Upcoming Meetings

We will be having our General Assembly meeting on Sunday, November 2 at 6:00PM.  Our Youth Group will meet at 5:00PM and our Youth Group Officers will meet at 4:30PM.

Also, as a reminder our youth group is hosting a collection for the needy and is asking for you to bring non-perishable food items to the meeting as there will be a collection box.  Please bring your donations to help the needy in our community!

Also, Elections for our 2015 Officers and Board members are now open. All positions  including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Secretary and board members are open.  If you are interested in running for a position please contact our Election Chairman Donald Bateh at Donaldbateh@gmail.com

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Donations for the Needy

Our Youth Group is hosting a collection for the needy and is asking for you to gather non-perishable food items.  There will be a collection box at the upcoming General Assembly Meeting on Sunday, November 2. 

Please bring your donations to help the needy in our community!

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St. George Middle East Relief Hafla

St. George Orthodox Church invites you and your family to their Middle East Relief Hafla on Saturday November 15th at the Church Banquet Hall. This memorable night will feature Live Arabic Entertainment from Lebanese Superstar Wassim Kattan & Band, Premium Mazza, Soft Drinks & Set Up. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by calling/texting 904-635-8605. Doors Open at 7:30 PM and there are no tickets sold at the door. All net proceeds of this event will benefit the International Orthodox Christian Charity’s Middle East Relief Fund.

Thank you for your support.

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General Assembly and Youth Club Meeting

October General Assembly meeting will be held this Sunday, October 5 at 6:00PM. Also, the Youth Club officers will meet at 4:30PM and the Youth Club meeting will be held at 5:00PM.

Also, please remember to support the Youth Group for their book drive benefiting Catholic Charities. They are seeking used and new books including reading books, math books, and all types of books for ages kindergarten -8th grade level and they are asking that you bring them to the General Assembly meeting.

In addition, as previously announced Elections for our 2015 Officers and Board members are now open. All positions including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Secretary and board members are open. If you are interested in running for a position please contact our Election Chairman Donald Bateh at donaldbateh@gmail.com

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RACJ NYE Tickets For Sale!

NYE Party!

Back by popular demand…The Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville is excited to announce this year’s New Year’s Eve party, featuring the famous Moe Kabaha, and the MK Band.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Mezze and set-ups provided.

Tickets go on sale this Sunday, October 5 at 5PM prior to the General Assembly Meeting to members only. If you have you have any questions please contact the Chairperson and incoming RACJ President, Issa Odeh at issaodeh76@gmail.com

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Youth Group Book Drive

The Youth Group is holding a book drive benefiting Catholic Charities for ages Kindergarten – 8th Grade to be collected at the General Assembly meeting on Sunday, October 5. Please support the Youth Group and bring your donations.

Thank You

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Hathihe Ramallah News July-September 2014

Weddings:
Jennifer Rose Farhat to Michael Bassam Marzoug. Their proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Bassam Marzoug and Mr. and Mrs. Omar Farhat.

Amanda Renee Saad of Ocala, Florida to Khaled Nemer Oweis. Their proud parents are Nemer and Nabila Oweis and Nabil and Boshra Saad.

Graduations:
Tyler Jack Bateh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted and Jackie Mousa Bateh graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

Club News:

Peaceful Protest

On Saturday, August 2 members participated in a peaceful protest in honor of Palestine. Approximately 150 people attended.

Youth Group News:

2014 Outstanding HS Senior Award Recipients__

Congratulations to Hannah Marie Hanania and Kristen Leigh Mousa as they were recipients of the 2014 Outstanding High School Senior Award for their outstanding credentials as high school seniors and RACJ members! They each received a $1,000.00 Apple Gift Card. Their proud parents are Dr. David and Tania Hanania and Mr. and Mrs. Easa and Amy (Shunnarah) Mousa. Mabrook Hannah and Kristen! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments!

Youth Group

On Wednesday, August 6 members of our Youth Group gathered at Dave and Busters for food and fellowship. Much appreciation goes out to our Youth Group Directors, Mrs. Shereen Shunnarah Bateh and Mrs. Ghada Habash Batteh. In addition many thanks go out to the parents that attended: Mr. Eric Bateh, Mrs. Sireen Bateh, Mrs. Suha Habash Bateh, Mrs. Ruba Farah, Mrs. Abla Farhat and Mrs. Christy Rukab.

