Know Thy Heritage Leadership Program

The Know Thy Heritage leadership program at HCEF, is a program that brings Palestinian youth of the Diaspora back to Palestine.

HCEF still has some spots remaining for this year’s delegation to Palestine, and they are hoping to receive more Palestinian-Americans to join them on the trip.

Select the link below to view the promotional flyer for Know Thy Heritage.

Know Thy Heritage

Please contact Mr. John Karvonen if you need any additional information.

Mr. John Karvonen
Communications & Programs Coordinator
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Inc.
6935 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 518
Bethesda, MD 20815-6124, USA
Tel: 301-951-9400 x 205
Fax: 301-951-9402
E-mail: jkarvonen@hcef.org
Website: www.HCEF.org

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Father’s Day Picnic and Raffle June 21st

The Fathers’ Day Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 21st. There will be a 50/50 raffle at the Fathers’ Day Picnic. Tickets will be $5 a ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Winner gets half the pot. Please plan to attend.

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June General Assembly & Youth Group Meetings

***Special Announcement Regarding the Club’s Vacant Treasurer Position***
In accordance with the Club’s Constitution, the Treasurer vacancy was announced at last month’s General Assembly meeting. In order for the General Assembly to vote on the vacancy this Sunday, June 7 a quorum of the membership must be established.

As our Club membership has now grown to over 500 people, the required number of members present in order to establish a quorum has also grown. Therefore, we ask that you please make every effort to attend this Sunday’s meeting so that we my establish a quorum, and vote on the vacant position. Thank you.

In addition, the Youth Group meeting will be at 5:00PM and the Youth Group Officers will meet at 4:30PM. Also, our Youth will be serving Bezar and Nakrashah with Arabic Coffee. Donations will be accepted.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

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Monte Carlo Night

A Night in Monte Carlo – Vegas Entertainment Close to Home!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Come try your hand at a variety of casino-style games and raffles including
Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Slots, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes and More!

Go home a winner and let “Luck be a Lady Tonight!”
Tickets $30 per person — $20 for kids 17 years and younger
Mazza/Appetizers, Cash Bar and Fun, Fun, Fun for Everyone
Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.

For sponsorship information call Ed Bateh: (904) 509-7442 or Donald Bateh: (904) 312-0100

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National Arab Orchestra Concert

Members of our Ramallah Community:

RAMALLAH CLUB MEMBER PRE-SALE – ACT FAST (TICKET SALES OPEN TO PUBLIC ON FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015)

The National Arab Orchestra has been dedicated to preserving and performing the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music while at the same time preserving the Arab culture’s rich heritage in musical arts. The NAO has performed across the country and has pleased many crowds of all types and sizes by spreading harmony through Middle Eastern Music.

For the first time, the National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble will be performing in Florida! Founded in 2009 by Michael Ibrahim, the NAO Orchestra was originally a takht; a small chamber music group comprised of ‘oud (Arab lute), qanun (Arab zither), violin, nay (Arab reed flute), and riqq (Arab tambourine). Since then, the ensemble has grown to become an orchestra under the leadership of its founder and music director, Michael Ibrahim. The NAO Orchestra is comprised of musicians of both Arab and non-Arab backgrounds who are either students or professional musicians in the community.

You can be a part of the legacy by joining us on Saturday, August 22, 2015 for a two hour live concert directed by the dynamic conductor, Michael Ibrahim!

For VIP packages only, which include a private meet and greet with the Ensemble and premium seating, contact Eric Bateh at 904-635-8605.

For General Seating, please use https://naojax.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

Must have ticket to enter the event!

Schedule of the Evening:
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Private Meet and Greet for VIP
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Cocktail Hour: Complimentary Beer/Wine (21+), Soda, Water, Appetizers & Hors D’oeuvres
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Live Concert
Complimentary Sweets & Coffee served during intermission and after the concert.

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Save the Date: National Arab Orchestra

Members of our Ramallah Community:

The Ramallah Club is proud to announce that we are hosting the National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble Group on Saturday August 22, 2015 at our own Ramallah Club! There will be 9 musicians including a male singer and female singer! This orchestra performs all over the country and this will be their debut in Florida! Please save the date and more details will be provided in the coming weeks including how you can buy your tickets!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Obituary: Kamal Salman Bateh

Kamal Salman Bateh
4/16/40-2/11/15

Kamal Salman Bateh

Kamal Salman Bateh, 74 passed away peacefully in Hospice care in Jacksonville, Florida while battling the aggressive end stages of his dementia. The son of Salman & Jamillah Bateh, Kamal was born in Ramallah, Palestine. Kamal moved to the United States at the age of 12 and helped his father with his grocery stores. He later became a business owner himself, owning several very successful sandwich shops.

