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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Obituary: Ramzi Abraham Bateh

Ramzi Abraham Bateh
January 1, 1933 – October 23, 2016

Ramzi Abraham Bateh, beloved husband, father, Jido, and Sedo, was born on January 1, 1933, in Ramallah, Palestine, to the late Abraham Shihadeh Bateh and Julia Abraham Bateh.  He immigrated to the United States on July 17, 1950 at the age of 17. He was always proud of his heritage and was equally proud to celebrate 66 years of residency and citizenship in America.  Ramzi was a fixture in the Jacksonville business community as a successful entrepreneur and independent business owner. He was very well-respected, admired, and loved by all.  He enjoyed active involvement in his community as a founding and devoted member of The Ramallah Club of Jacksonville and a founding member and faithful parishioner of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Ramzi’s name was synonymous with love, compassion, perseverance, courage, hardwork, sacrifice, honesty, faith, and dedication.  Ramzi and his beloved wife of 59 years, Salwa, built a beautiful life and family together. Blessed with 5 children and 8 grandchildren, their wealth was in love and family.  Ramzi was a wonderful father, grandfather and father-figure. He provided for and supported not only his family but many others.  He truly valued the importance of family and passed that on to his loved ones.  He was the rock of the family, a selfless man, full of wisdom and character. He valued education and disseminated his knowledge at every opportunity in an effort to teach and mentor those around him.  He had a bright and beautiful spirit, always smiling and laughing. He loved music, singing and dancing. In a crowd full of people, his infectious personality and smile would illuminate the room. He made everyone around him feel so loved and took a keen, sincere interest in getting to know others, never forgetting a face or a name. He captured the hearts of everyone that met him.

On October 23, 2016, Ramzi passed into Eternal Life, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He is a forever guiding light and an angel above, and has reunited with his eldest daughter, Rhonda Bateh Ridsdale, who passed on August 2, 2015. Ramzi was also pre-deceased by two brothers, Isaa Abraham Bateh and Shihadeh Abraham Bateh. Ramzi is survived by his devoted, beautiful wife of 59 years, Salwa, two sons, George Ramzi Bateh (Abeer), Charles Ramzi Bateh, and three daughters, the late Rhonda Bateh Ridsdale (Noel), Gloria Bateh Baez (William), and Sandra Lee Bateh, two sisters, Asma Mousa Bateh, all of Jacksonville, Fl. and Sumaya Ayesh Nasrah of San Francisco, Ca., eight grandchildren, Dr. Brittany Bateh, Steven K. Bateh, Ramzi Bateh, Leila Bateh, Christian Bateh, Jared Ridsdale, Hannah Baez, and Elias Baez. Memory Eternal. Forever in our hearts. Thank you to all for your love and support. May God continue to bless you.

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Obituary: Kamel Farmand

Kamel Farmand
December 6, 1933 – December 6, 2016

Born in Ramallah on December 6, 1933, heaven celebrated as Kamel came home on the day of his 83rd birthday, December 6, 2016. He was surrounded by his adoring wife of 57 years, Nuhad and his beloved children: Musa (Gina) Farmand, Maha (Hiram) Osterhoudt, Eva (Isa) Hassan, Christy (Richard) Rukab and most of his 15 grandkids.

After serving in the U.S. Army for 2 years, Kamel went back to Ramallah to marry the love of his life and then settled down in Jacksonville, Florida in 1960. He owned many successful businesses and was loved by all his patrons. He was a proud, active member of his Ramallah Club and also served as president in 1987. He was a humble, loyal and honest friend to all and a stranger to no one. He loved his friends like family. His sense of humor was definitely his most notable trait, but it was his strength and honesty that were to be admired.

Kamel lived life to the fullest traveling around the world with his wife and going back to his homeland often to spend time with his Faramand family. He loved them with all his heart. He also enjoyed the simple things in life like reading the newspaper daily, enjoying his wife’s famous cooking, attending all the special events and games for his grandkids and spending time with friends and cousins.

With no fear or regret, Kamel peacefully fell asleep in the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mousa and Helaneh, his brother Andrawas Farmand and his sisters Laila Farmand and Hilwa Tawil. He will be missed dearly by his family and the entire community. We sincerely thank all our family and friends for their overwhelming love and support. God bless you all. May his memory be eternal.

