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.

Samantha Jo Ghanayem

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.

Jamie Madison Osterhoudt_copy

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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General Assembly Meeting May 3rd

Members of our Ramallah Community:

Due to Easter Sunday (April 5th) and Orthodox Easter Sunday (April 12th), the earliest opportunity for an April General Assembly Meeting is Sunday, April 19th. Given that this is only two (2) weeks before the scheduled May General Assembly Meeting (May 3rd), the Officers and Board of Directors have decided to cancel the April General Assembly Meeting, as permitted by the Constitution:

Article X-Section 1: The President may suspend or dispense with any regular business meetings, if in his discretion such action is warranted by special circumstances or is in the best interests of the Club and/or its members.

Our next General Assembly Meeting will be Sunday, May 3rd at 6pm. Please plan to attend. As our membership is growing, so is the required number of members we need to attend the General Assembly Meetings in order to establish a quorum and conduct Club Business.

On behalf of the Officers and Board, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy Easter Season, and look forward to seeing you on May 3rd.

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Hard Rock Casino Trip

Members of our Ramallah Community:

We are happy to announce a Seminole Hard Rock Casino trip on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 to Tampa, Florida. The cost is a non-refundable $50 per person. The bus will leave the club at 7am sharp and will leave Tampa at 5pm. Please contact Abla Bateh at 904-730-7249 or Hiyam Odeh at 904-655-3931 for reservations and questions.

Payment must be made prior to event to guarantee your seat. Seating is limited so book early.

Looking forward to great fellowship!

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Mary Fuad Batteh Obituary

Mary Fuad Batteh

Mary Fuad Batteh
September 19, 1933 – March 2, 2015

Mary Fuad Batteh was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 19, 1933 and was raised in Ramallah. She has been a resident of Jacksonville, Florida since marrying her late husband, Fuad Salem Batteh in 1955.

Mary was a gentle soul who loved her family and adored her children, grandchildren, and soon to be great granddaughter. She always put others’ needs ahead of her own.

She was an active member of the Assumption Catholic Church and Ramallah Club of Jacksonville. Mary had many friends and was known for her kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness, her compassion towards others and her cooking and baking skills.

Mary was a mother, grandmother, Godmother, sister, and an aunt. Her son Richard and his wife Darlene, her son Sammy and his wife Ghada, and her daughter Brenda Brown and her husband Kevin, her grandchildren Jamilah Brown McCann and her husband Jeremy, Houston Brown, Brock, Sierra, Samantha, Mikayla, and Fuad Batteh, her brother Albert Bateh and his wife Janan survive her. All will miss her. May her memory be eternal and may she rest in peace.

The family would like to thank everyone for the phone calls, the flowers, the messages and the outpouring of love during this time.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby Boy, Thomas Eric born to Eric and Shereen Shunnarah Bateh. His proud grandparents are Ted and Jackie Bateh, and Reyad and Ghada Kash Shunnarah of Birmingham, Alabama.

Baby Boy, John Mack born to John and Deena Bateh Wallace. His proud grandparents are Mr. Wesley Lupton Wallace and Ms. Sandra Silcox Wallace; and Mr. George Ziadeh Bateh and the late Janan Ghannam Bateh.

Baby Girl, Ileana Marie born to Ron and Sabrina Bateh Kuruvilla. Her proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kuruvilla and Mrs. Rose Mufeed Bateh

Weddings:
Jena Azizeh Kassis to Gregory Lamar Higginbotham. Their proud parents are Marty and Susan Higginbotham and Issa and Afaf Kassis.

Graduations:

Leanna Yasmine Farah

Leanna Yasmine Farah graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. She will attend Jacksonville University to pursue Business Major. Her proud parents are Jimmy and Hanya Farah.

Matthew Gregory Farah

Matthew Gregory Farah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bishop Kenny High School. He will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. His proud parents are Greg and Muna Farah. His proud grandparents are Murad and Ida Farah and Maurice and Lila Rukab.

Club News:

Installation

On Saturday, January 31 our annual membership dinner/installation of officers’ ceremony was held. Close to 400 members were in attendance including the Honorable Judge Gary Flower and various Federations guests including Deputy President Ken Harb, Issa Baba and Dr. George Habib. In addition, we had the pleasure of our own Judge Michelle Kalil swear in our officers and board members. 

