The Way to Bethlehem
Is the Camino de Santiago
support • solidarity • prayer • pilgrimage
A distinctive endeavor on behalf of Bethlehem University
The Way to Bethlehem Campaign
Ghassan Salameh, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem University Foundation is undertaking a unique campaign to raise awareness–and funds–on behalf of the educational efforts of Bethlehem University and the inspiring commitment to learning by its students and faculty.
From May 18 to June 27, 2018 Ghassan will walk the 800 km “Camino de Santiago” in Spain. Ghassan, and those who join him, seek to:
- Raise awareness of the unique mission and contribution made by Bethlehem University to educate Palestinian young adults.
- Raise consciousness of the challenges faced–and constantly overcome–by the students of Bethlehem University in pursuit of learning and a brighter future.
- Raise spirits of men and women of all faiths in prayerful support of Bethlehem University.
- Raise funds to grow the educational mission and resources of Bethlehem University.
The Way to Bethlehem Is…A Pilgrimage
For thousands of years, people have undertaken journeys of faith, usually to shrines or other places of significance in their religious tradition. Pilgrims’ motivations are as varied as the number of pilgrims themselves. Some travel to atone for sin, some to search for meaning; some to manifest praise and adoration and some walk in solidarity with and for others.
Since the middle ages, one of the most well-known–and popular–Christian pilgrimages has been the Camino de Santiago (the “Way of Saint James”). It ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which tradition holds to be the final resting place of the body of Saint James the Apostle. While some have begun the pilgrimage from various places throughout Europe, the most popular route begins just over the French border in the Pyrenees mountains and continues for approximately 800 km across northern Spain.
For “The Way to Bethlehem” campaign, Ghassan Salameh has chosen to walk the Camino. In addition to the faith commitment the pilgrimage entails, he, together with the Bethlehem University Foundation, will use the experience to tell anew the story of Bethlehem University–its mission, educational accomplishments, and students. From the preparation steps to the actual steps in the Spanish countryside, Bethlehem University Foundation will use social media to raise awareness, understanding, prayer, and funds in support of Bethlehem University.
The Way to Bethlehem Is…Ghassan’s Way
Ghassan Salameh is the chairman and CEO of Rubix Holdings, where he is responsible for the launch of two global social media companies and the management of an investment fund targeting promising new companies. Previously, he was executive vice president and senior partner at Booz Allen Hamilton and director of international infrastructure business at CH2M.
Ghassan was born into a Palestinian family taking refuge in Lebanon. At 20 years of age, he came to the United States, put himself through college, and helped his family immigrate and settle in the U.S. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
For many years, Ghassan struggled to identify as a Palestinian-American for fear of being labeled or stereotyped, or in fear for his children or job. Since 2004, however, he has embraced his heritage with courage and proudly accepted the responsibility to advocate on behalf of the Palestinian people. A cornerstone of that cause is an active commitment to the education of Palestinian young people through support of Bethlehem University.
The Way to Bethlehem Needs…Your Support
How can you support this campaign? Consider one or more of the following:
- Learn more about the Bethlehem University Foundation, the U.S. registered not-for-profit organization with the sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University.
- Visit the Bethlehem University website to learn more about the educational programs and students of Bethlehem University.
- Pray for the mission and work of Bethlehem University and “The Way to Bethlehem” pilgrimage in 2018.
- Consider joining the pilgrims on some or all of their journey from May 18 to June 27 (more information coming in 2018).
- Contribute to the campaign financially.
Links and Contact
For assistance from the Bethlehem University Foundation or to make additional inquiries about this campaign, please contact: