General Assembly Meeting


Our next General Assembly meeting will be held on September 9. Join us before the meeting for dinner and bingo!

Bingo – 5pm
Bingo Cards: $5
Dinner: $8 (hamburger, potato salad and coleslaw)

The meeting will begin immediately after bingo.

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August General Assembly Meeting

General Assembly Meeting
Our next General Assembly meeting will be held on August 12 at 6 pm. We have a number of items to discuss including the past Ramallah convention, the 2020 convention status and more. Please plan to join us.

If you are interested in chairing a meal for this meeting please contact Tala Farah at

NYE Committee Meeting
Anyone interested in helping to plan and prepare for the 2018 NYE Party is asked to attend a planning meeting beginning at 5pm on August 12. For Questions please contact Jacob Bateh at

Youth Group Meeting
The Youth group will be meeting on August 19th. Please take note that this is not the same day as the General Assembly meeting.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Baby Boy, James Henry “Quinn”, born to James and Brittany Dewan Frazier in Dallas, Texas. His proud grandparents are James and Caroline Frazier, and Kim (Bateh) and Derek Dewan.

Dr. Ronnie Bateh, son of David and Renee Bateh, to Michelle Jarjoura, daughter of Hanna Jarjoura and the late Nadia Jarjoura.


Emily Randall Bateh, daughter of Randall and Suha Bateh graduated from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. She will be attending Santa Fe College in Gainesville. Her proud grandparents are Klare Bateh and late John Bateh, and the late Atallah and Dalal Habash.

Rania Noor Farah, daughter of Chuck and Ruba Farah graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida with High Honors and will be pursuing her education at the University of Georgia. 
Her proud grandmothers are Suad Farah and Ibtisam Musallam.

Club News:
On Saturday, May 19th, a Medical Mission Dinner for our motherland was held. In attendance were 260 members, along with special guests Bajis Katwan and Hanna Hanania. They enjoyed a cocktail hour and a delicious dinner. Many thanks go out to Chairpersons Jamal Jubran and Johnny Rukab and their committee for a successful event.

Our annual Fathers’ Day Picnic was held on Fathers’ Day. Many members enjoyed fellowship and our traditional meal. Many thanks go out to Chairpersons Nadia Farah and Poline Salameh, and their committee for coordinating a successful event.

Youth Group News:
On Wednesday, June 13th, the youth group consisting of 14 members enjoyed a dinner meeting at Dave and Busters. Along with participating and enjoying the various games offered, they enjoyed fellowship. Many thanks go out to the Youth Group Directors, Christy Farmand Rukab and Kathy Shunnarah Akel.

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

The Salem family for the passing of Mr. Salem A. Salem

The Newey family for the passing of Julienne M. Newey

The Salah family for the passing of Mr. Jalil Jacob Salah

The Akel and Wheatley families for the passing of Barry “Buddy” Wheatley Akel

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

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Engraved Bricks

Bricks are now available to be purchased for engraving around the fountain. All forms and checks must be turned in by August 6th for this engraving period. Click Here for the form. Questions? Please contact Edward Bateh or David Hanania.

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Bus Trip to Hard Rock Tampa

Interested in a quick day trip to Hard Rock Tampa? Then join us on July 21st!! This is sure to be a good time so don’t miss out!

Contact Abla Bateh (904) 730-7249 for tickets
Tickets are $60 & non refundable
Bus leaves at 6:00 am and will return back from Tampa that night

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Summer Fiesta!

Join us for a Summer Fiesta on July 28th! Doors open at 7pm.

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2020 Convention Committee


We are currently in the process of bidding for the 2020 Convention to be hosted by our community. Members who are interested in chairing the convention committee or an event at the convention please e-mail Tala Farah at Please note that we respectfully request any member who is interested in chairing the convention have prior experience in the position.

Once a convention chair has been selected a meeting will be set-up to begin to gather a committee. Thanks in advance for your participation in what is sure to be an outstanding event.

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General Assembly Meeting

Please join us for the next general assembly meeting Sunday, June 10 at 6pm. There is no meal planned, however if you would like to chair the meal for the meeting please contact Tala Farah at We have a number of items to discuss so please plan to attend.

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On The Move: Michelle Kalil

Duval County Court Judge Michelle Kalil was recognized by the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association as the 2018 Woman Lawyer of the year.  Kalil was chosen because of her involvement in the community as well as her commitment to the legal profession and for being a role model for JWLA members.  Congratulations to Michele, who is a mother to Matthew, her biggest and best accomplishment. Her proud parents are Sam and Frieda Kalil.

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Obituary: Ellen Omar Bateh

Ellen Omar Bateh
January 1, 1936 – December 21, 2017

Ellen Omar Bateh was born in Ramallah, Palestine on January 1, 1936 to Hannah and Maria Bateh. She spent the first 11 years of her life in Ramallah before immigrating to the US in 1947. Upon her arrival to this country, she met Omar Saleeba Bateh. Little did she know that Omar would become the love of her life. They would marry seven years later and have a daughter, Marie.

Her roles were many – daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a friend to many, whether you met her years ago or five minutes ago. Words used to describe Ellen are proud, loving, feisty, and strong. Proud Palestinian, proud mother, proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Strong… Widowed at age 33, she raised her daughter alone. A very tender-hearted yet tough woman. At the age of 40, Ellen became a grandmother and from that point on, her goal in life was to do nothing but spoil her grandchildren. She took great pleasure in giving her grandkids everything their mommy and daddy wouldn’t. After her grandbabies, her next love was being outdoors, tending to her roses and fruit trees. She enjoyed nothing more than picking grapefruit from her tree in the backyard. A great storyteller, Ellen would talk about growing up in Ramallah and about her husband Omar. Even though the events she spoke of were many years ago, they were always very vivid in her mind. Her stories are all priceless and will remain with us forever.

Ellen is preceded in death by her husband, Omar Saleeba Bateh, her parents Hanna and Maria Bateh, and her sister Alice Sallah. She is survived by her daughter, Marie (Mike), her brother, Jack (Suad), her grandchildren Sonja, Elaine, Chris-Omar (Jennifer), and Michael, and great grandchildren, Alyssa and Michael.

She will always be on our minds and forever in our hearts. May her memory be eternal.

A Legacy of love
A wife, a mother, a Tata too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts we’ll eternally keep

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