Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Bethlehem Development Foundation (AFBDF), the Honorable Mr. George Salem visits the Church of Nativity

Tues­day, August 20, 2019

Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors of the Amer­i­can Friends of the Beth­le­hem Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (AFBDF), the Hon­or­able Mr. George Salem and his wife Mrs. Rhon­da Salem were accom­pa­nied by BDF CEO and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Eng. Mazen Karam in a vis­it to the Church of Nativ­i­ty. The vis­it­ing team were wel­comed by Eng. Imad Nas­sar and Eng. Afif Twe­meh, rep­re­sent­ing the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee for the Restora­tion of the Church of Nativ­i­ty. This is the Salems sec­ond vis­it to the restora­tion works in two years. While their first vis­it the church was full of scaf­fold­ing, this vis­it comes at a stage when all scaf­fold­ing has been removed and major restora­tion works have been completed.

The Salems were very pleased with their vis­it and the progress of the works. It is to be not­ed that The George and Rhon­da Salem Fam­i­ly foun­da­tion were the first to adopt the restora­tion of one of the 50 columns at the Church of Nativ­i­ty, name­ly the col­umn with the paint­ing of St. George  “My inter­est stems from the fact that he is not only my patron saint as some­one named “George,” but he is also the Patron Saint of Pales­tine, George Richard Salem, 15 Feb 2015.” 

لثلاثاء 20/8/2019 

قام رئيس مجلس إدارة “أصدقاء مؤسسة تطوير بيت لحم في أميركا السيد جورج سالم وزوجته السيدة روندا سالم برفقتة المدير العام الاداري والتنفيذي المهندس مازن كرم  بزيارة كنيسة المهد.

حيث استقبله فريق  من قبل اللجنة الرئاسية لترميم كنيسة المهد المهندس عماد نصار والمهندس عفيف تويمة ، هذه الزيارة الثانية للسيد جورج سالم لاعمال الترميم في غضون عامين. بينما أتت الزيارة الأولى في وقت كانت فيه الكنيسة مليئة بالسقالات، تأتي هذه الزيارة في مرحلة تم فيها إزالة جميع السقالات واشرفت أعمال الترميم الرئيسية من الانتهاء.

وصرح السيد جورج  وزوجته عن سعادتهم من تقدم أعمال الترميم، ويذكر أن مؤسسة عائلة جورج و وروندا سالم كانت أول من تبنى ترميم أحد الاعمدة الخمسين في كنيسة المهد ، وهو العمود الذي يحمل رسم القديس ” جورجيوس, وصرح السيد جورج سالم ان اهتمامه ينبع من حقيقة ان القديس جورجيوس هو القديس الراعي لفلسطين عدا عن انني احمل اسمه

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