Dear CUFI friend,
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.