Medical Missions Dinner

Save the date and plan to join us for the Medical Mission Dinner on May 19, 2018 beginning at 6:00pm for cocktails and dinner at 7pm.
Tickets are $50 per person with proceeds to benefit medical and cultural missions.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborn:
Baby Girl, Lilia Catherine born to Robert Daniel Mousa and Cassie Marie Mousa. Her proud grandparents are Sam and Sandy Mousa, and Cathy Jones and the late Frank Jones Sr.

Baby Girl, Leila Lawson born to John and Deena Bateh Wallace.  Her proud grandparents are Wesley and Sandra Wallace and Mr. George Ziadeh Bateh and the late Janan G. Bateh.

Baby Boy, Brandon Rabih born to Adib and Dianne Elias Hitti, His proud grandparents are Adib and Mary Hitti, and George Michael Elias and Lucy Kishek Elias.

Wedding:
Valerie Wedad Salameh, daughter of Ramzi and Poline Salameh married Nicholas Wayne Pearl, son of James and Cindy Curren.

Graduation:

Andrew Charles Sackllah married to Rachel Sackllah son of Charles and Nabila Sackllah graduated from the University of Central Florida in Accounting. He will continue his education to pursue his CPA.

Club News:

On Tuesday, January 16th our club hosted “Community Suppers” sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber and OneJax. Various members within our community, the Chamber and OneJax members were involved in engaging, important and powerful conversations. These conversations allowed our club to showcase our amazing culture and proud heritage. Many thanks goes out to Joy Batteh-Freiha for organizing the event.

On Saturday, January 27th, our annual membership dinner/installation of officers’ event was held. In attendance were 400 including special guest, Federation President Hanna Hanania and other respected Federation guests. They enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by one of our local Middle Eastern caterers. Outgoing President Edward M Bateh thanked everyone for their support throughout the year. He stated what an honor it was to serve as President and encouraged our younger members to stay active and involved. Incoming President Tala Farah, our youngest President and second female President spoke about her memorable years growing up in our club. Her goal is to increase membership and focus on getting our youth more involved. Much appreciation and thanks go out to Incoming President Tala Farah, our 2017 and 2018 Officers and Board members for coordinating a successful and enjoyable event.

Outlined below are our 2018 Officers and Board Members. Congratulations and God Bless them for much success throughout the year.

Club Officers:
President: Tala Farah
Vice President: Tyler Ted Bateh
Treasurer: Elias Louie Samaan
Financial Secretary: Sandy Salem
Recording Secretary: Cynthia Farah
Club Manager: Ronie Rukab

Board Members:
Anna Ajluni
Edward Bateh
Melissa A. Farhat
David Hanania
Nova Harb
Tarek Kishek
Christy Farmand Rukab
Jeremy Salem

Youth Group Officers:
President: Said Akel 
Vice President: Kaitlyn Bateh 
Treasurer: Elaina Rukab 
Secretary: Layla Farah
Historian: Samantha Rukab
Directors: Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab

On Sunday, January 21st our club held a Jaguar Watch Party for the 2018 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. It was our Jacksonville Jaguar’s 3rd AFC Championship game. Members enjoyed great football, fellowship and great food. Unfortunately, our Jacksonville Jaguars were defeated; however, we ended our season strong. Many thanks go out to the Officers and Board for planning the event.

On Sunday, February 4th, our club hosted its’ annual Super Bowl Party, Super Bowl LII. Members enjoyed an amazing halftime show featuring Justin Timberlake and a sweet victory by The Philadelphia Eagles, their first Super Bowl win!!! Many thanks go out to the Officers and Board for planning the event.

On Sunday, March 4th, various members of our community (all ages) were interviewed by a local college student for his Honors Thesis for Anthropology. His thesis ‘focus is looking at how Palestinians in the diaspora, specifically in Jacksonville, Florida, maintain a sense of family, and identity. All interviewees provided many examples of how we showcase our pride of being Palestinian as well as being from Ramallah, Palestine. We provided him a brief history of our family heritage/legacy as well as many examples of how we display our culture and heritage. Many thanks to the officers and board for coordinating this educational event.

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

The Michael and Cadora families for the passing of Nadia Cadora Michael

The Kawwas family for the passing of Christeen Yousef Kawwas

The Bateh family for the passing of Mr. John (JJ) Bateh.

The Bateh family for the passing of Mr. Abdullah Bateh.

May they Rest In Peace and May their Memories Be Eternal.

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Mother’s Day

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Members Needed for Interview

Dominic Mitchell is a student at UNF and is currently working on his Honors Thesis for Anthropology. He needs volunteers for a group interview this Sunday 3/4 at 3:45pm, meeting in the club board room. His thesis is focused on looking at how Palestinians in the diaspora, specifically in Jacksonville, Florida, maintain a sense of Palestinian identity; and given the role the local Ramallah Club plays in the Jacksonville Palestinian community.

