Hathihe Ramallah News

Newborns:
Baby Girl, Emilia Mae, born to Dr. Jarrod James Mousa and Tamara Jermanus Mousa in Nashville, Tennessee. Her proud grandparents are Jim and Howaida Mousa and Khalid and Ahlam Jermanus of Jacksonville, Florida.  

Baby Girl, Juliette Hope, born to Dr. Justin Ted Bateh and Lora Eadeh Bateh. Her proud grandparents are Ted and Jackie Mousa Bateh and Khalil and Lena Eadeh 

Baby Girl, Joselyn Sawyer born to Jeremy and Jamilah Batteh Brown McCann.  Her proud grandparents are Jim and Jill McCann and Kevin and Brenda Batteh Brown. 

Baby Girl, Mila Celine, born to Mr. and Mrs. Nader and Melissa A. Farhat. Her proud grandparents are Mrs. Aileen Farhat and the late Bader Ziadeh Farhat, and Mr. Yousef E. Alley and Mrs. Sana Alley.

Graduations:

Elisabeth Lara Ajluni, daughter of William Ajluni and Sylvia Renda (Rukab) Ajluni, graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minors in Community Leadership and Spanish. She plans to continue on to Stetson Law School in the fall. Her proud grandparents are Bajis and Miriam Ajluni, and Bulous and Salwa Rukab.

Regina Eassa Akel, daughter of Eassa and Maysa Akel, graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida with a BBA with majors in Transportation & Logistics and Marketing. Her proud grandparents are Georgette Akel and the late Saleem Akel, and the late Salem and Alice Kawwas.

Jamil Thornton Bateh, son of Sherri Thornton Bateh and Ricky Phillip Bateh graduated from Providence School. Jamil is the eldest of triplets. Jamil was a member of the National Honor Society and the Best Buddies Club. Jamil will be attending the University of Central Florida where he will pursue a degree in physical therapy and sports medicine. Jamil’s proud grandparents are Nuha J. Bateh and Jamil C. Bateh, and Annette Thornton Hamill and Robert Hamill.

Ricky “Jordan” Bateh, son of Sherri Thornton Bateh and Ricky Phillip Bateh graduated from Providence School and was the Salutatorian. Jordan is the middle child of triplets. Jordan was a member of the National Honor Society and the Best Buddies Club. Jordan will be attending the Honors College at University of Central Florida on a Provost’s Scholarship where he will pursue a degree in biomedical sciences and engineering. Jordan’s proud grandparents are Nuha J. Bateh and Jamil C. Bateh and Annette Thornton Hamill and Robert Hamill.

Hannah McCarty Bateh, daughter of Sherri Thornton Bateh and Ricky Phillip Bateh graduated from Providence School. Hannah is the youngest of triplets. Hannah was a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and the Anchor, Best Buddies and McKenzie Clubs. Hannah will be attending the University of Central Florida where she will pursue a degree in nursing. Hannah’s proud grandparents are Nuha J. Bateh and Jamil C. Bateh, and Annette Thornton Hamill and Robert Hamill.

Taylor Alexandra Bateh, daughter of Abraham and Renee (Bajalia) Bateh graduated from Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Florida. She will attend the University of Florida and pursue a degree in Health Sciences. Her proud grandparents are Issa and Mary Bateh (both deceased), and Laila Bajalia and Essa Bajalia (deceased).
                   

Fuad Sammy Batteh, son of Sammy and Ghada Habash Batteh graduated from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, FL. He will be attending Mercer University in Macon GA with an Academic and Athletic scholarship to run Cross Country. Fuad is the Grandson of the late Fuad Salem and Mary Batteh and Attallah and Dalal Habash.

Sierra Namieh Batteh, daughter of Richard and Darlene Batteh, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Math Education from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She received the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from the College of Education and Human Services. She has accepted a teaching position at Bishop Kenny High School and plans to pursue her Master’s degree. Her proud grandparents are Michel Awad Rukab and the late Namieh Rukab and the late
Mr. and Mrs. Fuad Salem Batteh and Mary Batteh. 

Jasmine Rose Essa, daughter of Eddie and Roulla Essa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Jasmine was a Member of the National Honor Society, Member and Vice President of Spanish Honor Society, Member of Tri-M Honor Society, and Bright Futures.  She will be attending the University of Florida in the pre-medicine track. Her proud grandparents are Kareem and Helen Essa, and Sam and Rima Sleiman.

Danielle Renee Farah, daughter of Greg & Muna Farah graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bishop Kenny High School. She will be attending The University of Florida in Gainesville this fall to pursue degrees in Journalism and Photo Journalism. Her proud grandparents are Murad & Ida Farah and Maurice & Lila Rukab.

Elana Grace Farhat, daughter of Joseph and Judie Farhat, and Lisa Caruso, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.  In addition to receiving numerous scholarships, Elana was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Honor Society, and President of Alpha Phi Sigma-Criminal Justice Honor Society. She will pursue a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree at the University of North Florida.  Her proud grandparents are Grace Farhat, the late Jamal Farhat, and the late Robert and Vera Caruso.

