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 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, or Cynthia Farah, 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

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.

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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A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans

A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans is the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric.

Airing January 24 @ 11pm on WJCT

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Camp Ramallah

When: June 9th – June 16th
Where: Beautiful Smokey Mountains of Tennessee
Who: Ramallah Young men and women age 13-17
Camp activities include: Tubing, Horse Back Riding, Sport Activities, Dabkeh Lessons, Arabi Lessons, History and Cultural Activities, including Arabi Food Cooking Lessons and Ramallah Bowl plus lots more Fun and Adventure.

Counselors are Needed:
Apply As Soon as Possible
Cost: $200. Limited Space. Apply ASAP. Applications will be available soon on AFRP website.

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Installation & Members Dinner

Our Installation of Officers & Membership dinner will be held on Saturday, January 27.

If you have not already paid your dues of $150 you can pay at the door. Please remember dues will increase to $160 after January 27.

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