CUFI SUMMIT 2020 IS GOING VIRTUAL!
Please join us on June 28-30th for this dynamic gathering as we demonstrate solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people.
CUFI is assembling high-level Israeli and American elected officials as well as internationally recognized Middle East experts and analysts to address you in the convenience of your home or office.
Our pro-Israel lobbying efforts will occur digitally. Through email and social media, we will express to our Members of Congress that millions of Christians in our nation stand with Israel. Look for an Action Alert on Tuesday, June 30th that will cover the policy items we are supporting at this year’s Summit.
DON’T MISS THIS AMAZING 3-DAY VIRTUAL EVENT
Please join us as we fulfill our biblical mandate to speak up on behalf of and stand watch over the Jewish people as watchmen on the walls in this pivotal period of history.
Current partners are invited to register to attend the following special briefings on Monday:
- City of David Virtual Tour with Ze'ev Orenstein
- The Rising Threat of Anti-Semitism
- Middle East Briefing
CUFI partners interested in participating in these additional sessions, please register by clicking the button below.
If you are not a current CUFI partner, you can still attend the above briefings at a cost of $25. If you are interested in doing so, please register by clicking the button below.
2020 CUFI Virtual Summit Speakers
Hear from leading policy-makers and Israel & Middle East experts from around the world.
Pastor John Hagee
Founder and National Chairman of CUFI, CUFI Executive Board, 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 Hagee Ministries (HM), 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 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.
Diplomat, businesswoman, author, and Politician
Nikki Haley served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations for the first two years of the Trump administration, and previously served as Governor of South Carolina. During her post at the UN, she was known for her unwavering commitment to protecting America’s interests in the world, and her impassioned defense of Israel. As Governor, Haley signed the country’s first anti-BDS legislation into law. CUFI was privileged to welcome Ambassador Haley to speak at the 2018 Washington Summit, and we are thrilled to hear from her again this year at our Virtual Summit.
Ambassador David Friedman
US Ambassador to Israel
Ambassador David 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.
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Israel's Ambassador to the United States
Ron Dermer, an American-born Israeli political consultant and diplomat, has served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United States since October 2013. During his tenure in Washington, Ambassador Dermer has worked closely with CUFI leadership to strengthen support for Israel among American Christians. He opposed the misguided Iran Nuclear Deal, which has made Israel and America less safe, and encouraged President Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. He has appeared five times at the CUFI Washington Summit on behalf of the State of Israel.
Senator Marco Rubio
US Senator Florida
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) - is the Chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees. Sen. Rubio is a stalwart supporter of Israel, having sponsored multiple bills to strengthen the US-Israel relationship and protect Israel against those who seek to destroy her. Sen. Rubio has taken a leadership role in fighting the BDS movement. He is the lead sponsor of the US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020 (S. 3176) and was one of the original cosponsors of the recently passed Never Again Education Act.
Junior Senator from Tennessee
Marsha Blackburn is the junior senator from Tennessee who sits on several key Senate committees including the Senate Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Though only recently elected to the Senate, she previously served the people of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2002. Throughout her career in Washington, Blackburn has been a strong supporter of the US-Israel relationship. She was an early cosponsor of the recently passed Never Again Education Act, and has used her position to raise issues with the Administration aimed at countering anti-Israel business practices and Iranian censorship of the Iranian people.
Lt. Col. (IDF) Jonathan Conricus
International Spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces
Lt. Col. (IDF) Jonathan Conricus is the international spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces. Known for his articulate style and diplomatic demeanor, Conricus is one of Israel’s finest warriors on one of the country’s most pivotal battlegrounds: the international media. During his first post with the IDF, Conricus served in the army’s elite Givate infantry brigade. A great defender of Israel and a true friend to CUFI, he has appeared numerous times in CUFI-produced content, including on CUFI’s weekly newsmagazine show, The Watchman.
Ambassador Danny Danon
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Danny Danon is Israel’s 17th Permanent Representative to the United Nations. With over twenty years of experience representing Israel overseas and within the public sector, Ambassador Danon has developed a reputation as one of Israel’s most ardent defenders. Prior to assuming his role as UN ambassador, Danon served in the 18th, 19th, and 20th Knessets. From 2013-2014, Danon served as Deputy Minister of Defense, where he headed the Social Welfare and the Reserves departments. In 2015, Danon was appointed Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology. Prior to serving in the Knesset, Danon was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a member of the Executive Board of the World Zionist Organization, where he led efforts to combat Antisemitism. Danon also previously served as a representative of the Jewish Agency in Miami, where he promoted Israel advocacy to the community and on campuses. Ambassador Danon has contributed to leading publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has made regular appearances in international media outlets including CNN and Fox News.