On Saturday, August 23 twenty youth members and their parents gathered at Farah and Farah’s condominium for food, fellowship and fun. It was a very fun day. Much appreciation and thanks go out to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Farah and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Farah for hosting the event.

Grandparents' Day

On Sunday, September 7 our Youth Group hosted a spaghetti dinner in honor of Grandparents Day. It was a huge success as the food was sold out. Many thanks and much appreciation goes out to the youth, the Youth Group Directors, the parents and our community.

Church News:

St. George Teen SOYO

On Friday, August 8 approximately 13 members of our Teen Soyo volunteered at the St. Francis house in St. Augustine, Florida. They served food and organized the donations including canned goods and hygiene products which were collected over the week. Many thanks to Youth Group Director, Andrew Anthony for organizing the event as well as the parents who attended: Mrs. Ruba Farah, Ms. Abeer Iwais and Mrs. Poline Salameh.

On Sunday, August 17 the Ladies Auxiliary hosted a BBQ luncheon including a raffle for an iPad Mini. It was a huge success as the food sold out. Congratulations to Lamia Saoud for winning the iPad Mini. Much appreciation goes out to Chair Ladies Mrs. Afaf Kassis and Mrs. Naila Hanna, Co-Chair Lady Mrs. Suha Habash Bateh and the men who helped prepare: Sammy Batteh, Dr. David Hanania, Issa Kassis, Issa Odeh, Ramzi Salameh and Louie Samaan. Last but not least many thanks goes out to the community for supporting the event.

On Friday, August 22 The Ladies Auxiliary hosted a Health Education lecture featuring Cynthia Farah, Service Line Director, Oncology, Women’s Health, Cardiology, Palliative Care, & Research of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. Thirty members attended. Many thanks goes out to the Ladies’ Auxiliary President, Mrs. Poline Salameh for organizing the event.

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

The Akel family for the passing of Samir Paul Akel.

The Bajalia and Bateh families for the passing of James (Jimmy) Audi Bajalia.

May their memories be eternal.

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Ramallah Club 60th Anniversary Recap

Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville Celebrates 60 years
Honoring our Past, Embracing our Future

Celebrating those who had the vision to form a club so that our families could gather together, our traditions could survive, was the reason for the Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville’s 60th Anniversary Celebration held on August 9. Charter members, past presidents of the men’s club, ladies’ auxiliary, and others, were honored for their contributions throughout the Club’s 60-year history.

More than 460 people attended the sold-out gala celebration including the Mayor of Jacksonville, Mr. Alvin Brown, sitting judges and other public and civic leaders, special guests and Federation President Bassem Ewways.

The evening included a slideshow of historical photos, exhibited displays of items, a buffet of Arabic food and treats, a gala Signature drink – Ramallah-tini (Arak and liqueur mixture), and musical entertainment featuring Emad Batayeh and his band.

The evening also included a presentation to Miss Hanna Marie Hanania and Miss Kristen Leigh Mousa by the Federation President, as Hanna and Kristen were selected for the 2014 Outstanding High School Senior Award for their outstanding credentials as high school seniors and Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville members.

The 60th Anniversary Committee worked tirelessly for nearly two years and should be commended for a highly successful event. Co-chairs included Janice Farhat and Joy Batteh-Freiha. Committee members included: Ed Bateh, Shereen Elias Bateh, Ricky Batteh, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy and Ghada Habash Batteh, Brenda Batteh Brown, Reem Farah, Judie Farhat, Julia Farhat, Grace Jamal Farhat, Nader Farhat, Peter Farhat, Leila Mousa, Issa Odeh, Ronie Rukab and Nancy Salem.

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Al Bayyara Playgrounds in Ramallah

Enclosed are pictures of the final stones that will appear on the playgrounds in Ramallah:

– Al Masyoun
– Al Tireh
– Al Jadwal

Thank you all for making these playgrounds a reality. Two are complete and one is almost complete. Al Jadwal will be completed early next year. We now have FIVE Al Bayyara Playgrounds in Ramallah.

Thank you again,
Basem Eways, Federation President

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Announcing Team Ramallah at Gate River Run

Are you interested in participating in the Gate River Run on March 14, 2015? Eddie Farah and David Hanania are forming “Team Ramallah” and they want you to be a part of it. Possible training runs will be planned and a dry fit shirt with the “Team Ramallah” logo will be sold. Stay tuned as more information will be communicated soon.

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