The chairman of Crest Investment Company, Jamal Daniel has more than three decades of experience in the areas of real estate, technology, and oil and gas investment. Jamal Daniel is founder of Levantine Films and of the Levant Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of Middle Eastern Culture.
The Levant Foundation participates in various initiatives to promote understanding among the three great world religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. In 2018, for example, the foundation pledged financial support to the restoration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a basilica in the West Bank and one of the world’s oldest continually operating sites of worship. Built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century, the church is believed to mark the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Currently, the church is home to clerics from the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox churches and the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church. Because several denominations share ownership of the space, restoration efforts are often slowed by territorial claims and negotiations.