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Obituary: George Nehkleh Louh

George Nehkleh Louh
January 18, 1945 – November 5, 2016

George Nehkleh Louh 71, entered into eternal life on November 5, 2016 after battling cancer. He was born in Jaffa, Palestine on January 18, 1945 and at the age of 3, he and his family moved to Ramallah where they operated a successful electrical business. Wanting to further his education and seeking a better life, he immigrated to the United States where he met his wife, Violette (Bajalia) Louh. Together they worked tirelessly to create a better life for their family and he was able to establish a successful electrical business for over 30 years in Jacksonville, Florida. George had three guiding lights in his life, a strong faith in Christ, a devotion to family and a diligent work ethic. George not only touched the hearts of many, but rather gave an example to all men how to be an honorable man, father and husband. George was a long standing member of the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville, the Order of St. Ignatius and St. John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 45 years, Violette; children, Alicia (Victor) Jubran, Rev. Dr. Nicholas (Dr. Roxanne) Louh, Stephanie (Dr. Bobby) Shunnarah and Anthony (Dr. Irene) Louh; cherished grandchildren, Nathan, Madeline and Christian Jubran; George Nicholas and Gabriella Louh; Andrew and Layla Shunnarah and George Jakub Louh; brothers, Jack, Jaleel and Nabil and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceeded in death by his parents, Nehkleh and Alice (Zabaneh) Louh; brother Bishara and sister Jackleen(Mizyed). George was the backbone of our family and his legacy will always live through all of those who knew him. May his memory be forever eternal.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Baby Girl, Sophia Rose to Steven and Ashley Salameh Aweimrin. Her proud grandparents are Fayez and Donna (Natour) Aweimrin, and Isam and Liala Salameh.

Baby Amir Andy, born to Andy Yacoub and Victoria Bishara Akel.  His proud grandparents are Yacoub Jameel and Mary Akel and Victor and Deborah Bishara

Baby Girl Zayna Rose, born to Michael and Jennifer Farhat Marzoug. Her proud grandparents are Bassam and Diana Marzoug and Omar and Janan Farhat.

Chris-Omar Michael Bateh, son of Mike Essa and Marie Bateh, married Jennifer Lyne Franklin, daughter of Donald and Anita Finch.

Christie Michelle Bateh, daughter of Johnny Musa and Donna McClung Bateh married Richard Clinton Blackburn, son of Woody and Brenda Blackburn.

Andrew Charles Sackllah, son of Charles and Nabila Sackllah of Orlando, Florida married Rachel Suheil Abuaita, daughter of Suheil and Abeer Abuaita.

Jessica Tiffany Zarou, daughter of Nader and Sylvia Farah Zarou married Dr. Scott Michael Dellorso, son of Michael and Janet Dellorso.

Club News:

On Saturday, December 3rd the Big Man himself Santa came to our Ramallah Club to have Breakfast with our little ones and to take pictures with them. Not only was a full buffet breakfast served, but also provided was Cookie Decorating, Christmas Pinecone Tree Decorating, a Photo Booth, Letters to Santa and much MORE! Approximately 120 members came to partake in the festivities. In addition, donations were collected to assist Catholic Charities as they assist Syrian Refugees in Jacksonville, Florida. Much appreciation goes out to Sandy Saad Salem for coordinating an amazing event as well as her committee who included Ramsey and Sally Salem, Katherine Shunnarah Akel and Christy Farmand Rukab.

Our club hosted a New Year’s Eve Hafla featuring Emad Batayeh and his talented band, as well as DJ Rezeq.  Brielle Behira opened the evening with a beautiful belly dancing performance to approximately 400+ attendees who also enjoyed non-stop music (Arabic and American) as well as a champagne toast at midnight.  Much appreciation and thanks goes out to the New Year’s Eve committee for an enjoyable and successful event. 

50th Anniversary:

Nasim & Munira Salameh have been married 50 years on June 5th, 2016 and were married in Ramallah in 1966. They enjoy spending time with each other and with family. They celebrated their 50th anniversary at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida with their children and grandchildren.  They have 4 children -Julie, Joseph, Jeannie, & Johnny and they have 5 grandchildren-Gabriella, Bianca, Gianna, Ava, and Lillian. We are thankful for their love and support. Congratulations-We love you!

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

The Farmand family for the passing of Kamel Farmand.

The Mardini family for the passing of Zohair Nimer Mardini

The Hassan family for the passing of Sammy Hassan

The Baba and Danfora families for the passing of Lucille Anne Danfora Baba

The Salah family for the passing of Mrs. Leila Salah

May their memories be eternal.

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