Hathihe Ramallah News

Baby Girl, Lilia Catherine born to Robert Daniel Mousa and Cassie Marie Mousa. Her proud grandparents are Sam and Sandy Mousa, and Cathy Jones and the late Frank Jones Sr.

Baby Girl, Leila Lawson born to John and Deena Bateh Wallace.  Her proud grandparents are Wesley and Sandra Wallace and Mr. George Ziadeh Bateh and the late Janan G. Bateh.

Baby Boy, Brandon Rabih born to Adib and Dianne Elias Hitti, His proud grandparents are Adib and Mary Hitti, and George Michael Elias and Lucy Kishek Elias.

Valerie Wedad Salameh, daughter of Ramzi and Poline Salameh married Nicholas Wayne Pearl, son of James and Cindy Curren.


Andrew Charles Sackllah married to Rachel Sackllah son of Charles and Nabila Sackllah graduated from the University of Central Florida in Accounting. He will continue his education to pursue his CPA.

Club News:

On Tuesday, January 16th our club hosted “Community Suppers” sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber and OneJax. Various members within our community, the Chamber and OneJax members were involved in engaging, important and powerful conversations. These conversations allowed our club to showcase our amazing culture and proud heritage. Many thanks goes out to Joy Batteh-Freiha for organizing the event.

On Saturday, January 27th, our annual membership dinner/installation of officers’ event was held. In attendance were 400 including special guest, Federation President Hanna Hanania and other respected Federation guests. They enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by one of our local Middle Eastern caterers. Outgoing President Edward M Bateh thanked everyone for their support throughout the year. He stated what an honor it was to serve as President and encouraged our younger members to stay active and involved. Incoming President Tala Farah, our youngest President and second female President spoke about her memorable years growing up in our club. Her goal is to increase membership and focus on getting our youth more involved. Much appreciation and thanks go out to Incoming President Tala Farah, our 2017 and 2018 Officers and Board members for coordinating a successful and enjoyable event.

Outlined below are our 2018 Officers and Board Members. Congratulations and God Bless them for much success throughout the year.

Club Officers:
President: Tala Farah
Vice President: Tyler Ted Bateh
Treasurer: Elias Louie Samaan
Financial Secretary: Sandy Salem
Recording Secretary: Cynthia Farah
Club Manager: Ronie Rukab

Board Members:
Anna Ajluni
Edward Bateh
Melissa A. Farhat
David Hanania
Nova Harb
Tarek Kishek
Christy Farmand Rukab
Jeremy Salem

Youth Group Officers:
President: Said Akel 
Vice President: Kaitlyn Bateh 
Treasurer: Elaina Rukab 
Secretary: Layla Farah
Historian: Samantha Rukab
Directors: Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab

On Sunday, January 21st our club held a Jaguar Watch Party for the 2018 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. It was our Jacksonville Jaguar’s 3rd AFC Championship game. Members enjoyed great football, fellowship and great food. Unfortunately, our Jacksonville Jaguars were defeated; however, we ended our season strong. Many thanks go out to the Officers and Board for planning the event.

On Sunday, February 4th, our club hosted its’ annual Super Bowl Party, Super Bowl LII. Members enjoyed an amazing halftime show featuring Justin Timberlake and a sweet victory by The Philadelphia Eagles, their first Super Bowl win!!! Many thanks go out to the Officers and Board for planning the event.

On Sunday, March 4th, various members of our community (all ages) were interviewed by a local college student for his Honors Thesis for Anthropology. His thesis ‘focus is looking at how Palestinians in the diaspora, specifically in Jacksonville, Florida, maintain a sense of family, and identity. All interviewees provided many examples of how we showcase our pride of being Palestinian as well as being from Ramallah, Palestine. We provided him a brief history of our family heritage/legacy as well as many examples of how we display our culture and heritage. Many thanks to the officers and board for coordinating this educational event.

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

The Michael and Cadora families for the passing of Nadia Cadora Michael

The Kawwas family for the passing of Christeen Yousef Kawwas

The Bateh family for the passing of Mr. John (JJ) Bateh.

The Bateh family for the passing of Mr. Abdullah Bateh.

May they Rest In Peace and May their Memories Be Eternal.

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