American Federation of Ramallah Palestine
San Jose, California Chapter

The El-Wad editors encourage the submission of articles, illustrations and news. Please contact either John Mogannam (408-268-3920) if you have any questions on formats or how to submit your article. If you need to report community news please contact Fedwa Ajlunii (408-226-9434).

El-Wad - Archive


El-Wad - Editor's Note


As the new Board of Directors for the Ramallah Club of San Jose embarks on a new year, many activities are planned which you will read about in this edition of El-Wad. As our community in the South Bay matures, and the next generation takes over, it is more important than ever to maintain our relationships and transmit our traditions and customs to our children. Sadly, unlike many other Ramallah communities in this country, our community here in the South Bay appears to be fragmented. It seems that we are not working towards a common goal and many have regressed in their support to the Ramallah Club. If we do not support our Club and nurture it, then who will? We don’t want our Club to fade away and lose a very important cultural link for our community. Therefore, we have to lend our support to the club and help revive it. What I am talking about here is supporting the Club by attending the Club functions with our families and be an active contributor to the Club. Attending these activities provides our children with a perspective of who we are, where we came from, what our community looks like, and teaches them to get integrated in the Ramallah Community. I believe that we all strive for our children to learn and maintain our heritage and values. Of course, the first place to teach our children about our heritage, values and traditions is in the home. But our Club is an important enhancement to that training. It validates what we teach them at home by observing it in action at the club when meeting other Ramallah children, relatives and friends and at the same time creating friendships that will endure a lifetime.

El-Wad is an important way for us to stay connected. Many of you told me that they missed El-Wad when it was not published. We plan to publish El-Wad four times this year. We plan to include news of the Ramallah Community in the South Bay, as well as information about our upcoming events. Inaya Ajlouni is our local correspondent to Hathihe Ramallah Magazine. Please call or email her with any news you would like to share.We at El-Wad would love to hear from you. Please send us your articles, suggestions, poems, jokes, or news to share with the Community. You can call me at home at 408-268-3920, or email me at anytime.


John Mogannam