2019 WASHINGTON SUMMIT SPEAKERS
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United States Ambassador to Israel
Ambassador Friedman was nominated by President Trump on January 20, 2017 and sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Israel on March 29, 2017. He was the first bilateral ambassador to be confirmed in the Trump Administration. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Friedman was a nationally top-ranked attorney, and a founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman of New York, New York. He frequently represented high-profile clients in large and significant cases, and has published articles and lectured on novel and complex areas of law. Ambassador Friedman has played a lead role in negotiating multilateral disputes in some of the nation’s most complex business and financial restructurings. Well known for his excellent public speaking, negotiating and interpersonal skills, he has been active for decades in U.S. policy as it relates to Israel and the Middle East. He speaks and reads Hebrew and has traveled to Israel extensively.
United States Secretary of State
Michael R. Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. That month, CUFI had launched a campaign in support of Pompeo’s nomination, and our members sent over 60,000 emails to Senate offices expressing their support. Pompeo previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, he was serving in his fourth term as congressman from Kansas’ 4th District where he was the lead sponsor of H.R. 4815 (114th): Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act of 2016. Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the US Army’s Fourth Infantry Division. Throughout this time, Pompeo has been a consistent supporter of Israel’s right to self-determination and security.
Pastor John Hagee
CUFI Executive Board, Founder and National Chairman, Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church
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.
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Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
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.
Radio Talk Show Host, Columnist, and Author
Dennis Prager is one of America’s best known nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts and has appeared on numerous national television programs. His latest venture, Prager University, is a virtual university on the Internet with five minute courses on political science, history, religion, and life. As a friend of CUFI, he has used Prager University’s massive social media platform to partner with CUFI in making videos exposing the truth about Palestinian refugees, terrorism, and anti-Semitism.
Holocaust survivor, writer and internationally-known educator
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.
Voices of Lee,
Directed by Danny Murray
2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Voices of Lee from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Led by Founding Director Danny Murray, this 15-member group is characterized by their unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, along with high energy contemporary a cappella arrangements of several genres. They have captivated audiences worldwide, performing at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and have been featured performers for Christmas at the White House in Washington D.C. Their convention appearances have taken them from Israel to Ontario and numerous U.S. cities, including many of the nation’s great churches. The ensemble was propelled into the international spotlight on the debut season of NBC’s Sing-Off, a competition for a cappella groups. Out of thousands of auditions, Voices of Lee was selected as one of eight groups to compete and was featured on four primetime NBC network episodes. After nationwide voting, the Voices of Lee finished as second runner-up in the Sing-Off. Most recently, Voices of Lee was voted 2018 “Favorite Collegiate Group,” “Favorite Religious Group,” and “Favorite Video” by the International A Cappella Music Awards’ voting audience.
ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS INCLUDE