The American Friends of the Bethlehem Development Foundation Hosts Breakfast at the Museum of the Bible

Mar 14, 2020 | Media, Press Release

(Wash­ing­ton, DC. Feb­ru­ary 7th, 2020) The Amer­i­can Friends of the Beth­le­hem Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (AFBDF), a U.S. 501© (3) non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the restora­tion of the Holy Region of Beth­le­hem, held a very suc­cess­ful break­fast brief­ing on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2020 at the Muse­um of the Bible in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., attend­ed by over 90 guests.

AFBDF was hon­ored to have the pres­ence of guest speak­ers: Arch­bish­op Vick­en Aykaz­ian, The Ecu­meni­cal Direc­tor and Dioce­san Legate of the Armen­ian Church of Amer­i­ca (East­ern) The Hon­or­able Alex M. Azar II, the U.S. Sec­re­tary of Health and Human Ser­vices, and Jack­ie and Steve Green, Chair­man of the Board Muse­um of the Bible.

In addi­tion, AFBDF expressed grat­i­tude to those indi­vid­u­als who made this suc­cess­ful event pos­si­ble: Mr. and Mrs. Ben Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Lar­ry Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Dit­to, Dr. Jeff Klo­ha, Chief Cura­to­r­i­al Office at the Muse­um of the Bible, and Dr. Eliz­a­beth Pro­dro­mou, pro­fes­sor at The Fletch­er School of Law and Diplo­ma­cy, Tufts University. 

“We were hon­ored to have such high ‑lev­el atten­dance by both our guest speak­ers and atten­dees.  Their com­mit­ment and enthu­si­asm to help revi­tal­ize the Church of the Nativ­i­ty where Jesus Christ was born was evi­dent.” not­ed AFBDF Pres­i­dent George Salem.

The Amer­i­can Friends of the Beth­le­hem Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (AFBDF) was found­ed in 2017 to estab­lish finan­cial assis­tance, grass­roots sup­port, and recog­ni­tion for the devel­op­ment of the Holy City of Beth­le­hem. AFBDF sup­ports the efforts of the Beth­le­hem Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (BDF), a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion head­quar­tered in Beth­le­hem and found­ed by the late Said Khoury, with a Board of Trustees now chaired by his son Samer Khoury. BDF’s mis­sion is to imple­ment Mr. Khoury’s vision to cre­ate a sus­tain­able econ­o­my and infra­struc­ture for Beth­le­hem, and to enable the Holy City to sparkle as a peace­ful bea­con and unique spir­i­tu­al cen­ter of the world for pil­grims of all faiths. AFBDF desires to expand its pres­ence in the Unit­ed States to seek sup­port for the birth­place of Jesus Christ.


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