Fall Picnic

Sunday, October 22 @ 12 Noon
Bring the family out for great food, a festival for the younger children and a haunted house for the teens!

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October General Assembly Meeting

October General Assembly Meeting
Sunday, October 1

Meeting will begin at 6pm
Sfiha dinners will be sold starting at 5:30pm

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Baby Boy, Michael Andrew Azzouz born to Andrew and Miranda Bateh Azzouz. His proud grandparents are Anwar “Ed” and Julie Azzouz, and David and Renee Bateh.

Youth Group News:

On Friday, August 4th, the Youth Group had an awesome get together/meeting. They bid adieu to summer with pizza, chips, indoor dodgeball, ping pong and corn hole toss. With almost 40 in attendance it was a great time! A huge thanks goes out to our Youth Group Directors, Christy Rukab and Kathy Akel, for planning this fun event. 

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

The Salem and Angelou families for the passing of Mrs. Lila Salem Angelou

The Bateh family for the passing of Mr. Adel S. Bateh

The Cadora family for the passing of Mr. Karim A. Cadora

May their memories be eternal.

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Charity Golf Tournament

Charity Golf Tournament
Sunday, September 24
Deercreek County Club
1pm start
$100/golfer (includes dinner)

For more information about golfing or sponsoring please contact:
Nick Mousa @ RACJAXGolf@gmail.com
Issa Odeh @ 904-868-5699

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August General Assembly Meeting

General Assembly Meeting – Sunday, August 6
Join us for a movie with the kids and breakfast for dinner!

Movie – we’ll be showing “Trolls” at 4:30pm –
Popcorn will be served
Meeting – General Assembly meeting will be at 6:30pm – We’ll be selling nawashef style breakfast

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July General Assembly Meeting

Friday, July 14
Meeting at 6:30pm

Pizza will be sold during the meeting.

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Upcoming Events (Picnic, Project Hope, Know Thy Heritage)

Father’s Day Picnic (Save the Date!)
Sunday, June 18

Project Hope & Know Thy Heritage
Project Hope
What: Two-week, full-immersion, hands-on program in Palestine, performing service-oriented projects
When: 7/20 – 8/7
Who: Young adults ages 18-27 with a valid passport

Contact Johnny Rukab ASAP at carpetjohnny@aol.com or visit AFRP.org if interested.

Know Thy Heritage
What: A chance to explore Palestine and deepen the connections with your roots
When: 7/6 – 7/20
Who: U.S. citizens ages 18-30

Click here to apply.

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Obituary: Salwa Saah Hishmeh & Nicola George Hishmeh

Salwa Saah Hishmeh
January 11, 1930 – February 2, 2016

Salwa Saah Hishmeh passed away peacefully at the age of 86 in her home beside her where her family. Salwa was born in Ramallah, Palestine.  Salwa was married to the love of her life Nicola George Hishmeh in September, 1957. They raised four wonderful children, Mary, George, Maha, and Basim. She is survived by 9 grandchildren and two siblings Jamil and Norman Saah. Salwa was a nurturing, kind hearted, caring and loving person.  You never left her home without being feed or food with you. She helped raise all of her grandchildren, whom they all miss, love and cherish. Tata, Yama, you will be missed and forever in our hearts. 

Nicola George Hishmeh
January 7, 1932 – April 17, 2017

Nicola George Hishmeh passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 85, where he lived in Port Charlotte, FL for over 30 years. Nicola was born in Ramallah, Palestine to George and Farideh Hishmeh.  He was happily married to the late Salwa Saah Hishmeh for 59 years. Nicola is survived by his four children Mary, George, Maha, Basim and their spouses.  He has 9 grandchildren who loved and adored him. Nicola’s surviving siblings are Georgette, Sulaiman, Suheila, Saleh, Salah, Elias, Antar and the late Nasear and Khalil. Nicola was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.  The most valuable thing to him was his family.  His home was the whole family’s home.  Nothing brought him more joy then to be surrounded by family, food and music. He will be missed dearly by everyone. Nicola’s spirit will live in all of our hearts. Rest in Peace, Pops and Cedo

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Obituary: Michele Lea Batteh Campbell

Michele Lea Batteh Campbell
June 24, 1972 – April 25, 2017

Michele Lea Batteh Campbell, our ray of sunshine, left this world and joined her father, Munir Salem Batteh, and sister, Kimberly Marie Batteh, in heaven on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 leaving a hole in all of our hearts. Born in Jacksonville, Florida on June 24, 1972, Michele had the amazing ability to light up a room with her vibrant personality, gave the best hugs and kisses knowing you were loved. She was given the award for Best Smile Maker by her company, The Michaelson Group. She exuded a passion for her family, the country of Jamaica, cooking large meals and gathering those she loved to celebrate a milestone or birthday. Michele Lea Batteh Campbell was survived by her mother, Her Queen, Besima Batteh; spouse, Earl Campbell; daughters, Basia Sade, Nyah Mahklah Marie; sons, Jah-Nesta Emmanuel, Jah-Marley Yocha; grandson, Tafari Cristiano; sisters, Christina Batteh Robbins, Angela Batteh; nieces, Isabella and Sophia; and countless Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends who were like her family.

“Goodbyes hurt the most when the story is not finished.” Anonymous

Michele, you are in our hearts forever and always. We will miss you and love you always! Rest in Peace beautiful.

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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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