Grace Farhat Award

Outgoing President Sammy Batteh thanked everyone for their support, especially those who assisted with our signature events. He also gave special recognition to Mrs. Grace Jamal Farhat for her 15 years of service as our Recording Secretary. Incoming President Issa Odeh stated how honored and excited he is to lead our community to a successful 2015. Outlined below are the Officers and Board Members for 2015.

2015 Officers and Board Members:
President: Issa Odeh
Vice President: Nicholas Mousa
Treasurer: Andrew Salem
Financial Secretary and Correspondent Secretary: Julia Farhat
Recording Secretary: Melissa Alley Farhat
Club Manager: Amanda Mousa Gazaleh

Board Members:
Jason Bajalia
Donald Bateh
John Jacob Bateh
Ricky Batteh
Sammy Batteh
Tania Hanania
Nabeel Rukab
Elias Louie Samaan

Congratulations and many blessings for much success!

Following tradition, our club hosted Super Bowl XLIX on Super Bowl Sunday. Close to 200 people were in attendance with covered dishes in hand as they watched the New England Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl. Huge thanks go out to the Officers and Board members for coordinating the event.

On Saturday, February 21 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 Chairperson Said Samaan, his committee for organizing the event and the various donors.

Leadership Conference

On February 27th, four of our Jacksonville professionals, Andrew Bateh, Laura Bateh, Tala Farah and Nicholas Freiha attended the 2015 Midyear Leadership Convention in Houston, Texas. The Jacksonville team was met in Houston by 15 other professionals from across the country.

On their first night, the Ramallah Club of Houston hosted a barbeque dinner and a meet and greet for their out of town guests. On Saturday, they attended the Leadership Conference at Houston’s club. They had the honor of having Clinical Psychologist Maha Harb Sheets facilitate their discussion as well as guest speaker Peter Sackleh, President of Deloitte University. He gave an insightful presentation on how to provide effective leadership.

The professionals also had the pleasure of meeting the Mayor of Ramallah who offered wonderful advice on ways young professionals can better own their Ramallah Clubs. During the seminar, they also participated in hands-on exercises and were able to openly discuss ways in enhancing their leadership skills in hopes of leading their respective Ramallah Clubs and the local groups they are involved in. 

Overall, it was an amazing experience to be able to meet other young professionals who all have a similar interest in becoming the future leaders of their Ramallah Club but most importantly to establish a lifetime connection with other professionals from across the country. (Submitted by Laura Bateh)

Youth Group News:
Outlined below are our 2015 Youth Group Officers:
President: Rawan Farah
Vice President: Reem Farhat
Secretary: Lana Farhat
Treasurer: Matthew Mousa
Historian: Mikayla Batteh
Youth Group Directors: Ghada Habash Batteh, Joy Batteh-Freiha and Reem Farah

Congratulations and many blessings for much success!

Jay Farhat Soccer game

(Pictured from left: Rawan Farah, Lana Farhat, Rania Farhat, Reem Farhat, Reem Habayeb Farah and Joy Batteh-Freiha)

On Saturday, February 7 a few members of our youth group and their directors rallied at a Jacksonville Armada Soccer game in support of one of their own – Jay Farhat, who is running for Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida. They held signs and passed out literature. Many thanks to the youth and the directors for volunteering their time.

Youth Group

On Sunday, February 16, twenty one Youth group members attended a movie and pizza night at their President’s Rawan Farah’s house. Thank you to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Reem Farah for hosting a fun event.

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

The Jubran family for the passing of Soumaya Jubran.

The Batteh family for the passing of Mary Fuad Batteh.

The Abraham family for the passing of Deana Marie Abraham.

May their memories be eternal.

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Visitation for Deana Marie Abraham

Members of our Ramallah Community:

We are saddened to inform you of the falling asleep in the Lord of Deana Marie Abraham, age 43. The family will receive family and friends at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3383 University Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32277 TODAY, March 12 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM with a vigil service at 7:00PM. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Friday, March 13 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.

The Jacksonville Ramallah Club extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and please join us in keeping her family in our prayers.

May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal.

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