If interested please reach out to Dominic at (904) 707-2752 and/or email n00974299@ospreys.unf.edu. All volunteers are greatly appreciated!

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March General Assembly Meeting

Our next general assembly meeting will be held Sunday, March 4 at 6pm, with youth group meeting at 5:30. We will be serving fried fish, tahini salad and spinach pies for $10 beginning at 5:30. Please plan to attend.

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Save the Date: Spring Picnic

Sunday, March 18
Interested in helping with the Spring Picnic? Please contact Nova Harb, Novaharb@gmail.com or Cynthia Farah, Cynthiafarah@att.net for more details.

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General Assembly Meeting

Join us for February’s General Assembly Meeting.
Friday, February 9th at 6pm

We will be serving a free meal of Mujjdarah & salad starting at 5:30 for members.
Non-members are welcome to join for $5 per meal.
Forgot to pay your membership? Please bring your cash or check for $150 to the meeting.

If you would like to help prepare please join us at 4.

Youth group will be having their first meeting of the new year on Friday, February 9th at 5:30 in the youth room. Please join us!

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Super Bowl LII

Bring your favorite food and join us at the Club to watch the Eagles take on the Patriots!

Sunday, February 4
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Game starts at 6:30 pm

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Maybe One Day by Ramzi Farah

On December 6, 2017 Chuck and Ruba Farah’s son Ramzi had to write about a current event for English class at UGA. He chose to write about Peace after Trump announced moving the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Ramzi was born here in the U.S. and has been to Ramallah, Palestine and loves it. This is an example of how our teenagers are affected by this situation especially after visiting Palestine and seeing and experiencing how we are treated as a people. There is no justice but the young generation still has hope.

Maybe One Day
by Ramzi Farah

Maybe one day there will be peace
maybe one day
Maybe one day there will be peace in the Middle East
maybe one day
Maybe one day the Palestinian mother of an American born kid can return to her home
Maybe one day she can return to the place she was grown
Maybe she won’t be torn away from the place that she was born
maybe one day
Maybe one day both Palestinians and Israelis can find common ground
to find out that peace isn’t far from found
to realize that peace will ring a better sound
maybe one day
Maybe one day there will peace
Peace, in the Middle East

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborn:
Baby Boy, John Matthew was born to Matthew and Christina Darling Bateh. His proud grandparents are Johnny M Bateh and Donna (Johnny M) Bateh, and Jim and Anne Darling.

Club News:


(Pictured from left: Nicholas Odeh, Caleb Campbell and Anthony Odeh.)

On Saturday, December 9th our annual event, Breakfast with Santa was held. Approximately 130 members brought their little ones to enjoy a buffet breakfast with pancakes, egg casserole, hash browns, and more. In addition, the children decorated cookies, painted ornaments, wrote letters to Santa and thoroughly enjoyed the photo booth. And last but not least, the signature event of the day was a visit from Santa, and everyone (including the big kids) was able to take pictures with Santa himself! Big appreciation and thanks go out to Chairperson Sandy Salem, and her committee Kelly (Rukab) Salem, Sally Salem and Louie Samaan.


(Pictured from left: Jessica Zarou Dellorso, Dalya Farah, Layla Farah, Tala Farah, Rania Farah and Rawan Farah)

On NYE, our annual NYE party featuring Samir Helme and DJ Khalil from Orlando, Florida was held. Three hundred people rang in 2018 together and had an amazing time enjoying each other, heavy mezza and fabulous music. Many thanks go out to Chairperson Tala Farah, Co-Chairpersons Shirley Kishek and Marwan Akel and the entire committee.

Youth Group News:

On Saturday, December 16th the Youth Group celebrated their successes of 2017 with a trip to Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Twenty five children with five chaperones attended and had an amazing time. A big thank you goes out to Kathy Akel, Abla Farhat, Linda Jubran, Diane Rukab, and Christy Rukab for chaperoning.

Also, in December our Youth gathered at Jack and Debbie Hanania’s house for a Christmas party. They enjoyed each other, the wonderful winter weather as well as a White Elephant Gift exchange. Many thanks and appreciation go out to Mr. and Mrs. Hanania for hosting the party.

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

The Salman and Elias family for the passing of Emile Tawfiq Salman, beloved father of Nancy (Michael) Elias.

The Farah family for the passing of Anwar Abraham (ABE) Farah.

The Bateh family for the passing of Ellen Omar Bateh.

The Kassees family for the passing of Mrs. Knou (Kay) Mikhail Kassees.

The Ghanayem family for the passing of Samar Ghanayem Omran, beloved sister of Salem Ghanayem.

May they Rest In Peace and May their Memories Be Eternal.

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