At age 28 he met and married Karimeh Bateh in Jacksonville, FL. During their 45 years of marriage they had 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters. Kamal is survived by his wife Karimeh, his daughters Amy, Heather & Tammy and his grandchildren Breanna & Bella.

He will be dearly missed by his family & all who knew him.

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Hathihe Ramallah Magazine News

Newborns:
Baby Boy Caleb Jeremy born to Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy and Nichole Odeh Campbell. His proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny and Judy Campbell and Hiyam Odeh and the late Odeh I. Odeh.

Baby Girl, Jordyn Leila, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy and Jamilah Batteh Brown McCann. Her proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Jill McCann and Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Brenda Batteh Brown.

Weddings:
Cristina Teresa Jubran, daughter of Lina Jubran Catasus and Jose Catasus of Gainesville, Florida married John Hoffman, son of Jim and Debbie Hoffman of St. Augustine, Florida.

Tammy Isam Salameh, daughter of Isam and Liala Salameh married Tony Farah Dabit, son of Farah and Nahida Dabit of White House, Tennessee.

Caroline Farhat, daughter of Joseph and Diane Farhat married Raghuram Krishnamachari, son of Krishnaveni Thirumalai of Chennai, India.

Graduations:

Caroline Randall Bateh

Caroline Randall Bateh, daughter of Randall and Suha Bateh graduated from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. She was in the rigorous AICE Cambridge Program graduating with her AICE Diploma, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and Bright Futures. She will be attending Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida in the fall and plans to major in Dentistry. Her proud grandparents are John and Klare Bateh, and the late Atallah and Dalal Habash.

Dylan Ziadeh Bateh

Dylan Ziadeh Bateh son of Raymond and Donna Bateh graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the School of Business. He will attend the University of Florida in the fall to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Business. His proud grandparents are Leila Z. Bateh, and Jalil and Leila Salah.

Samantha Hilaneh Batteh

Samantha Hilaneh Batteh daughter of Sammy Fuad and Ghada Habash Batteh graduated from Mandarin High School and took part in the National Honors Society. She will be attending the University of Central Florida in the summer pursuing a degree in Forensic Science.

Houston Batteh Brown

Houston Batteh Brown son of Kevin and Brenda Batteh Brown graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology. His proud grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Fuad Salem and Mary Batteh and Mary Jo Porter.

Adam Benjamin Catasus

Adam Benjamin Catasus son of Lina Jubran Catasus and Jose Catasus of Gainesville, Florida graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University on May 3, 2015 with a degree in Marine Biology.

Khalil Easa Farah

Khalil Easa Farah son of Eddie and Reem Farah graduated from Florida State University College of Law. He will join his father, the founder of the law offices of Farah and Farah. His proud grandparents are Suad Asad Jubran and the late Khalil Easa Farah, and Michelle Salem Habayeb and Leila Salim Hreish.

Gabriella Rema Farhat

Gabriela Rema Farhat daughter of Salem Isa and Sandra Mousa Farhat graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Minor in Professional Education. Her proud grandparents are the late Isa Salem Farhat and Harriet Carter Farhat, and Freddie Esa and Rima Mousa.

Anthony Nelson Farmand

Anthony Nelson Farmand son of Musa and Gina Farmand graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He will attend the University of West Florida where he will play football beginning their inaugural season. His proud grandparents are Kamel and Nuhad Farmand and Nelson and Marie Salem.

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Samantha Jo Ghanayem daughter of Salem Jalil Ghanayem and Donna Farah Ghanayem graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with her Juris Doctorate on May 17, 2015. Her proud grandparents are the late Jalil Salem and the late Suhalia Mogannam Ghanayem, and Suad Bajalia Farah and the late Nakhleh Hanna Farah.

Peter Joseph Gioello

Peter Joseph Gioello son of Janet Farah Gioello graduated from Mandarin High School and plans to attend Florida State College of Jacksonville, Florida. His proud grandparents are Aziz & Samira Farah.

David Alexander Hanania

David Alexander Hanania, son of David and Tania Hanania graduated from Atlantic Coast High School in the AP Honors Program with a 4.7 GPA. His proud grandparents are Musa and Hind Hanania and Said and Samira Samaan. Alex with attend the University of Florida on the pre-professional track.

Jarrod James Mousa

Dr. Jarrod James Mousa son of Jim and Howaida Mousa graduated from the University of Florida (UF) with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Jarrod began his undergraduate studies in 2006 at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Florida where he double-majored in Chemistry and English.  

