Last week, we held our 14th annual CUFI Summit in Washington DC, where thousands of Christians acted on their moral and biblical imperative to stand with Israel and the Jewish people. Over 5,000 of us gathered in our nation’s capital to play our part in personally shaping and strengthening the US-Israel relationship making it stronger than ever.
As Vice President Mike Pence said when he spoke at Summit, CUFI “is a movement across this nation and it is a movement for such a time as this.” Without the support of our committed members, we could not accomplish so much for Zion’s sake, and for that we thank the Lord and you with deepest gratitude.
CUFI GROWS TO SEVEN MILLION
I was both humbled and honored to announce at our opening plenary that CUFI has grown to seven million members, just three months after reaching 6 million, and we continue to grow! As I have stated before, fourteen years ago, I invited 400 of America’s leading evangelical influencers to join me in giving birth to CUFI. Today, by the grace of God, we are over seven million standing united in defense of Israel and the Jewish people. This miracle is the result of God’s blessings and the hard work and sacrifices of thousands!
At this year’s Summit, an unprecedented lineup of America’s top leaders addressed our event to include, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton, Ambassador David Friedman, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs PaulTeller, Senators Roy Blunt, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Representatives Michael McCaul and Dan Crenshaw and Major League Baseball legend Pastor Mariano Rivera. In addition we were privileged to hear from IDF soldiers, Dennis Prager and an assortment of Middle East experts.
CUFI’s Washington Summit this year did not go unnoticed in the media, as all eyes were on CUFI’s top speakers, legislation pushed at Capitol Hill, and faithful turnout of committed members. FOX News, The Washington Examiner, and The Federalist are just a sampling of the wide and diverse press coverage that CUFI has received as a result of the Summit. The more we grow, the farther our reach extends as we shine the light on anti-Semitism and support the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
CUFI on Campus, our unparalleled program for training the next generation of pro-Israel leaders, brought over 650 students to the Summit, a record number. Students heard from Holocaust survivor Irving Roth, CUFI Co-Executive Director Shari Dollinger, military analyst Major Elliot Chodoff (IDF res,), and other top pro-Israel leaders. One student said after the Summit, “I’ve learned not only about the political side of Israel but also the historical background. I knew a good amount about Israel, but coming here was very informative, and it encouraged my faith to go back to Lakeland and encourage other students, in Florida”
In the upcoming weeks, a group of 70 specially trained and dedicated student leaders will embark on an advocacy tour to Israel named after a man who put his faith to action and protected the Jewish people during the Holocaust: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. These Bonhoeffer Fellows have committed to spending an intensive year ramping up their advocacy for Israel and supporting the Jewish people through campus programs, informational meetings, and hosting dynamic speakers. A special thank you to our CUFI partners that made this trip possible.
Our CL Program, launched just two years ago, now represents over 250 districts—up from 41 at our last Summit. These dedicated CUFI members play an important role in contributing to our effectiveness with our Congressional Representatives ensuring that we build strong relationships all year around in every state with our elected officials to increase support of the US-Israel relationship.
At Summit this year, we celebrated the State of Israel, but we did so, in part, with heavy hearts. At a time when anti-Semitism is emerging from the shadows hiding behind the thin veil of anti-Zionism and Replacement Theology within our churches, college campuses, and even America’s Congress—we had to address it head on by shining the light on this evil darkness.
Incidents of anti-Semitic hate crimes are rising at alarmingly high rates, doubling in the US since last year. Because of this dire situation, CUFI chose the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act as our top legislative agenda item for this year’s Summit.
ANTI-SEMITISM AWARENESS ACT
This legislation priority directs the U.S. Department of Education to use the leading definition of anti-Semitism when investigating allegations of unlawful harassment against Jewish students. This act is crucially important in combatting this vile Jew hatred because you cannot defeat what you will not define! We must call anti-Semitism what it is—it is sin—and as sin, it damns the soul! To effectively combat it—we must unite as one and stand up for the Jewish people—simply because it is the right thing to do.
As our friend Vice President Mike Pence stated in his address to the CUFI Summit, “Anti-Semitism is bigger than ever before and CUFI is more effective than ever before.”
AN UNBREAKABLE BOND
One thing was clear—the bond between America and Israel has never been stronger—and CUFI plays a vital role in this truth.
