Obituary: John Peter Bateh

John Peter Bateh
September 9, 1938 –September 1, 2016

John P. Bateh was born on September 9, 1938 in Ramallah, Palestine to Butros and Sabha Salamy Bateh. During his teenage years, John immigrated to the United States on St. Patrick’s Day in 1954, where he then began attending Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, FL. Shortly after, he proposed to his sweetheart Klare Batteh, and they were married on January 4, 1959. John and Klare were blessed with four children: Randall, Raymond, Renee and Robert. During their time raising children, John supported his ever growing family with three businesses: Brentwood Food Market, The Sandwich Shop, and Breakfast, Lunch & More.

Besides his businesses, he was a lifetime member of the Ramallah American Club. For over twenty years, John served in some capacity in the Club, including, but not limited to, President and Treasurer. He was especially instrumental in the plans of refurbishing the Club.  As hard of a worker as he was, he still found the time to fulfill his passion to travel. John and Klare were blessed with four grandchildren: Caroline, John, and Emily from Randall and his wife Suha Habash; and Zabrina, from Raymond and his wife at the time, Heather Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents: Butros and Sabha; sisters: Freida Bajalia, Yesmeen Bateh; brother: Bateh P. Bateh (Salwa). John peacefully and pain free passed away at his home on September 1, 2016 with his wife of 57 years by his side when he took his last breath.

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Hathihe Ramallah Magazine News

Newborns:
Baby Girl Alexa Jade was born to Jamil and Lena Danforah Farhat. Her proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Isam and Jeanette Farhat and Mr. and Mrs. Remon and Jeanine Danforah

Baby Boy Hunter Timothy was born to Greg and Jena Kassis Higginbotham. His proud grandparents are Marty and Susan Higginbotham and Mr. and Mrs. Issa and Effa Kassis.

Weddings:
Mohanad Iwais, son of Hanan Iwais and her beloved Fahed Iwais, married Manal Kawaja, daughter of Mr. Husam and Mrs. Muna Kawaja of Houston, Texas.

Special Recognition:

Our own Joy Batteh-Freiha was recognized with The American Federation of Ramallah Palestine’s Distinguished Service Award for recognition of the work done in writing and editing the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine’s first Annual Report, summarizing the progress of the Federation and outlining its various sponsored programs. Congratulations Joy and Bravo!!!!

Club News:
On Saturday July 30th our Ramallah Club hosted a Summer Party with nearly 200 people in attendance. The DJ played the latest Arabic and American hits while everyone enjoyed appetizers, Hookahs and a special treat: Henna Tattoos! Special thanks goes out to chairperson, Eric Bateh and his committee. 

On Saturday, August 20th our RACJ hosted a Children’s Water Play Date. Many adorable children of all ages came to enjoy slides, water balloons, a pie-eating contest, and hamburgers and hotdogs. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this a very enjoyable event.

50th Anniversary:

Bader and Jeanette Bajalia of Jacksonville, Florida celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on April 24th, 2016. They celebrated with a reception on May 29th. Their children are Joseph, married to Sandy Khamis Ewis Bajalia; Darlene, Nader, Roger and Ronald. They have 3 grandchildren, Buder, Brianna and Christian.

Youth Group News:  

On Wednesday, July 27th, 20 members of our Youth Group gathered at Dave & Busters for fellowship and fun. Special thanks to our Youth Group Directors, Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab who chaperoned the event as well as assisted with coordinating the event, and Abla Bishara Farhat who also chaperoned the event.

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

The Bateh family for the passing of Hanna Peter Bateh.

May their memories be eternal.

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Upcoming Events

September General Assembly Meeting:
Please mark your calendars and save the date for the next General Assembly meeting. It will be held September 11th at 6 pm. Wardeh Bateh and her Committee have graciously offered to prepare a Sfeeha (Meat-pie) dinner with tabouli and a drink for $7. Please plan to join us!

Youth Group Meeting:
The Next youth group meeting will be held in September 11th at 5:30. Parents please continue to encourage your children to participate in meetings by bringing them to the club! We are excited to continue to have meetings in the new youth room! Have questions or comments? Please contact Christy or Kathy at christyrukab@yahoo.com or 614-9740.

The youth group fundraiser party will be on December 3rd, tickets will be sold ahead of time, and is open to members and nonmembers ages 13-20. Please plan to join us!

Dalouna Ensemble:
Tickets will be available at the September meeting for those interested in purchasing tickets or viewing sponsorship packages. The date is coming up quick so please purchase your tickets and come join us for a special night!

Ladies Wine and Canvas!
Ladies, join us for a members only wine and canvas night on September 29th at Yes You Canvas from 6:30-8:30! Tickets must be purchased in advance via Eventbrite. For more information please check the RAC Facebook page.

The RAC’s Golf Tournament is BACK!
Save the date for Sunday, October 9th at Deercreek Country Club! Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole or playing please contact Edward Bateh at embateh@att.net as soon as possible. Thank you!

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August General Assembly Meetings

August General Assembly Meeting:
Please mark your calendars and save the date for the next General Assembly meeting. It will be held August 7th at 6pm. We will have light maza available.

