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Christians United for Israel Washington Summit July 23-24, 2018

2018 Washington Summit Speakers

 

Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Via Satellite
Hagee
Pastor John Hagee
CUFI Executive Board
Founder and National Chairman, Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church
Dermer
Ambassador Nikki Haley
US Ambassador to the United Nations
Dermer
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Israel's Ambassador to the United States
Cotton
Senator Tom Cotton
U.S. Senator for Arkansas
Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz
U.S. Senator for Texas
Graham
Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator for South Carolina
Lamborn
U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn
U.S. Representative for Colorado's 5th congressional district
Meadows
U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows
U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district
McMorris
U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
U.S. Representative for Washington’s 5th Congressional District
Prager
Dennis Prager
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker.
West
Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations


Kemp
Col. Richard Kemp
former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan
Chodoff
Elliot Chodoff
Political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Major in the IDF reserves.
Roth
Irving Roth
Holocaust survivor, writer and internationally-known educator
Kasim
Kasim Hafeez
CUFI Outreach Coordinator
Scott
Pastor Scott Thomas
CUFI Florida State Director and Lead Pastor at Free Life Chapel
Victor
Victor Styrsky
CUFI Eastern Regional Coordinator
Laura Ingraham
Laura Ingraham
American conservative television and radio talk show host
Peter
Reverend Peter De Jesus
CUFI Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
Washington
Dumisani Washington
CUFI Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Stakelbeck
Erick Stakelbeck
Host of CUFI’s weekly show, The Watchman, on TBN
Shari
Shari Dollinger
Co-Executive Director of CUFI
Diana Hagee
Diana Hagee
Co-Executive Director of CUFI
Brog
David Brog
CUFI’s Director of Strategic Affairs
Paolozzi
Alexandria Paolozzi
Director of Senate Outreach at CUFI Action Fund
Brim
Dr. Billye Brim
CUFI’s Region 5 Director and CEO of Billye Brim Ministries.
Hammond
Lynne Hammond
National Director of Daughters for Zion, CUFI’s Prayer Network.
Morrison
Cheryl Morrison
CUFI Region 3 Director - Director of Women’s Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel

 


 

Speakers Bios

 

David Brog is the executive director of the Maccabee Task Force, an effort launched in 2015 to combat the anti-Israel BDS movement. He’s also Director of Strategic Affairs for Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and serves on CUFI’s Executive Board. Before CUFI, Brog worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has also worked as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel and Philadelphia, PA. Brog is the author of Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (2006) and In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity (2010). In 2007, the Forward newspaper listed Brog in its "Forward 50" most influential Jews in America. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Dr. Billye Brim is CUFI’s Region 5 Director and CEO of Billye Brim Ministries which includes Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks and the soon-to-be-built Migdal Arbel Prayer and Study Center in Israel. A renowned teacher on prayer, Billye has authored The Blood and the Glory and The Road to Prayer Mountain.

Elliot Chodoff is a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Elliot is a major in the IDF reserves and is a graduate of the Home Front Command Senior Commanders Course. He presently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Population for the Northern Region of Israel in Home Front Command. In that capacity, he served on active duty in the North for five weeks during the Lebanon War of 2006. He also served in Gush Katif during the Gaza Disengagement in the summer of 2005 and in 2004 he was a member of the rescue team in the aftermath of the bombing of the Taba Hilton. In addition, he is an expert in infantry weapons and tactics, and teaches courses in field craft and small unit tactics to infantry and paratroop officers. He was selected for the IDF Home Front Command Outstanding Officer Award in 2006.

Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. Tom’s committees include the Banking Committee, where he chairs the Economic Policy Subcommittee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee. Tom grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Tom left the law because of the September 11th attacks. Tom served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. Tom served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Tom served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Between the Army and the Senate, Tom worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the House of Representatives. Tom and his wife Anna have two sons, Gabriel and Daniel.

Senator Ted Cruz calling to public service has been inspired by his firsthand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted has been a tireless fighter for liberty because his family knows what it is like to lose it. As Solicitor General for the State of Texas and in private practice, Ted authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court, and won an unprecedented series of landmark national victories. He’s kept his promise to speak the truth and do what he said he’d do. Ted has proven to be the exact type of courageous conservative we need in the U.S. Senate. Ted, his wife Heidi, their two daughters Caroline and Catherine, and his entire family have been blessed to live the American Dream — the idea that anyone, through hard work and determination, can achieve anything. And he is committed to ensuring every family has that same opportunity.

Ron Dermer was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He earned a degree in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. For three years, he was a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
In 2004, Ron co-authored with Natan Sharansky the best-selling book, The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, which has been translated into ten languages. From 2005-2008, Ron served as Israel's Minister of Economic Affairs in the United States. From 2009-2013, he served as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rev. Peter De Jesus, born to parents from the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico, is an ordained minister of Cornerstone Church and ministers under the spiritual covering of Senior Pastor John Hagee and Executive Pastor Matthew Hagee. From 2008 to 2016, together with his wife Mildred, Peter served Cornerstone Church as youth pastor, college and career young adults pastor, pastoral counselor and evangelist. In 2017, Rev. De Jesus joined CUFI’s staff leadership as the National Hispanic Outreach Coordinator in addition to continuing the evangelistic ministry of De Jesus Ministries. Peter and Mildred are both Puerto Rican and bilingual, and they minister together throughout the U.S. and beyond. They and their three children reside in the greater Dallas, Texas area.

Shari Dollinger serves as the Co-Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Prior to this position, Shari was CUFI’s Associate Director for 11 years. Before CUFI, Shari served as the Assistant Director of The Donor Forum, as the Officer for Inter-Religious Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, and a Foreign Policy Research Associate at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Shari holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and Islamic/Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. At Brandies, Shari wrote her senior thesis on Christian Zionists’ Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy.

Senator Lindsey Graham is a man who understands firsthand what it takes to keep America and our allies safe. He spent 33 years serving as a lawyer in the US military, both in the Air Force and the Air National Guard, even after being elected to Congress. After first serving in the US House of Representatives for eight years, for the last 15 years Senator Graham has focused on national security and US foreign relations while representing South Carolina in the Senate. He has been a steadfast friend to Israel throughout his career, and has worked closely with CUFI for several years to strengthen the US-Israel relationship and defend both countries from our mutual enemies. As one of the most respected and influential foreign policy experts on Capitol Hill, Senator Graham sponsored the Taylor Force Act in 2017 and played a crucial role in getting that legislation passed through the Senate. During Operation Protective Edge, Senator Graham sponsored a Senate resolution expressing full support for Israel’s right to defend itself and condemning the Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli citizens. In addition, Senator Graham cosponsored a 2014 bill in the Senate seeking to prevent Hezbollah from receiving international financing as well as a bill in 2017 designed to oppose international attempts to inflict boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. Senator Lindsey Graham clearly recognizes the threats that Israel and the United States must face together and works tirelessly to ensure both countries have a secure future.

Pastor John Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members. Pastor Hagee is also founder and President of John Hagee Ministries (JHM), which telecasts his national radio and television teachings throughout America and around the world. In 2006, Pastor Hagee founded, and is the National Chairman of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) which has grown to become the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with over 1.6 million members and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. Pastor Hagee is the author of 34 books including five New York Times best sellers.

Diana Hagee is the Co-Executive Director of Christians United for Israel and the wife of Pastor John Hagee, founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Ambassador Nikki Haley is the 29th and current United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She served as the 116th governor of South Carolina and is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina and the second Indian-American, after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal, to serve as a governor in the United States.

Lynne Hammond is the National Director of Daughters for Zion, CUFI’s Prayer Network. Lynne is a teacher and author on prayer. Lynne and her husband Mac pastor Living Word Christian Center and are CUFI Region 8 Directors and members of CUFI’s Executive Board.

Kasim Hafeez is a British citizen of Pakistani Muslim heritage who grew up being exposed to radical Anti-Western, Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel ideas on a daily basis. During his teenage years Kasim embraced a radical Islamist ideology and became very active in the anti-Israel movement. Thankfully Alan Dershowitz’s book ‘The Case for Israel’ challenged Kasim’s fundamental beliefs and caused him to undertake a period of research and reflection that led him to Israel in 2007. Witnessing the true nature of the Jewish state changed Kasim’s perception of Israel. He felt a moral obligation to publically speak out for Israel and the dangers of radical Islam. He has spoken all over the world including the 2013 Global Forum on Combatting Anti-Semitism. Kasim has appeared on radio and television and print media.

Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations - the coordinating body for 50 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, and as the Executive Director of the Greater New York conference on Soviet Jewry. Hoenlein has traveled throughout the world meeting with and advising world leaders and Jewish communities. He has written and lectured across the U.S. and abroad on a host of issues of concern to the Jewish and pro-Israel community.

Laura Ingraham is the most-listened-to woman in political talk radio and editor-in-chief and founder of LifeZette, the new political and lifestyle website.  Ingraham is heard on hundreds of stations across America and is a regular contributor on Fox News Channel. A provocative author of five books, including the #1 New York Times best sellers Power to the People and The Obama Diaries, she is one of the nation’s most respected voices on politics and the culture. Ingraham is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and the University of Virginia Law School, and served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States.  Ingraham’s a mom of three young children—all adopted—and a passionate advocate for both domestic and international adoption efforts. She and her family reside in Washington, DC—but don’t hold that against her. 

Colonel Richard Justin Kemp, former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan. Col. Kemp served in the British Army from 1977 to 2006. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe. After retiring from the army, Kemp turned to writing. His first book, Attack State Red is an account of the 2007 campaign undertaken by the Royal Anglian Regiment, documenting their initial deployment and trials in Afghanistan. Attack State Red was listed as a bestseller in the Sunday Times, two weeks after initial release.

U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2006 to represent Colorado’s Fifth District. Additionally Doug serves on the Strategic Forces and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee. Doug also serves as the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans. Throughout his time in public service, Doug has been a leader on pro-family and small business issues, a strong advocate for our veterans and our military, and a supporter of lower taxes, immigration reform, less government spending, and protection of the Second Amendment. Doug is married to Jeanie, his wife of 41 years and they have five children.

