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.
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Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei speaks following his election victory. Photo: Reuters/Jose Cabezas.
A prominent Guatemalan supporter of Israel who once said, “He who is Israel’s enemy is Guatemala’s enemy,” won the country’s presidential election with 58.5 percent of the vote, results on Monday confirmed.
Conservative candidate Alejandro Giammattei emerged victorious in the vote in the second round of elections on Sunday, beating his rival Sandra Torres, a former first lady.
Aerial view of containers at a loading terminal in the port of Hamburg, Germany August 1, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer.
German exports to Iran fell by nearly half in the first six months of 2019, data showed on Monday, suggesting companies are scaling back business ties with Tehran to avoid trouble with the United States after Washington reimposed sanctions.
Sales to Iran plunged by 48 percent to 678 million euros ($758.8 million) from January through June year-on-year, data from the Federal Statistics Office reviewed by Reutersshowed. Imports from Iran declined by 43 percent to nearly 110 million euros.
The New York Times logo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
A New York Times editor is in trouble for what the Times calls repeated poor judgment on social media.
The editor, Jonathan Weisman, works in the Times Washington bureau with the title “deputy Washington editor” and is the author of the 2018 book (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in the Age Of Trump.
Canadian Observer to Post: Canada has niche capabilities to help in such a scenario.
“Mighty Waves,” the Navy’s large-scale multinational exercise simulating the aftermath of a major earthquake. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)
The five-day, large-scale multinational exercise, with 10 foreign fleets off the Haifa coast simulating the aftermath of a major earthquake, has brought the Israel Navy to “another level” of preparedness.
Dubbed “Mighty Waves,” the drill saw the participation of hundreds of troops on six ships at sea. Five helicopters also took part in the exercise, which focused on the after-effects of a significant 7.5 earthquake that leaves thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
A food market in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher vis Wikimedia Commons.
CTech – Israel has a reputation for being the Startup Nation, but Marcelle Machluf, dean of biotechnology and food engineering at Technion Israel Institute of Technology, predicts that in coming years Israel will be known as the FoodTech Nation.
“Foodtech and biotech are two fields that are climbing to the top of the tech industry,” Machluf told Calcalist in a recent interview. “This push is happening for a reason.
Aug 16, 2019 0A 2018 demonstration against antisemitism in Berlin. Photo: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch. Another rabbi has been attacked in the streets of Berlin, the German capital, by male assailants who pushed him to...
Mass shootings are nothing new in the United States, but their sudden rise is ballooning into a shocking nationwide epidemic. Many blame a toxic political culture that is accentuating divisions rather than commonalities between Americans, and the ease in which Americans can access guns, including automatic assault rifles.
If Saturday’s horrifying terrorist attack in an El Paso Walmart had taken place in Jerusalem, leaving 22 Israelis dead, the killer would rot in jail knowing his family would be taken care of, paid every month by his government.
What, one has to ask, does Iran’s Islamic regime have to fear from the country’s Christians, Baha’is, Zoroastrians, Sufis, Sunni Muslims, or Jews? Yet its treatment of these minorities is so repressive that it seems not unreasonable to ask if the clerics might be afraid of what they consider challenges to their fantasy of pure Islamic identity.
The fate of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2017 executive order barring state contractors from participating in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is in the hands of a federal judge. The order violates First Amendment rights, a lawsuit filed by a former Maryland state legislator claims. wsuit.
This week my family and I have the privilege of celebrating two significant and interrelated milestones. We celebrate the 15th anniversary of our arrival in Israel, taking on citizenship and planting our roots firmly in our historic homeland. And we celebrate (yes, celebrate) the induction into the IDF of our oldest son.
When our youngest son was born in Jerusalem, we knew that he would serve in the army, an obligation and privilege as an Israeli Jew, pretty much as genetic as his actual DNA. But when our oldest son was born in N.J., we didn’t know this would be his destiny.