While at the University of Florida, Jarrod conducted research on the biosynthesis and transport of secondary metabolites, particularly those metabolites produced by pathogenic organisms. He began two long-standing collaborative projects which are highlighted in his dissertation. He was awarded at UF with the Grinter Award, and the William and Arlene Ruegamer Fellowship. Jarrod will continue his research at Vanderbilt University as a post-doctoral fellow.

He is the grandson of the late Easa Hanna and Farida Mousa; Zohair Mardini and the late May Mardini. He is the great grandson of Yasmine Cadoura.

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Jamie Madison Osterhoudt daughter of Hiram Osterhoudt and Maha Farmand Osterhoudt graduated from Mandarin High School. She was the captain of the girls’ volleyball team and served in Leadership at the school.  Her proud grandparents are Hiram Osterhoudt SR and Geraldine Osterhoudt, and Kamel and Nuhad Farmand.

Victoria Anne Richter

Victoria Anne Richter daughter of Thomas and Diane (Bateh) Richter graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She will be attending the University of North Florida, pursuing a degree in Business. Her proud grandparents are Grace and the late Leo Richter and Jack and Suad Bateh.

Francis Ryan Rukab

Francis Ryan Rukab son of Charlie and Diane Rukab graduated from Mandarin High. He will pursue a degree in Computer Science from the University of North Florida. His proud grandparents are Frank and Seham Rukab and Azmi and Victoria Samaan.

Michael Edward Salem
 
Michael Edward Salem son of Edward Bader and Linda Salem graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Finance and Hospitality Management. He is attending University of Alabama Birmingham in the fall to pursue a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration. His proud grandparents are Najla Salem and the late Bader Salem, and Nabila Salem and the late Zacky Salem.

Club News:
Correction to February’s News:
In February, our club hosted a medical mission dinner to support the AFRP efforts. Close to 300 people attended and enjoyed a formal dinner along with a power point presentation outlining the medical mission’s work. Appreciation and thanks go out to Chairpersons Marwan Akel and Johnny Rukab; Ticket Chairperson Said Samaan, their committee for organizing the event and the various donors.

Team Ramallah

Undaunted Team Ramallah made its debut on this sultry day at this year’s Gate River Run in March. Anthony Salem led the charge with a 1:27. Dr. Ron Salem finished in tow at 1.35. In the women’s division Dalya and Rawan Farah led the way holding hands at the home stretch both crossing the finish line at 1:30:29. Other notable times were David Hanania at 1:34; Chris Farmand at 1:37:37 and Ramzi Farah at 1:54:06. All other participants made a fine effort and finished with panache. Many thanks go out to Eddie Farah, Chris Farmand and David Hanania for organizing our team. (Submitted by Eddie Farah)

Spring Picnic

Our annual Spring Picnic was held in March and it was a huge success. Close to 300 members were in attendance including the children dressed with their Easter Basket in hand to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny and to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Many thanks go out to Chairperson and Co-Chairperson Mrs. Shadia Shunnarah Odeh and Ms. Hiyam Odeh for organizing the picnic, and the Easter Egg Hunt, as well as the Youth Group. (From left: Luke Farah, Haley Saman, Mikayla Saman, Isabella Farhat and Hannah Farah.)

Mothers' Day Brunch

In May a Mother’s Day Brunch was held at the Deercreek Country Club. Chairperson Shadia Shunnarah Odeh, Co-Chairperson Amber Salem Samaan and their committee hosted and coordinated an amazing event. Christy Farmand Rukab and Amber Salem Saaman spoke about their experiences with motherhood; gift baskets were raffled off; games were played and an open forum discussion about raising children brought many laughs to this fun event! All 72 ladies had a great time together!

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

The Bateh family for the passing of Kamal Salman Bateh

May his memory be eternal.

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Order your Pavers!

We are now accepting paver forms. You may show your support by having a paver engraved with your custom message in honor and/or in memory of your loved ones. Paver order forms will be accepted through May 31, 2015 and each 4″ x 8″ paver costs $100. Orders not accepted after May 31, 2015 and until the next application period is reopened in 2016.

Please send the completed form along with your check made payable to the Ramalllah American Club of Jacksonville to:

Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville
3130 Parental Home Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Attention: David Hanania

If you have any questions please contact David Hanania at abualex@comcast.net.

Select the link below to access the Paver form. Please complete the form in its’ entirety and print clear and legible.

Paver Order Form 2015

This is a great way to remember and honor loved ones. We appreciate your support!

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Our annual Mother’s Day Brunch will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 10:00AM at Deercreek Country Club. Please contact Shadia Odeh at sodeh103@aol.com or 904-868-8135, or Shereen Shunnarah Bateh at 904-699-5953 to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $30 per person. Guest speakers from the community will speaking about motherhood.

In addition to the $30 tickets, tickets are available for girls under the age of 11 for $15.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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