Obituary: George Ziadeh Farah

George Ziadeh Farah
June 3, 1949 – April 23, 2017

Mr. George Ziadeh Farah passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 23, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born on June 23, 1949 in Jacksonville, Florida. George graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1967, and then graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in business. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. George began his career in the family business, operating Farah’s Pita Baking Company on the Westside of Jacksonville. Following that, he went into sales with the Coggin and Nimnicht Automotive Groups and Beaver Street Fisheries. At the end of his career he went back to his roots as a local business owner, with his sons, opening a local seafood restaurant. George was a member of Englewood Christian Church and St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. He was also a member of the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville. He is predeceased by his father Ziadeh Elias Farah and his mother Bahia Farah. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Rima (Jubran) Farah, sons James (Joanna), Charlie (Brittany) and Christopher, brother Murad (Ida) Farah; sisters, Mary (Tom) Abboud, Laila (Mufeed) Farhat, Helen (Kamalin) Farah, and Sandra (Sam) Mousa, his 5 grandchildren, Griffin, Cooper, Turner, Hudson and Jaxon Farah, and numerous nieces and nephews. George was well loved by the many people he encountered in his life. It is often said that he never met a stranger. His love of life was evident by the way his smile would light every room he entered. After a brave and short battle with liver cancer, George made the decision to forego any further treatment to spend quality time with his loved ones, and that exemplified the type of man that he was. He will be truly missed.

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On the Move: Dr. Lisa Farah-Eways

Dr. Lisa Farah-Eways will be the new Program and Medical Director of IVF for the Greater Southern Alameda Area (GSAA). Dr. Farah-Eways joined Kaiser Permanente 15 years ago after graduating from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine and completing her OB/GYN residency training at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. She went on to complete her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and also in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. Farah-Eways worked closely with Dr. Wen Shen to establish Kaiser Permanente’s IVF Program in Fremont, the first ever KP IVF center for Northern California. Lisa has served as the Medical Director of the IVF Program since 2011 and the program has grown with service to patients from the South Bay and San Francisco.  They have had nearly 4,000 live births to date with that number continuing to accelerate due to both volume increases and higher success rates.

Dr. Farah-Eways enjoys her practice and as her homepage says “I truly enjoy my profession and give each patient my personalized attention, caring for them as if they are a member of my family.”

Lisa Farah-Eways is married to Marwan Adel Eways and has two children, Adel Jacob (AJ) and Ayden Sophia. She is formerly from Jacksonville, FL and now lives in Los Altos, CA. She is the daughter of Nadya Batteh Farah and the late Fuad Abraham Farah.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

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.


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.

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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May General Assembly Meeting and Dinner Fundraiser

Please plan to join us for the May general assembly meeting on Sunday, May 7 at 6pm. We will be serving pizza from Joseph’s Pizza, as well as salad and a drink for $10 beginning at 5:00. All proceeds for this dinner will benefit Wendy Echols as she continues her fight against cancer. If you would like to donate prior to the meeting please visit her GoFund me page by Donating Here!

The youth group will be meeting at 5:30 in their Youth Room. Please plan to attend!

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Relay for Life

Join our youth group for Relay for Life
April 22 at the Bolles Campus

Contact one of our Youth Group Members, Christy Rukab or Kathy Akel for more information. This is a worth while cause and deserves all our support! Can’t make it out? You can participate by donating here!

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Tatreez & Tea Luncheon: A Mother’s Day Luncheon

Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day with a Tatreez & Tea Luncheon.

Saturday, May 13
12:00 in the afternoon
At the Ramallah American Club

This is sure to be a fantastic event with lots of delicious food and great company! You don’t want to miss it!

Tickets are $30 and are available by contacting Sandy Salem at 629-3818 or Joy Bateh-Freiha at 422-7645.

Tickets are also available via Eventbrite:
Purchase Here!

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Annual Spring Picnic and General Assembly Meeting

Join us for our Annual Spring Picnic
We’ll have a bounce house, an Easter egg hunt with OVER 1000 eggs, a special visit from the Easter Bunny and more!
Sunday, April 2, 12 Noon

Ready For Some Good Food?
We’re changing up the menu and pulling out some picnic greats!

$10/person gets you:
– Choice of a hamburger, falafel burger or two hot dogs
– Mac and cheese
– Coleslaw
– Baked beans

After the Picnic:

General Assembly Meeting
Our member events and community participation wouldn’t be possible without your input and participation. We welcome you to stay an extra few minutes and take part in our April General Assembly meeting. The meeting will be held at 2:30 PM.

Youth Group Meeting
The youth group will be meeting at 2pm in the youth room! Please plan to attend and hear about all our fun events coming up including Relay for Life!!

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March General Assembly Meeting

Come enjoy a spaghetti dinner on March 5 at our General Assembly meeting.

Dinner will be available for sale at 5pm.
Meeting begins @ 6pm
Youth group will be meeting @ 5:30.

Missed the Membership Dinner or forgot to pay your dues? Be sure to find Sandy at the meeting and she can accept your cash or check of $110.

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Save the Date: 2017 Membership Dinner & Installation

Join the 2017 Ramallah Club Officers and Board of Directors for our annual Membership Dinner & Installation, February 11. 2017 at 6pm.

Membership dues of $100 and youth dues of $20 will be collected at the door. Dues will be $110 after February 11. Please fill out and bring your membership renewal form. Click here to download/print your form.

Please help us plan ahead and RSVP below:

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Obituary: Zohair Nimer Mardini

Zohair Nimer Mardini
July 6, 1929 – December 6, 2016

Zohair Nimer Mardini was born July 6, 1929 in Irbid, Jordan and peacefully left this earth on December 6, 2016. After finishing high school, he attended the American University in Beirut where he received a degree in Journalism and Communications.  After college, Zohair fulfilled his duty in the Royal Jordanian Army. While serving his country, his heroism caught the attention of his superiors and he received an appointment as a diplomatic official and customs attaché. This position later led to an administrative position in the ministry of the interior working side-by-side with King Hussein of Jordan which later led to continued invitations to an audience with his majesty during his visits to the United States. This led him to our beloved city of Ramallah where he married and continued his duties to the King.

In 1965 he moved with his family to Jacksonville, Florida. In 1976 he started Hala imported foods and soon established himself as a successful businessman and realized the American dream of owning a business that is now a local institution. Over the years his business became a staple of local cuisine and made Middle Eastern food popular in the city. Zohair was most dedicated to his wife, daughters and his entire family. He lived life as a generous and kind man, helping many over the years and enjoying the company of those around him. His extended family knew him as a father figure or Sido to all. Zohair was preceded in death by his wife, May Cadoura Mardini. He is survived by his daughters: Hanada Owais (Asad), Howaida Mousa (Jimmy), Hanya Farah (Jim) and Hala Salman (Waddah), ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

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