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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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