munira), Basem (Nahida), Isam (Laila), George (Delilah), Asma (Munir), Suad (Samir), Mayson (Chris). She was married to the late Yusuf Saliba Salameh for over sixty years. She enjoyed her birthday celebration with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. May God grant her much health and happiness in the years to come. We love you!

Youth Group News: 

On Saturday, March 19th Fuad Batteh hosted a movie night. Approximately 17 youth came and everyone had a wonderful time. Many thanks goes out to Fuad Batteh for hosting the event, and his parents Sammy and Ghada Habash Batteh for offering their home.

On Saturday, April 23rd members of our Youth Group gathered for dinner and then went Ice Skating. Everyone had a blast! Huge thanks goes out to our Youth Group Directors, Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab. Thanks also goes out to Abla Bishara Farhat for chaperoning the youth.

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

Bateh family for the passing of Bateh Peter Bateh

May his memory be eternal.

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May Meetings

May General Assembly Meeting:
Please mark your calendars for our next General Assembly Meeting, which will be Sunday, May 15th at 6:00pm. Please plan to be there so that we may establish a quorum as there are many things to be discussed.

DEFERRED WRITTEN NOTICE

Pursuant to Article XI of the Constitution, this e-mail 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 were not present to take action at the April meeting therefore a vote will occur during the May General Assembly meeting at which time approval may be granted by 2/3rds of the members present at that meeting.

Youth Group Meeting:
Our next youth group meeting will be May 15th at 5:30. We really need to see a big group come out to support our youth group. Each month we have steadily increased our number of participants, which is awesome! But if we can’t get a bigger group to participate in meetings, we won’t be able to have an end of the year trip ūüôĀ Parents, please help encourage and bring your kids to the club. I promise the meetings are worth the trip! Feel free to call/text me at 614-9740 or email me at christyrukab@yahoo.com with any questions or comments. Thanks a bunch!

Children of the Stone Committee Meeting:
The next Children of the Stone committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 9th at 7pm. Please plan to attend if you are interested efforts to plan the event.

Summer Hefla Committee Meeting:
The First End of Summer Party Committee Meeting is Wednesday, May 11th at 6pm. All interested parties please attend.

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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

‚ÄúHow lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.‚ÄĚ

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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