Baby Boy Abraham Ziadeh born to Mr. and Mrs. Ziadeh and Carmen Khoury Farhat. His proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Farhat and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Khoury.
Lindsey Ryan Brock to Joshua Adel Akel. Their proud parents are Adel (Eddy) and Colleen Akel and Frank and Debi Brock.
Rossana Hernandez to Jack Odeh Elhasan. Their proud parents are the late Odeh and Suhaila Elhasan and Oscar Hernandez and Rosa Chavez.
Rami Elias Kishek, son of Elias and Shirley Mousa Kishek graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
In November, The Fellowship of St. John the Divine at St. George Church hosted a Middle East Relief Fundraiser. The net proceeds of the event were donated to International Orthodox Christian Charities which is a charity that offers humanitarian aid and relief to those in need. Special thanks goes out to the Chairman, Eric Bateh and his committee.
“Team Ramallah” classes have been formed to help our members get healthy and to prepare for the 2015 Gate River Run. Classes were held in November and December and approximately 11 members took advantage. Many thanks goes out to Chris Farmand for organizing the classes.
The Police Athletic League (PAL) in partnership with the I M Sulzbacher Homeless Center held its 8th annual Christmas party on Monday, December 22nd at a local Walmart. A total of 150 children were provided with a $200.00 gift card to purchase a combination of toys or clothes. The children were escorted by a parent/guardian and a Police officer. Our Ramallah Club made a monetary donation towards the event and several thousand dollars were donated by individual members. Much appreciation and thanks go out to Dr. Ron and Mrs. Nancy Salem for their volunteerism towards this worthy cause.
Our club hosted a NYE party featuring Moe Kabha and the MK band. It was one of the most successful parties in many years as close to 500 people were in attendance. Many thanks go out to Chairperson Issa Odeh and his committee for their hard work and coordination in their yearlong planning.
Youth Group News
On Sunday, December 7, the Youth collected many new unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots.” Many thanks to the youth for their continued volunteerism in this annual effort.
On Sunday, December 13 the youth had a “Pancakes and Pajamas” Christmas party at Mr. and Mrs. David and Tania Hanania’s house. It was a wonderful evening full of fun and fellowship. Many thanks go out to David and Tania for opening their home for the event.
Twenty six youth group members celebrated their year’s successes at Mickey’s Merry Christmas in Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Friday, December 19. Everyone had an amazing time. Many thanks go out to the youth group for their hard work and dedication to volunteerism throughout the year, as well as the parents that attended: Mrs. Roulla Essa, Mrs. Ghada Habash Batteh, Ms. Joy Batteh-Freiha, Mrs. Reem Farah, Mrs. Abla Farhat, Mrs. Tania Hanania, Mrs. Lana Hanna, Ms. Abeer Iwais and Mrs. Christy Rukab.
Children’s Club News
The Children’s club hosted their annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 7th. The event included a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with pictures with them, as well as arts and crafts. Many thanks go out to Mrs. Gina Behnam Nammour and Mrs. Hala Mardini Salman for coordinating the event.
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:
The Farhat and Michael families for the passing of Miriam Jaber Farhat
The Elias family for the passing of Badia Elias.
The Ghannam and Ziadeh families for the passing of Suad Ziadeh Ghannam
May their memories be eternal.
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