Fr. David P. Khoury's Introduction
Fr. David P. Khoury, the parish priest and former
principal of the Orthodox School has a positive outlook.
He has a membership of over two hundred families in
the Orthodox Church along with Fr. Tawfiq Nasser the
senior priest. Fr. David administered the school for
over ten years with 300 students and 24 teachers founded
in 1770. The school began at an elementary level and
in l990 officially became a high school.
Fr. David says: "We have some distinguished things
in our village, St. George ruins, great climate, good
atmosphere, people help each other and cooperate with
each other. Most people are related to each other
in the village." And, he is right, because his first
cousins David C. Khoury and Nadim C. Khoury launched
the first micro brewery in the Middle East (1994)
in order to boost the economy after the Oslo Peace
Agreement. A dream come true for their late father
Mr. Canaan Khoury who had the wish of every Palestinian
Dad that the children get the knowledge and skills
from the West but return to help their homeland and
maintain their close family values.
Fr. David discovered 4th century mosaics next to
the new Orthodox Church (built 1931) and put up columns,
build walls and basically created a small chapel in
l987 to preserve this special site. The generosity
of Taybeh people in San Francisco made this chapel
possible. Generous donors' abroad like Mr. Yousef
Newas established the local laboratory for the health
clinic. Mr. Newas also provides college scholarships
on an annual basis to three Taybeh students at Birzeit
University . Also, Fr. Jack Abed from the Melkite
parish helped fundraise money and build a housing
complex for sixteen families in his parish. In addition,
we have a four family housing unit build by the Latin
Patriarchate. Currently, the St. George's Church Housing
Committee is seeking funds to help thirty needy families
build their first homes on land donated by the Greek
Orthodox Patriarch. One million dollars would build
thirty skeletal units.
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