U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows is in his third term in Congress and has been serving North Carolina's Eleventh District since January of 2013. Congressman Meadows serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where he Chairs the Subcommittee on Government Operations. He also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In November of 2016, Congressman Meadows was elected Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly 40 conservative Members of Congress dedicated to giving a voice to those who feel forgotten by their government. In addition to fighting for conservative values, Congressman Meadows is also dedicated to providing top-notch constituent services to North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District and is committed to upholding his Christian values and conservative principles while serving in Congress. Mark and his wife, Debbie, have two adult children, Blake and Haley.

U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, and the longest-serving woman in Republican leadership. She has served the people of Eastern Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005, and now holds the fourth-highest position in the House as the Chair of the Republican Conference. During her tenure, Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers has cosponsored several bills to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship and defend against our mutual enemies. She cosponsored the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, the Iran Accountability Act of 2016, both the Combating BDS Act of 2016 and the Israel Anti-Boycott Act of 2017, as well as the Taylor Force Act that was at the top of CUFI’s agenda and became law this year. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers is a proven friend to Israel and respected ally of Christians United for Israel.

Cheryl Morrison is the Director of Women’s Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel. Cheryl and her husband George pastor in Arvada, CO and are CUFI Region 3 Directors.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Jerusalem. In 1993 Mr. Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman and served as leader of the opposition until being elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1996. After the completion of his term as Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu served as a business consultant to Israeli hi-tech companies and was a popular speaker on the global lecture circuit. In 2002 Mr. Netanyahu returned to politics, first as Minister of Foreign Affairs and then, in the course of 2003, as Minister of Finance. In 2009, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the second time.

Alexandria Paolozzi is the Director of Senate Outreach at CUFI Action Fund. Her passion and desire is to influence policy through writing, collaboration, legislative analysis, and advocacy. Paolozzi previously worked as a litigation paralegal at an international law firm, prior she was the Senate Legislative Director and Issue Specialist on Israel for Concerned Women for America and also represents the organization as a CWA Fellow. Alexandria is a member of The American Enterprise Institute Values & Capitalism Ideas Council, and the Resident Director for the Liberty University Washington Fellowship Program. Paolozzi holds an undergraduate degree in Government and Public Policy from Liberty University and is currently working on her Masters in Public Policy: International Affairs.

Dennis Prager is an American conservative and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker.

Irving Roth is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York, and is the former education director of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Nassau County. An internationally known educator, Mr. Roth has endeavored to teach people about the Holocaust and the lessons that can be learned from that experience. Through his participation in programs such as Adopt A Survivor, in which young people ‘adopt’ a Holocaust survivor and learn of his or her experiences, and the March of the Living, Mr. Roth has worked to ensure that an atrocity like the Holocaust never happens again. Many people throughout his community owe their knowledge of the Holocaust to Mr. Roth. Mr. Roth has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work promoting a more accepting and diverse world. It is his life’s mission to make the world a better place that has earned Mr. Roth the Spirit of Anne Frank Award.

Pastor Scott Thomas has served as full-time church/pastoral leadership since 1991 and has been a passionate advocate for Christian-Jewish Solidarity for the last twenty-three years. He is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Florida.

Erick Stakelbeck is the host of CUFI’s weekly show, The Watchman, a news magazine-style program that offers commentary, analysis, on-the-ground reporting, and interviews with top American and Israeli decision makers that airs on TBN. Stakelbeck has interviewed numerous lawmakers and world leaders as well as radical Islamic terrorists. Stakelbeck has authored three critically acclaimed books on radical Islam his latest, ISIS Exposed. Stakelbeck has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on leading national television and radio programs and his writings have appeared in numerous publications.

Pastor Victor Styrsky has been a pastor, music director, and pro-Israel activist in Northern California for more than thirty years, and is the author of “Honest to God — The 10 Questions Jews Ask Christians.” Pastor Styrsky is Christians United for Israel’s Eastern Regional Coordinator, having assumed this position after serving several years as CUFI’s California Director. He is a frequent speaker at AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, college campuses, synagogues, churches and other pro-Israel organizations across the nation.

Dumisani Washington is a pastor, composer, author and music teacher in Northern California. Dumisani’s Israel journey began in the early 1990s in a quest to better understand the roots of his Christian faith. The trek became cultural as he studied the Jewish Diaspora and became intrigued by Israel’s multi-ethnic identity; and the return of the Diaspora from Ethiopia, India/Burma, Kaifeng and the world. Dumisani’s first book, ZIONISM & THE BLACK CHURCH: Why Standing With Israel Will Be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century was released September 2014. Dumisani’s production company (June 25th Music) first album, The Hebrew Project, Vol. 1: From Beyond the Rivers, is a musical/cultural stand with the nation of Israel Dumisani is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and director of The Zion Academy of Music in Stockton, CA. Dumisani is senior pastor of the Congregation of Zion in Stockton. He and his wife, Valerie, have been married for 26 years, and have six children ages 14 to 25.

 

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