Hathihe Ramallah News July-September 2014

Weddings:
Jennifer Rose Farhat to Michael Bassam Marzoug. Their proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Bassam Marzoug and Mr. and Mrs. Omar Farhat.

Amanda Renee Saad of Ocala, Florida to Khaled Nemer Oweis. Their proud parents are Nemer and Nabila Oweis and Nabil and Boshra Saad.

Graduations:
Tyler Jack Bateh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted and Jackie Mousa Bateh graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

Club News:

Peaceful Protest

On Saturday, August 2 members participated in a peaceful protest in honor of Palestine. Approximately 150 people attended.

Youth Group News:

2014 Outstanding HS Senior Award Recipients__

Congratulations to Hannah Marie Hanania and Kristen Leigh Mousa as they were recipients of the 2014 Outstanding High School Senior Award for their outstanding credentials as high school seniors and RACJ members! They each received a $1,000.00 Apple Gift Card. Their proud parents are Dr. David and Tania Hanania and Mr. and Mrs. Easa and Amy (Shunnarah) Mousa. Mabrook Hannah and Kristen! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments!

Youth Group

On Wednesday, August 6 members of our Youth Group gathered at Dave and Busters for food and fellowship. Much appreciation goes out to our Youth Group Directors, Mrs. Shereen Shunnarah Bateh and Mrs. Ghada Habash Batteh. In addition many thanks go out to the parents that attended: Mr. Eric Bateh, Mrs. Sireen Bateh, Mrs. Suha Habash Bateh, Mrs. Ruba Farah, Mrs. Abla Farhat and Mrs. Christy Rukab.

On Saturday, August 23 twenty youth members and their parents gathered at Farah and Farah’s condominium for food, fellowship and fun. It was a very fun day. Much appreciation and thanks go out to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Farah and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Farah for hosting the event.

Grandparents' Day

On Sunday, September 7 our Youth Group hosted a spaghetti dinner in honor of Grandparents Day. It was a huge success as the food was sold out. Many thanks and much appreciation goes out to the youth, the Youth Group Directors, the parents and our community.

Church News:

St. George Teen SOYO

On Friday, August 8 approximately 13 members of our Teen Soyo volunteered at the St. Francis house in St. Augustine, Florida. They served food and organized the donations including canned goods and hygiene products which were collected over the week. Many thanks to Youth Group Director, Andrew Anthony for organizing the event as well as the parents who attended: Mrs. Ruba Farah, Ms. Abeer Iwais and Mrs. Poline Salameh.

On Sunday, August 17 the Ladies Auxiliary hosted a BBQ luncheon including a raffle for an iPad Mini. It was a huge success as the food sold out. Congratulations to Lamia Saoud for winning the iPad Mini. Much appreciation goes out to Chair Ladies Mrs. Afaf Kassis and Mrs. Naila Hanna, Co-Chair Lady Mrs. Suha Habash Bateh and the men who helped prepare: Sammy Batteh, Dr. David Hanania, Issa Kassis, Issa Odeh, Ramzi Salameh and Louie Samaan. Last but not least many thanks goes out to the community for supporting the event.

On Friday, August 22 The Ladies Auxiliary hosted a Health Education lecture featuring Cynthia Farah, Service Line Director, Oncology, Women’s Health, Cardiology, Palliative Care, & Research of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. Thirty members attended. Many thanks goes out to the Ladies’ Auxiliary President, Mrs. Poline Salameh for organizing the event.

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

The Akel family for the passing of Samir Paul Akel.

The Bajalia and Bateh families for the passing of James (Jimmy) Audi Bajalia.

May their memories be eternal.

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Ramallah Club 60th Anniversary Recap

Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville Celebrates 60 years
Honoring our Past, Embracing our Future

Celebrating those who had the vision to form a club so that our families could gather together, our traditions could survive, was the reason for the Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville’s 60th Anniversary Celebration held on August 9. Charter members, past presidents of the men’s club, ladies’ auxiliary, and others, were honored for their contributions throughout the Club’s 60-year history.

More than 460 people attended the sold-out gala celebration including the Mayor of Jacksonville, Mr. Alvin Brown, sitting judges and other public and civic leaders, special guests and Federation President Bassem Ewways.

The evening included a slideshow of historical photos, exhibited displays of items, a buffet of Arabic food and treats, a gala Signature drink – Ramallah-tini (Arak and liqueur mixture), and musical entertainment featuring Emad Batayeh and his band.

The evening also included a presentation to Miss Hanna Marie Hanania and Miss Kristen Leigh Mousa by the Federation President, as Hanna and Kristen were selected for the 2014 Outstanding High School Senior Award for their outstanding credentials as high school seniors and Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville members.