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.
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.
CEO Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
William Daroff is the CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He formerly served as the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington office of the Jewish Federations of North America. Darooff is known in Washington and throughout the pro-Israel community for his professionalism and ability to build bridges, and he has been a long-time friend of CUFI. Daroff received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History, Master's Degree in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also studied at Kraków, Poland's Jagiellonian University, where he received a certificate in the history of Eastern European Jewry and The Holocaust.
Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Bonnie Glick is the Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Glick previously served as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, serving tours of duty in Africa, Central America and at the United Nations.
Holocaust survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York
Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor, is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York. He is also 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, an annual education program which brings students from around the world to Poland where they explore the remnants of the Holocaust, 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.
Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg
CUFI Rabinical Advisory Board
Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg has been the spiritual leader of San Antonio’s Congregation Rodfei Sholom for nearly 50 years and has stood beside Pastor Hagee in an effort to build between the Christian and Jewish communities since the first Night to Honor Israel more than 30 years ago. Rabbi Scheinberg is the Chair of the Rabbinical Advisory Board and also acts as advisor to Pastor Hagee and Hagee Ministry’s annual charitable donations. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Conference of Christians & Jews (NCCJ) “Brotherhood-Sisterhood Humanitarian Award” and also the 2003 United Jewish Communities “Rabbinical Award.” He has been honored as “Man of The Year” by the State of Israel Bonds. In 2018, the Foreign Ministry of Israel together with the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding bestowed upon Rabbi Scheinberg with a special award for his pioneering work in Jewish-Christian relations.
Co-Executive Director of CUFI
Diana Hagee is the wife of Pastor John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Diana serves as Co-Executive Director of Christians United for Israel, which Pastor Hagee founded in 2006.
She coordinates special events for Hagee Ministries and Cornerstone Church, and assists in leading the Women's Ministries at Cornerstone Church.
Diana is the author of the best-selling book The King's Daughter, which was awarded the Retailers Choice Award, The King’s Daughter Workbook, Ruth, the Romance of Redemption A Love Story, Hannah’s Song: What Love Looks Like and Not by Bread Alone, a cookbook encouraging creative ministry through food as well as a book she co-authored with her husband entitled, What Every Man Wants in a Woman—What Every Woman Wants in a Man”.
She was presented the prestigious Lion of Judah award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston for the long-standing work she and Pastor Hagee do on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. Diana holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She and Pastor John Hagee have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Chairman of the Board at CUFI Action Fund
A native of San Antonio, Texas Sandra Parker has been practicing law for over a decade and specializes in non-profit law. Before her career as In-House Counsel, Sandra practiced corporate and non-profit law for Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski and Agather LLP where she was chosen a “Top Lawyer” by her peers and featured in S.A. Scene in 2013. Mrs. Parker currently serves as Chairman of the Board of CUFI Action Fund, the political arm of the over 5 million member Christians United for Israel.
Co-Executive Director of CUFI
Shari Dollinger is the Co-Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, with over 6 million members. 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.
Advisor to U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman
Aryeh Lightstone, formerly Regional Director of New York NCSY, was appointed in April 2017 to serve as advisor to U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman. A graduate of Yeshiva University who received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Rabbi Lightstone has been fully engaged in all forms of communal work. Rabbi Lightstone founded Aleph Beta Academy, the JUMP Leadership initiative, Jerusalem Ambassadors, and Friday Night Lights which are all ongoing international and successful programs. In addition to running NCSY in the New York area, Rabbi Lightstone developed the first mainstream Jewish college credit program for unaffiliated high school students from across North America.
Director of International Affairs for the City of David Foundation
Ze’ev Orenstein is the Director of International Affairs for the City of David Foundation, where he is responsible for strengthening the awareness of and support for the City of David, the site of ancient, biblical Jerusalem, among those who shape public opinion.
To do this, Orenstein works closely with members of the international media, foreign dignitaries, politicians, academics, NGO’s, think tanks, Hollywood producers and celebrities, and film production companies.
Before he joined the City of David Foundation, Orenstein served as a Senior Educator and Manager of Israel Education Initiatives with Jerusalem U, and prior to that, he worked with The David Project, where he delivered lectures and workshops for thousands of students and developed cutting edge resources on the subjects of Israel in Jewish identity and the Israel-Arab conflict.
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer
Senior Vice President for Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer is Senior Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a leading foreign policy think-tank. He is also on the leadership team of FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power. A sought-after public speaker, Schanzer has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and studied Middle East history in four countries. He earned his PhD from King’s College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the U.S. Congress and its efforts to combat terrorism in the 20th century. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew. Schanzer previously worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. He testifies often before Congress and communicates widely in the American and international media.
Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
Paul Teller is a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs where he continuously works to unite outside groups with officials at the highest level of our government. Teller previously served as Chief of Staff for Sen. Ted Cruz and as the Executive Director of the House of Representatives Republican Study Committee. Teller has been a consistent friend to CUFI helping to ensure our policy perspective is heard by the Administration.
Dr. Kenneth Stein
Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Political Science
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein is Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Political Science, as well as the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel at Emory University and the Founding President of the Center for Israel Education (CIE) in Atlanta. He has taught at Emory since 1977 and in 2006 was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University. His scholarship focuses on the origins and development of modern Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and US relations with Israel and the Arab world. Two of his works remain standards in their fields, The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939 (1984) and Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (1999). During the last decade, he has led dozens of Israel enrichment workshops and seminars reaching more than 2200 pre-collegiate Jewish teachers and rabbis, reaching some 360,000 students in North and South America. He completed advanced graduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earned his graduate degrees at the University of Michigan.
Senior Advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)
Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). From 2004 to 2014, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving as deputy chief of staff and senior foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois. From 2015 to 2017, he served as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs and later chief of staff for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.
As a staff associate for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, Goldberg was a leader in efforts to expand U.S. missile defense cooperation with Israel and played a key role in U.S. funding for the Arrow-3 program, Iron Dome, and the deployment of an advanced missile defense radar to the Negev Desert.
In the Senate, Goldberg was the lead Republican negotiator for three rounds of sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran, the SWIFT financial messaging service, and entire sectors of the Iranian economy. Goldberg also drafted and negotiated legislation promoting human rights and democracy in Iran, including sanctions targeting entities that provide the Iranian regime with the tools of repression.
As the governor’s chief of staff, Goldberg spearheaded the first-ever state legislation to divest public pension funds from companies engaged in boycotts of Israel, which sparked a nationwide initiative in state capitols around America.
Director, CUFI The Watchman Project
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 and The Fox Business Network. 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.
CUFI's Middle East Anyalist
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.
National Director of Daughters for Zion, CUFI’s Prayer Network
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.
Dr. Billye Brim
CUFI’s Region 5 Director and CEO of Billye Brim Ministries
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.
CUFI Region 3 Director - Founder of Truth and Life Ministries
Cheryl Morrison has a passion to teach biblical truth and to educate Christians to love and stand with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. She led the Israel Outreach and Women’s Ministry at Faith Bible Chapel for over 30 years and has led more than 50 tours to Israel. Pastor George and Cheryl were honored by the Jewish National Fund Rocky Mountain Region with the National Community Service Award. Cheryl and her husband are CUFI Region 3 Directors and are founders of Truth and Life Ministries.
A MOVEMENT FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
“When Christians get unified for a particular cause that’s in harmony with the Word and will of God, God will open the winds of heaven and bless you with blessings that cannot be contained.”
- Pastor John Hagee, CUFI Founder & Chairman
"It is the biblical mandate for all believers to stand up for Zion’s sake,
speak out for Israel, and defend the Jewish people."
- Pastor John Hagee, CUFI Founder & Chairman
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent
CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in America
Over 8 million members STRONG
When you speak up - online or in person - your elected officials listen.
Communicate with your Members of Congress
ISRAEL’S FUTURE STARTS HERE
Christian students will leave as inspired advocates for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem - and take this message to their College campuses all across the nation.
The scholarship is an all-inclusive package which includes:
- 4 Nights in Washington DC
- Travel Costs up to $450
- Student Advocacy Training Day
- Personalized meeting with your represented officials on Capitol Hill
- Admittance to CUFI’s National Summit
- Admittance to CUFI’s annual Night to Honor Israel
I have always felt I didn’t know my purpose for the Lord’s work. I do now. It’s Israel. — Dennis B, Balloway, OH
CUFI Summit is the ultimate opportunity to be an effective activist for Israel. CUFI's record of results shows that we are keeping our nation's heart turned towards Israel, and in ways that really count. — Mike M, Nashville, TN
Summer's best 3 days are always the CUFI DC Summit! It provides wonderful fellowship and education. — Kathy S, Virginia Beach, VA
HERE IS WHAT YOU HAVE MISSED AT PREVIOUS WASHINGTON DC SUMMITS
You can influence the influencers
2018 CUFI Summit Highlights
2018 National Night to Honor Israel with Keynote speaker Nikki Haley
2018 CUFI Summit - Opening Session
2017 CUFI Summit - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Live Via Satellite)
Vice President Mike Pence
at the 2017 CUFI Summit
2017 CUFI D.C. Summit - Bishop Keith Butler, Capitol Hill