Youth Group Meeting:
The next youth group meeting will be held in August 7th at 5:30pm. Parents please continue to encourage your children to participate in meetings by bringing them to the club! We are excited to have our FIRST meeting in the new youth room with pizza and drinks! Have questions or comments? Please contact Christy or Kathy at christyrukab@yahoo.com or 614-9740.

The RAC’s Golf Tournament is BACK!
Save the date for Sunday, October 9th at Deercreek Country Club! Anyone interested in helping to plan please contact Edward Bateh at embateh@att.net as soon as possible. Thank you!

Dalouna Ensemble:
Tickets will be available at the August meeting for those interested in purchasing tickets or viewing sponsorship packages. This will be an exciting event please plan to attend!

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby Girl Audrey Mae was born to Akel Karim Akel and Michelle Straub Akel. Her proud grandparents are Karim and Abla Akel and John and Mary Straub and Beverly Straub.

Baby Boy Fares Abraham was born to Abraham and Rawan Sakhel Kassees. His proud grandparents are Victor and Salwa Kassees and Samir and Rima Sakhel of Jerusalem.  

Weddings:
Lauren Juliette Hassan, son of Esa and Sonia Hassan married Jared Ryan Nelson, son of Mr. Bryan Nelson and Ms. Carolyn Nelson.

Kathleen Margaret Bajalia, daughter of Nicholas and Julia Bajalia of St Augustine, Florida married Christopher Salim Saa, son of Salim and Yvonne Saa of Clifton, Virginia.

Graduates:
Congratulations to Jack Hanania Hanania, son of Jack and Debbie Hanania who graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Florida. He will continue his education and pursue his law degree. His proud grandparents are Nada Hanania and the late Yacoub Hanania and Nelson and Marie Salem. We are so very proud of him!

Special Recognition:
Congratulations to our own Emily (Donald) Bateh, John (Randall) Bateh, Mikayla Batteh and Reem Farhat
for being selected as the winners of the AFRP Outstanding High School Senior Awards. They were chosen
for their exceptional work as High School Seniors. Congratulations to each of you! Our Jacksonville
family is so proud of you!

Travel:
Our Jacksonville community welcomed Bassam and JoAnn Hanna Rabah from Ramallah. They vacationed in Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia and Ashville, North Carolina during their stay in the
U.S., which was from the end of March through the beginning of June. They had an amazing time with
family and friends. JoAnn is the daughter of Joseph and Mary Bateh of Jacksonville, Florida and Bassam
is the son of Hanna and Laila Rabah.

Club News:
Our annual Father’s Day picnic was held on Father’s Day. Almost 300 people were in attendance and it
was a huge success. Many thanks go out to Chairpersons Kara Bateh Mousa and Sandy Mousa as well as
their committee for their hard work.

Youth Group News:  
On Wednesday, June 15th , our youth group had a pool party at Dr. Muneer and Lana Salameh Hanna’s
home. Dinner was provided as well as fun and fellowship in the pool. Many thanks go out to Dr. and Mrs.
Hanna for hosting a fun event and a great kick off to the summer.

Youth Group Lock In

On Thursday, July 7th , thirteen members of our youth held a lock in and had a great time. They also collected over 100 cans of food to donate to our local Food Bank. Many thanks go out to our youth for their continued focus on our less fortunate as well as our Youth Group Directors Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab for chaperoning the event, as well as their additional chaperone, Abla Bishara Farhat.

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

The Kandah family for the passing of Aziz Yousef Kandah

The Essa family for the passing of Kareemeh Essa

The Akel family for the passing of Dr. Randall (Randy) Fred Akel

May their memories be eternal.

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Dal’Ouna Ensemble & Children of the Stone

In Celebration of Palestine Day 2016, the Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville Proudly Presents
Dal’Ouna Ensemble & Children of the Stone U.S. Concert & Book Tour

Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville
Friday, September 23, 2016 7:00 PM

Doors open at 7 PM
Book Signing after the Performance

Buy Your Tickets Today at
ChildrenOfTheStone.Eventbrite.com

$60 General Admission
$50 for RAC Members until August 7
$25 Students with Valid ID

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Al Kamandjati Music Schools throughout Palestine and Lebanon via Alwan for the Arts, a 501(c)3 organization.

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July Meetings and Events

July General Assembly Meeting:
Please mark your calendars and save the date for the next General Assembly meeting. It will be held July 17th 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 with proceeds benefiting the Ramallah Club.

Youth Group Meeting:
The Next youth group meeting will be held in August. Parents please continue to encourage your children to participate in meetings by bringing them to the club! Have questions or comments? Please contact Christy or Kathy at christyrukab@yahoo.com or 614-9740.

The RAC’s Golf Tournament is BACK!
Save the date for Sunday, October 9th at Deercreek Country Club! Anyone interested in helping to plan please contact Edward Bateh at embateh@att.net as soon as possible. Thank you!

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

Dalouna Ensemble:
Tickets will be available at the July meeting for those interested in purchasing tickets or viewing sponsorship packages.

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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 🙁

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, “Crocodile Crossing,” a news feature that highlights the thrill of a local Alligator Farm’s zipline activity, and was also featured on the Flagler-produced show Ancient City Stories. The awards were announced in Orlando, Fla. at the organization’s 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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