The 60th Anniversary Committee worked tirelessly for nearly two years and should be commended for a highly successful event. Co-chairs included Janice Farhat and Joy Batteh-Freiha. Committee members included: Ed Bateh, Shereen Elias Bateh, Ricky Batteh, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy and Ghada Habash Batteh, Brenda Batteh Brown, Reem Farah, Judie Farhat, Julia Farhat, Grace Jamal Farhat, Nader Farhat, Peter Farhat, Leila Mousa, Issa Odeh, Ronie Rukab and Nancy Salem.

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Al Bayyara Playgrounds in Ramallah

Enclosed are pictures of the final stones that will appear on the playgrounds in Ramallah:

– Al Masyoun
– Al Tireh
– Al Jadwal

Thank you all for making these playgrounds a reality. Two are complete and one is almost complete. Al Jadwal will be completed early next year. We now have FIVE Al Bayyara Playgrounds in Ramallah.

Thank you again,
Basem Eways, Federation President

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Announcing Team Ramallah at Gate River Run

Are you interested in participating in the Gate River Run on March 14, 2015? Eddie Farah and David Hanania are forming “Team Ramallah” and they want you to be a part of it. Possible training runs will be planned and a dry fit shirt with the “Team Ramallah” logo will be sold. Stay tuned as more information will be communicated soon.

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St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church Event

The Ladies Auxiliary of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church invites the community to come to hear Cynthia Farah speak about health issues for men and women, so please bring your friends and family.

Cynthia Farah Service Line Director, Oncology, Women’s Health, Cardiology, Palliative Care, & Research of St. Vincent’s Health Care.

Where:
St. George Church  Antiochian Orthodox Church
6300 Bowden Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32216

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM

Refreshments will be provided.   

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Social Room Closure

The back patio and concrete pad in front of the entrance to the social room will be painted this Thursday, August 21 and it requires 2 days to dry.

With that said, the room will be closed and not available until Sunday, August 24.

Please assist and communicate to those members that do not have e-mail or Facebook access. Thank You for your attention and partnership.

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SAVE THE DATE: NYE! PARTY

Back by popular demand…The Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville is excited to announce this year’s New Year’s Eve party, featuring the famous Moe Kabah, and his band, MK Band.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Mazza and set-ups provided.

Join us as we bring in the New Year! Tickets on sale soon. Check back here for more details.

https://m.youtube.com/#/user/jeerancoll

If you have any questions please contact the Chairperson and incoming RACJ President, Issa Odeh at Issaodeh76@gmail.com or our RACJ President Sammy Batteh at batteh@att.net.

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Grandparents Day Dinner

ON BEHALF OF OUR RACJ YOUTH GROUP,

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A SPAGHETTI DINNER ON SEPTEMBER 7TH AT 6PM TO CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS DAY!

MENU WILL INCLUDE:
SPAGHETTI WITH MEAT SAUCE, CAESAR SALAD, BREADSTICKS, DRINKS AND DESSERTS. ALL FOR ONLY $7.00 PER PLATE!

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
BRING YOUR TATAS AND CEDOS AND SUPPORT YOUR YOUTH GROUP!

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Ramallah Club of Jacksonville’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

The Ramallah Club of Jacksonville’s 60th Anniversary
Celebration is Saturday, August 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

We will recognize and honor those who contributed to our success, as we look forward to the future.

The evening includes a brief program, heavy mazza and all the trimmings,
beer, wine, a gala signature drink, soft drinks and water.

Entertainment provided by Emad Batayeh and his band.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT — YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ENTER

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Meeting Time Change

The National Palestine Cultural Day planning committee will not meet tonight. The meeting day has changed to next Tuesday, August 12th at 6:00 PM in the Club Board Room. As a friendly reminder the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville’s FIRST Palestine Cultural Awareness Day, is to be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

The National Palestine Cultural Day has been approved by the AFRP, and it is time for us to unite together as one to tell our story, voice our existence through cultural activities, in hopes of educating the public about the Palestinian tragedy in the middle east.

This year’s event will provide Jacksonville’s Ramallah Club members and non-members with the opportunity to educate our community, while enjoying a night of Palestinian Activist panelists, music, poetry, food, and arts and crafts for our children. The entire event will be themed “Palestine” and we are asking for you to come dressed in your Palestinian Best!

The planning committee is hard at work to make this a fun and educational evening for all. If you are interested in helping by serving on this committee, please contact Amanda Mousa Gazaleh at 904.525.1648 or mousaevents@gmail.com.

Thank you all in advance for your support with this event. We are really looking forward to it!

Amanda Mousa Gazaleh
Event Chair
And the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville Board of Directors

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