Baby Boy, Frank George Mackoul III was born to Frank and Amanda Salem Mackoul. His proud grandparents are Georgette Mackoul and Sam and Hanan Salem.
Baby Girl, Jada Steven was born to Steven and Angie Akel Elias. Her proud grandparents are Alfred and Nabila Elias, and Akel (Jimmy) Akel and Janan Akel.
Jessica Tiffany Zarou, daughter of Nader and Sylvia Farah Zarou married Scott Michael Dellorso, son of Michael and Janet Dellorso.
On Thursday, September 29th, twenty ladies gathered for a Wine & Paint Ladies Night Out at Yes You Canvas. No artistic skills were required and everyone had an amazing time. Many thanks go out to our Youth Group Director Christy Farmand Rukab for coordinating the event.
Our annual Fall Picnic was held on Sunday, October 2nd. Many members attended and participated in fellowship, fun and arts and crafts. It was a huge success. Many thanks go out to Chairpersons Kara Bateh Mousa and Sandy Mousa as well as their volunteers.
Youth Group News:
On Saturday, November 12th, eleven youth group members enjoyed dinner at Johnny Angel’s Diner then ventured to the Great Escape Room. They had a blast and escaped the room in record time for the day. Many thanks go out to the Youth Group Directors, Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab.
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:
– The Farhat family for the passing of Ziadeh (John) Hanna Farhat
– The Habayeb and Farah families for the passing of Layla Hiresh Habayeb in Ramallah. Her daughter is Reem Habayeb Farah.
– The Bateh family for the passing of Ramzi Abraham Bateh
– The Louh family for the passing of George Nekhleh Louh
May their memories be eternal
Dal‘Ouna Ensemble and “Children of the Stone” US concert and Book Tour:
The Ramallah Club of Jacksonville in conjunction with Palestine Day proudly hosted the Dal‘Ouna Ensemble and “Children of the Stone” US concert and Book Tour on Friday evening September 23rd. The Jacksonville event was one of 13 stops for the ensemble in the US and the only performance in the south. Many events leading up to the night were also part of the celebration.
The US tour coincides with the paperback release of the critically acclaimed book “Children of the Stone” written by Author Sandy Tolan. The book tells the true life story of Ramzi Aburedwan, a young man who gained international fame at age 8 when a photographer snapped a picture of him in a Palestine Refugee Camp near Ramallah, preparing to throw a rock at Israeli Soldiers during the first Intifada. Ramzi‘s dream was to study music and to eventually open music schools all over Palestine. The book tells the story of how Mr. Tolan and Ramzi meet and how Ramzi pursues his dream in a very hard and driven life.
Prior to their performance, Mr. Tolan was featured in an article in Jacksonville’s local Newspaper, The Florida Times-Union, promoting the club’s event and highlighting his compassionate support of Palestinian rights. In addition, Mr. Tolan and Aburdewan were featured on Jacksonville’s NPR affiliate, WJCT First Coast Connect radio program with Melissa Ross.
The ensemble includes Ramzi Aburedwan, Ziad Ben Youssef, Tareq Rantisi, Edwin Buger, and vocalist Nidal Ibourk. Prior to the performance, Aburedwan, the ensemble and Tolan greeted sponsors and audience members and continued engaged throughout the night with book signings.
The evening ended with a presentation of a violin to the Dal’Ouna Ensemble as a donation to the Al Kamandjati Music Schools founded by Ramzi.
The group performed to a sold out VIP/sponsorship audience and to a near sell-out crowd of general seating. Co-Chairs Ronie Rukab and Janice Farhat would like to thank all of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the year to help make this event so successful. In addition, the co- chairs would also like to thank the sponsors who generously supported this event as well all of the community who came and attended. A special note of thanks also goes out to Dr. Sam and Poppi Elias for their generous support of the event as well as their gracious hospitality in hosting the ensemble and the committee on the evening of the ensemble’s arrival to Jacksonville.