Your support of CUFI makes it possible for us to be a powerful voice on Capitol Hill as we speak with our elected officials about standing with Israel and the Jewish people. We have accomplished much but we have only begun! Our work in more crucial than ever as we do all we can to educate, motivate and activate our members, enabling us to continue to shape and strengthen the US-Israel relationship.
Please remember, CUFI could not be as effective as we are without your sacrifIcial and steadfast support for which we are most grateful. I pray the Almighty surround you with His blessings of good health, abundant joy and supernatural favor.
A 2018 demonstration against antisemitism in Berlin. Photo: Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch.
A slight drop in the number of antisemitic incidents in Berlin during the first half of this year is no excuse for complacency, the city’s antisemitism commissioner emphasized on Thursday following the publication of statistics for hate crimes targeting Jews in the German capital from January-June 2019.
“Antisemitism remains a serious problem that we cannot tolerate in Berlin,” Lorenz Korgel — the city’s commissioner for combating antisemitism — told local news outlet Berliner Morgenpost. “The number of antisemitic incidents remains at a high level. ”
People wear kippas at a demonstration in front of a Jewish synagogue denouncing an antisemitic attack on a young man wearing a kippa, in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. (photo credit: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS)
The population of the State of Israel has increased 2.1% since last year, according to a report released in time for Rosh Hashanah by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Today, there are 9.1 million citizens of Israel, of which some 6.7 million (74%) are Jewish, the report shows. The country’s citizens also include 1.9 million Arabs (21%) and 0.4% of “others,” including Christians and those of other minority groups.
A women holds up a sign against anti-Semitism at a rally in New York City on Sept. 22, 2019. Photo: Rhonda Hodas Hack.
JNS.org – Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in front of City Hall in New York on Sunday, calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other municipal leaders, as well as those on the national level, to act against antisemitism and the wave of antisemitic hate crimes taking place against the Orthodox Jewish community.
The beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.
On the eve of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, ushering in the Jewish year of 5780, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released its traditional end-of-the-year findings.
Israel’s population now stands at 9.092 million people — 6.744 million (74.2 percent) of whom are Jews, with 1.907 million (21 percent) Arabs and 441,000 (4.8 percent) listed as “other.”
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason. Photo: Instagram.
Drew Seigla and Stephanie Lynne Mason play Pertshik and Hodl, whose love story takes them all the way to Siberia in the award-winning show by the National Yiddish Theatre.
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“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” — Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
“Israel must, in the most blunt and clear way possible, illustrate to Washington that the prosperity of Jordan is a first-rate Israeli security and strategic interest.” — Former head of Mossad Ephraim Halevy at “Between Jerusalem and Amman: 25 Years Since the Signing of the Peace Agreement Between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Institute for National Security Studies, Sept. 25, 2019.
A thought came to mind the other day.
For all the bluster about Judaism and anti-Semitism in America, I am not convinced that far-out-left and liberal young Jews, who have been very strident and even threatening on Israel-related issues and local American political battles, have done much on the ground to confront and quash, one way or another, attacks on Jews. They have portrayed themselves as gliding along a moral highway but have permitted immoral actions to exist quite close to home, far from Gaza (did any of them recite a public Kaddish in the town square for murdered and injured Jews, or their damaged and desecrated property)?
One of the hallmark features of Yom Kippur are the communal sins which we need to repent for. Most Jews focus on what we have done personally towards G-d and towards others. Little thought is given to how we could be better as a community. Or the sins we bear as a community.
However, the communal recitation of the Al Chet, repeated over and over on Yom Kippur is to drive the point home that we are responsible for one another
Incoming freshman Member of Knesset from the leftist, Democratic Union list, Yair Golan, did it again. Golan’s constant delegitimization of his political opponents on the right, smacks of the same delegitimization that tyrants, dictators, demagogues and assorted totalitarians always use, just before the Putsch.
In that regard, he’s right when he said recently, “I’m reminding people that the Nazis came to power democratically, so we have to be careful, very careful, so that radicals with a messianic view won’t exploit Israeli democracy to replace the system of government.” Think “
As Israeli frustration mounts about violence coming out of Gaza, the idea of a ground invasion, and once and for all to finish with Hamas aggression, becomes more appealing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed this approach, saying, “There probably won’t be a choice but to topple the Hamas regime.” While sympathetic to this impulse, I worry that too much attention is paid to tactics and not enough to goals. The result could be harmful to Israel.