A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans

A Thousand And One Journeys: The Arab Americans is the untold story of almost 200 years of the contributions of those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric.

Airing January 24 @ 11pm on WJCT

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Camp Ramallah

When: June 9th – June 16th
Where: Beautiful Smokey Mountains of Tennessee
Who: Ramallah Young men and women age 13-17
Camp activities include: Tubing, Horse Back Riding, Sport Activities, Dabkeh Lessons, Arabi Lessons, History and Cultural Activities, including Arabi Food Cooking Lessons and Ramallah Bowl plus lots more Fun and Adventure.

Counselors are Needed:
Apply As Soon as Possible
Cost: $200. Limited Space. Apply ASAP. Applications will be available soon on AFRP website.

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Installation & Members Dinner

Our Installation of Officers & Membership dinner will be held on Saturday, January 27.

If you have not already paid your dues of $150 you can pay at the door. Please remember dues will increase to $160 after January 27.

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Obituary: Nabiha S. Shalley

Nabiha S. Shalley
November 20, 1928 – September 1, 2017
Jacksonville, FL

Nabiha Shalley peacefully passed away on September 1st, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Nabiha was born on Nevember 20th, 1928 in Ramallah, Palestine to Saleem and Mariam (Forte) Bateh.
She emigrated to the United States as a young woman to unite with family. She was a loving and caring wife to her late husband, William Shalley. She is survived by her three loving sisters, Salima Zarou, Naimeh Butrus, and Karimeh Bateh, and many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Saleem and Mariam Bateh, brothers Shukry, Adel, Fuad, Said, and sister Juliette Butros. She will never be forgotten, and may she rest in peace.

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Obituary: Karim Aziz Cadora

Karim Aziz Cadora
February 20, 1942 – September 14, 2017
Jacksonville, Florida

Surrounded by his family, Karim Aziz Cadora passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Karim was born on February 20, 1942, in Ramallah, Palestine. At the age of twenty-one, Karim moved to Jacksonville, Florida to attend Jacksonville University. Karim graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor’s Degree. He furthered his education at the University of North Florida and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology. For the past forty years, Karim worked as a self-employed business consultant.

Karim was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church and the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville. He is predeceased by his father Aziz Jeries Cadora and his mother, Najla Kassees Cadora. He is survived by his wife Juliana Ayoub Cadora, daughter Karina Lee Cadora, and son Kevin Aziz Cadora. Karim was a man who loved and cherished the people around him. His strength and love for life were apparent in how he lived knowing that he had Pulmonary Fibrosis. As he stated, “It is in God’s hands. I lived a good life. Be strong and take care of each other.” Our family would like to thank the community for their overwhelming love and support during this difficult time.

We little knew the day that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.
It broke out hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one
the chain will link again.
By Ron Tranmer

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Obituary: Adel Bateh Jr.

Adel Bateh Jr.
July 28, 1966- September 26, 2017
Jacksonville, Florida

Adel Bateh Jr. known to family and friedns as Eddie, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, September 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Eddie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, on july 28, 1966. He grew up in Lake Worth, South Florida. Eddie was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Nisreen, and father to his son Brandon. He was a loving son to his deceased father Adel, and his mother Armallina, a devoted brother and brother in-law to sister Tonia and her husband Ken .

Eddie worked very hard to provide for his family, whom he loved dearly. There was never a time that he thought of himself first. It was always his family first. During his downtime, he loved to play cards and was a huge sports fan, especially football. His favorite teams were the Miami Dolphins and the Hurricanes. He always loved to watch the games on Sundays, and when he wasn’t, he was watching ESPN.

His son, Brandon, was the light of his life. Eddie couldn’t stop talking about Brandon and how proud he was of him. Brandon brought so much joy and love into Eddie’s heart.

Although we will always miss him deeply, he will live forever in our hearts.

You are not forgotten loved one nor will you ever be as long as life memory last we will remember thee. We miss you now, our hearts are sore and as time goes by we’ll miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face no one can fill your vacant place.

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Obituary: Adel Saleem Bateh

Adel Saleem Bateh
June 22, 1936 – August 31, 2017
Jacksonville, FL

Adel Saleem Bateh peacefully departed this life on August 31, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Adel was born June 22nd, 1936 to Saleem and Nimeh Bateh in Ramallah, Palestine.

After emigrating to the United States as a young man, he settled in Jacksonville, Florida. He married his wife Armallina, and started his beautiful family while building and running his very successful business. He and his family later moved to Lake Worth, Florida where he and his wife raised their two children, Adel Jr., (Eddie) and Tonia, before returning to Jacksonville in 1986.

