Upcoming Events

Save the Date, here is a list of some of our upcoming events throughout the rest of 2015!

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Obituary: Badia Musa Elias

Badia Musa Elias

Badia Musa Elias
February 13, 1925 – January 8, 2015

Badia Musa Elias passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and grandchildren at age 89 on January 8, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in Ramallah, Palestine on February 13, 1925, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Badia immigrated to the USA in 1965 to join her husband, the late Mikhail Saliba Elias, where she raised a family of three boys and three girls in Jacksonville, Florida. Mom was the backbone of our family.

She loved people and opened her home to everyone. She was a remarkable woman. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mikhail Saliba Elias, her parents, Musa and Zarifeh Khalil, her brother Pvt. Isa Musa Khalil, and her sisters, Mariam Salem Elias, Namieh Essa Totah, Nameh Musa Khalil, and Rose Fareed Sackllah. She is survived by her sons George (Lucy), Alfred (Nabila), Mazen Elias; daughters Seham (Frank) Rukab, Aileen (late Bader) Farhat, Shereen (Sandy) Bateh; brother Khalil (Mary) Musa Khalil, thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. We will always keep you in our hearts and remember you for your wisdom and unconditional love of the family. Rest in peace mom. We all love you and miss you.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby Boy, Samuel Jay, was born to Samir and Rebecca Lyons. His proud grandparents are Farris and Jane Salah Lyons and Jerry and Debbie Cohen of Westlake Village, California.

Baby Girl, Rainie Caroline, was born to Michael and Nancy Elias Harrison. Her proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Connie Harrison and Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Rima Elias.

Weddings:
Christina Lynn Bateh, daughter of Freddie Bateh and Shirley Bateh of Jacksonville, Florida
married Chad Reisch, son of Dave and Leslie Reisch of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Christina Anne Darling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Darling married Matthew Alexander Bateh, son of Johnny and David Bateh.

Tamara Khalid Jermanus daughter of Khalid and Ahlam Jermanus married Dr. Jarrod James Mousa son of Jim and Howaida Mousa.

Graduations:

Christopher Joseph Essa Bateh

Christopher Joseph Essa Bateh son of Sandy and Shereen Bateh graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with his Juris Doctorate. He will begin his career as an Assistant State Attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, FL. His proud grandparents are Abla Bateh, the late Essa C. Bateh, and the late Mike and Badia Elias. 

Zabrina Parker Bateh

Zabrina Parker Bateh, daughter of Raymond Bateh and Heather Parker graduated from Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Washington. Zabrina will be attending Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Her proud grandparents are John and Klare Bateh of Jacksonville, Florida and the late Keith and Maurine Parker of Rupert, Idaho.

Amber Selby Brown

Amber Selby Brown, daughter of Richard and Janan Farhat Brown graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations and Communications. Her grandparents are Mrs. Hilweh Farhat and the late Said Farhat, and Mrs. Joan Brown and the late Richard E Brown.

Gabriella Francesca Forte

Gabriella Francesca Forte, daughter of Charles and Julie Salameh Forte graduated from Bishop John J. Snyder High School, She will be attending Ave Maria University. Her grandparents are Luca and Emily Forte and Nasim and Munira Salameh.

Daniel William Hanna

Daniel William Hanna, son of Dr. Muneer and Lana Hanna graduated from Bishop Kenny High School Magna Cum Laude. He will be attending University of Central Florida in Orlando to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Medical. His proud grandparents are Nabeel & Nigma Hanna, and Samir and Suad Salameh.   

Club News:
On Sunday, June 14, our club hosted our annual Father’s Day picnic. It was a huge success as close to 300 members attended.  A huge thank you goes out to Chairperson and Co-Chairperson Mrs. Tania Hanania and Mrs. Nancy Salem, and their committee for coordinating the event. 

Congratulations to our new RACJ Treasurer, Elias Said Samaan, and our new Board Member, Eric Mussa Bateh. Many blessings to each of them for much success! In addition, appreciation and recognition goes out to our outgoing Treasurer Chris Farmand who served as our Treasurer for 6 years.

Youth Group News:

Youth Group News

In May, ten members of our Youth Group participated in Zip Lining at the beautiful campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. All who participated including the parents who attended had an amazing experience. Many thanks to Youth Group President, Rawan Farah for organizing the event.

Youth Group Meeting

During our June and July General Assembly meetings our Youth Group provided Bezar and Nakrashah with Arabic coffee. Many thanks go out to the Youth Group, Youth Group Directors and their parents.

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

The Harb and Salem families for the passing of Salwa Harb (sister of Nabila Harb Salem) in Bettendorf, Iowa.

May her memory be eternal.

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End of Summer Party

Announcing End of Summer Party
Saturday, August 1, 2015
 @ the Ramallah American Club
Doors open at 7:30PM:  Event from 8:00PM – 1:00AM
 
Ticket price includes DJ spinning American & Arabic music; light mazza & setups
$20 per person and everyone (members and non members) are welcome including all ages.
 
Tickets sold at the door.
 
Please contact John J Bateh at jjbateh@hotmail.com with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you!

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General Assembly Meeting

July’s General Assembly meeting will be on Sunday, July 12th, 2015 at 6PM.

***Special Announcement Regarding the Club’s Vacant Board Position***

In accordance with the Club’s Constitution, the board member vacancy was announced at last month’s General Assembly meeting. In order for the General Assembly to vote on the vacancy on Sunday, July 12th a quorum of the membership must be established. Therefore, we ask that you please make every effort to attend Sunday the 12th meeting so that we my establish a quorum, and vote on the vacant position.

Please contact Sammy Batteh at batteh@att.net if you are interested in being a board member. Thank you.

In addition, the Youth Group meeting will be at 5:00PM and the Youth Group Officers will meet at 4:30PM.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday July 12th!

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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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