Lana Yasmeen Farhat, daughter of Abeer and the late Abdullah Farhat graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bishop Kenny High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend Florida State University and will pursue a degree in Pediatrics. Her proud grandparents are the late Khalil and Georgette Farhat and Hanan and the late Fahed Iwais.

Said Sammy Farhat, son of Essa and Abla Farhat, graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida with a Juris Doctor. His proud grandparents are Hilweh Farhat and the late Said Z. Farhat and Farid and Julia Bishara.

Victoria Farida Farhat, daughter of Salem and Sandra Farhat, graduated from Booker T Washington High School. She will attend University of West Florida and pursue a degree in business. Her proud grandparents are Freddie and Rima Mousa, and the late Isa Salem Farhat and The Late Harriet Carter Farhat.

Samir Norman Hanania Jr., son of Dr. Samir and Donna (Mezrano) Hanania graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida.  He will be attending the University of Florida. His proud grandparents are Norman Elias Hanania, James and Yvonne Mezrano and Clemance Hanania.

Tarek Elias Kishek, son of his proud parents Elias and Shirley Kishek graduated from the University of North Florida with his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. He plans to pursue his Master’s in Business Administration. His proud grandparents are the Late Mahfouz and Late Sophia Kishek, and Abla Mousa.and the Late Jack Mousa.

Matthew Jack Mousa, son of Easa and Amy Mousa graduated with an Advanced Placement Honors Diploma from Atlantic Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Matthew will be attending the University of Florida. Matthew is the grandson of Abla Mousa, the late Jack Mousa, and the late Jack and Misadeh Shunnarah.

Preston Thomas Richter, son of Thomas and Diane Richter, graduated from Bishop Kenny High School, as Senior Class President. He will be attending University of Central Florida and pursuing a double major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Preston recently was awarded Eagle Scout from Troop 473. His proud grandparents are Grace Richter and the late Leo Richter, and Jack and Suad Bateh.

Alexander Robert Rukab, son of Robert and Paula Rukab, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of North Florida. Alex will continue his education by attending The Florida State University College of Law. He is the grandson of Maurice and Leila Rukab and Isa and Muna Farhud.

Anthony Charles Rukab, son of Charlie and Diane Rukab, graduated from Mandarin High School. He will be attending The University of North Florida and pursue a degree in business. His proud grandparents are Francis and Seham Rukab and Azmi and Victoria Samaan. 

Michael Edward Salem, son of Edward and Linda Salem graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, (UAB) with dual Master’s Degrees: a Master of Science in Health Administration, (MSHA) and a Master in Business Administration, (MBA). He has accepted a fellowship with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. His proud grandparents are the late Bader Abraham Salem and the late Najla Ziadeh Salem, and Nabila Harb Salem and the late Zacky Abraham Salem.

Club News:

In April, our annual Spring Picnic was held. Close to 350 people including children with their Easter Baskets in hand were in attendance. Everyone enjoyed a change from our traditional meal: falafel burgers, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, a bounce house and an Easter egg hunt. Many thanks and appreciation go out to Chairperson Tala Farah and her committee, Youth Group Member Mark Hanania (our Easter Bunny) as well as the Youth Group members who helped hide the eggs. Also, much appreciation and thanks goes out to the Youth Group for selling desserts and refreshments to help raise money for their team for Relay for Life, and to our community who supported the event.

More than 100 mothers and daughters attended the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, May 13, with guest speaker Wafa Ghnaim, author of Tatreeze & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, available on Amazon. Ms. Ghnaim is a Palestinian American who, along with her two sisters, learned tatreeze at a young age from their mother. Wafa gave an enlightening presentation about the beautiful history and meaning of some of the most popular tatreeze patterns as well as the significance of the colors. In keeping with the theme, Beirut Restaurant catered a delicious Middle Eastern menu, and there was a plentiful dessert table and of course a variety of teas including “Mommie Juice.”

The poem, To My Mother, by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish was recited in both English and Arabic. Also, each mother and daughter received a long-stemmed rose. Special thanks to Chairwoman Sandy Jeremy Salem and her committee: Brenda Eddie Bateh, Reem Eddie Farah, Joy Batteh-Freiha, Tania David Hanania, and Amanda Khaled Oweis – who provided the festive decorations, and Sally Ramsey Salem, for a successful event.

Youth Group News:

Approximately 30 members of our Youth Group participated in the San Marco San Jose Relay for Life in April. They sold boiled peanuts, raffled off a YETI cooler and joined in all the festivities of the day. Through all their fundraising efforts and a generous donation from the Jacksonville Ramallah club, they raised $2,860 for the American Cancer Society. A big thanks goes out to our youth group directors, Christy Rukab and Kathy Akel, for organizing.

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

The Farah family for the passing of George Z Farah

The Batteh, Hanania and Campbell families for the passing of Michele Lea Batteh Campbell.

The Ghanayem family for the passing of Linda Waded Ghanayem

May their memories be eternal.

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