There he was a successful business owner and a member of the Ramallah-American Club.

He led a very long and happy life, and was very healthy, strong and active even into his eighties, always working in the yard and around the house (in fact, his yard won yard of the month on multiple occasions), and he was always there to help his son, Eddie, with his business.

He cherished his independence, and never depended on anyone else to get around.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, and he was beloved and respected by all who knew him. He was very active in the community, and he always made time to take care of his family, as well as frequently have lunch with his friends.

He always had kind words for everyone, and very wise advice for anyone who listened, gleaned from his many years of life’s experiences.

His grandson, Brandon, was the light of his life. He always loved to spend his time, and play with Brandon, and his face always lit up with joy whenever he was with him.

His son and daughter, Eddie and Tonia, always called him the best man they’ve ever known. He was always there for his children whenever they needed him, and there wasn’t a day that went by, when they didn’t speak to their father.

Adel is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Armallina, his daughter, Tonia Thomas (Ken), his daughter-in-law, Nisreen, his grandson Brandon, and three loving sisters, Salima Zarou, Naimeh Butrus, and Karimeh Bateh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Saleem and Nimeh Bateh; three brothers, Shukry, Fuad, Said and sisters, Juliette Butros, and Nabiha Shalley.

Although we will always miss him deeply, he will live forever in our hearts.

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Hathihe Ramallah News

Baby Girl, Anna Odette born to Scott and Lyanna Louthan Kalil. His proud grandparents are Sam and Frieda Kalil and Edwin and Evalee Louthan.

Baby Girl, Hannah Katherine born to Deno and Lee-Catherine Bateh Hicks. Her proud grandparents are Tony and Kathy Hicks and Charlie and Susan Bateh.

Baby Boy, Kamden Kyle born to Kyle and Alexis Farmand Whitaker. His proud grandparents are Steve Whitaker and Sherri Provencal, and Hiram and Maha Farmand Osterhoudt. His proud first time great grandmother is Nuhad Kamel Farmand.

Baby Boy, Noah Salem born to Salem and Dalia Mousa Fakhouri. His proud grandparents are Mechail (Mike) and Aida Fakhouri, and James and Howaida Mousa.

Anne Rafidi, daughter of Sue Kalil Rafidi and Sami Rafidi to Zaf Furhad, son of Almas Iqbal.

Jamie Lynn Ibrahim, daughter of Maha Salama Ibrahim to Shane Henderson VanTine, son of Russell and Sandra VanTine.

Kyle Raymond Bateh, son of Raymond Z and Donna Bateh to Stephanie Ann Alley, daughter of Wayne and Clair Alley of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Club News:

On September 23rd, our club hosted a Casino Night. The Chairperson, Tyler Bateh, led the efforts for the planning, Ticket Sales, and coordination with various vendors to help make this a memorable evening for all. There were close to 170 guests, who all enjoyed “Casino Style” games like Blackjack, Roulette, Slots, and Craps. Everyone had a great time and our club is hoping to make this a yearly event! Many thanks go out to Chairperson Tyler Bateh for this successful event.

On September 24th, the Captains Choice Golf Tournament was held at Deercreek Country Club. In attendance were 48 golfers in 12 teams of 4. Raffle prizes were awarded and a BBQ dinner was held after the tournament. Proceeds were raised for the club’s charitable giving fund. Many thanks go out to Chairmen Nick Mousa and Issa Odeh for organizing this fun event.

On October 22nd, our club held their annual fall picnic. It was very successful as members enjoyed our traditional dinner, fellowship and fun! Many thanks go out to Chairperson Tania Hanania and her committee for coordinating the fall picnic.

Youth Group News:
In conjunction with our annual fall picnic, our Youth coordinated our annual fall carnival including a Haunted House!! Both events were a huge success and very enjoyable for all. Many thanks go out to the Youth Directors, Christy Farmand Rukab and Katherine Shunnarah Akel: the youth, their parents and all who participated to make it a fun event.

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

The Cadora family for the passing of Karim Cadora.

The Bateh families for the passing of Adel Bateh, Adel (Eddie) Bateh Jr and Nabiha Shalley.

The El-Abu and Karanjulian families for the passing of Samira El-Abu Karanjulian.

The Al-Rahil family for the passing of Amira Elias Al-Rahil.

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

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Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 9 @ 10:30am

Bring the family for all the holiday fun!

– Photo Booth
– Crafts
– Breakfast buffet

This event is FREE for members. If you have not paid your dues for this year and would like to attend please be sure to bring a check to pay at the door.

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New Years Eve Party

New Year’s Eve
Featuring Samir Helme & DJ Khalil

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