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2012 Washington Summit Speakers
Sgt. Benjamin Anthony (IDF. Res.), is a combat veteran and reservist in the Israel Defense Forces. Specializing as a heavy machine gunner, Sgt. Anthony has taken a full and front line role in several of Israel's most recent campaigns to defend its citizens in the face of new age terrorist activity. He has served in large operations both within and beyond Israel's borders. Since his release from full time service, Sgt. Anthony has established an organization - Our Soldiers Speak – a non-for-profit - non-governmental body that has one aim, clear and singular - to bring the proud truth of Israel's soldiers from the front lines of combat to the English speaking world, wherever and whenever audience is granted. A graduate of the University of Manchester, UK, and a believer in the importance of clear verbal communication, Sgt. Anthony specializes in bringing his message to the campuses of North America where he convenes lectures for both the pro. and anti-Israel elements of those student communities.To date, Benjamin Anthony has spoken at more than 220 campuses including some of the most prestigious seats of learning anywhere in the world. Previous platforms include Harvard university, Yale College, Cornell University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Emory, Duke and many others. His work has been undertaken in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South Africa and Israel. He has addressed several hundred public high schools as well as scores of Jewish communities of all denominations.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. In 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.
David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. David is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library-museum of tens of thousands of original writings, documents, and artifacts from early America. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year. His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues. He serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, has been involved in the development of social studies standards for numerous states, and has helped produce some popular history textbooks now used in schools across the nation. A national news organization has described him as “America’s historian,” and Time Magazine called him “a hero to millions – including some powerful politicians.” In fact, Time Magazine named him as one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals. David has received numerous national and international awards, including Who’s Who in Education, DAR’s Medal of Honor, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval. David and his wife Cheryl reside in Aledo, Texas, and they have three grown children, Damaris, Timothy, and Stephen.
Gary Bauer is the President of American Values. Bauer is a leading Christian advocate for a strong and secure Israel. Since the atrocities of September 11th, Bauer has devoted considerable time and energy to strengthening the shared values of the Israeli/American alliance. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. While serving at the Education Department, Bauer was named Chairman of President Reagan's Special Working Group on the Family. His report, "The Family: Preserving America's Future," was presented to the President in December 1986. Completing his service in the Reagan White House in late 1988, Gary Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family.
Rev. Billye Brim is CUFI's Region Five Director and CEO of Billye Brim's Ministry. Her life has been blessed and enriched by close association with people wholly given to God, particularly in prayer, who were a part of the move of the Holy Spirit in the twentieth century. After a twenty-year "knowing" that she is to work with and help people of prayer, she found direction in the developing of Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks—a 200+ acre-site near Branson, Missouri (including log cabins nestled in the woods for people to stay for times of individual prayer). In 1986, after her husband, Kent, moved to Heaven, she went to Israel to study Hebrew. In 2000, the ministry purchased property in Migdal, Israel (the home of Mary Magdalene). The purpose: a Hebrew Study Center with Jews and Christians working together. Billye Brim's ministry has traversed the globe through thousands of audio and video teaching materials. She is the author of two books: The Blood and the Glory and The Road to Prayer Mountain.
David Brog is the Executive Director of Christians United for Israel. He 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 served 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.
Steven Emerson, is an American journalist and author, who writes about national security, terrorism, and Islamic extremism. Emerson is the author of six books, and co-author of two more. His television documentary Jihad in America won the 1994 George Polk Award for best Television Documentary, and top prize for best investigative reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is also the Executive Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a data-gathering center on Islamist groups. Emerson frequently testifies before Congressional committees on al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.
Ari Fleischer was the primary spokesperson for President Bush and delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In his almost four years working for George W. Bush, he served as spokesman during the historic presidential recount, September 11, two wars and the anthrax attack. His best selling book, Taking Heat, details his years in the White House and reached #7 on the New York Times best-seller list. Prior to joining Governor Bush’s campaign, Mr. Fleischer was the national spokesman and communications director for Elizabeth Dole’s presidential campaign. In November 1994, Mr. Fleischer was hired as communications director by the House Committee on Ways and Means after Republicans took control of the Congress. He also served as press secretary to New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici from 1989 to 1994. From 1983 to 1989, Fleischer served as press secretary to two members of Congress from New York, and worked on several political campaigns. Mr. Fleischer is a native of Pound Ridge, New York, and a 1982 graduate of Vermont’s Middlebury College. Now president of his own firm, Ari Fleischer Communications Inc. – a firm that provides advice to corporations and sports organizations on how to handle the press, he resides in Westchester County with his wife, Becki, and their two children.
Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gaffney contributes actively to the security policy debate in his capacity as a weekly columnist for the Washington Times and JewishWorldReview.com and he appears often on national and international television and radio news programs. In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations. He acted in that capacity for seven months during which time, he was the Chairman of the prestigious High Level Group, NATO's senior politico-military committee. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings. From August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle. From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower (R-Texas). In the latter 1970's, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.
Pastor John Hagee is the Founder and National Chairman, Christians United for Israel, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church, and President and CEO, John Hagee Ministries. Pastor John C. Hagee has built a ministry on straightforward Bible teaching and preaching, and unwavering support for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. John Hagee Ministries occupies a 50,000 square-foot production center which houses both radio and television studios, 100 telephone prayer partners, and a vast distribution center. Currently, Hagee telecasts on eight major networks, 162 independent television stations, and 51 radio stations throughout the globe broadcasting in over 190 nations. In addition to founding the global media ministry Pastor Hagee is the author of 21 major books the latest being Jerusalem Countdown which made the USA Today's best seller list. Many of his books have been best sellers with one, The Beginning of the End, reaching the New York Times best sellers list.
Pastor Matthew Hagee is the sixth generation to carry the mantel of Gospel ministry in the Hagee family. He began preaching at 17 years of age and is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. He serves as the Executive Pastor of the 20,000 member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas where he partners with his father, founder Pastor John Hagee to minister to the needs of the church body. On October 4, 2003, Matthew married Kendal Elizabeth Young together they minister to equip the church of tomorrow how to live the victorious life of the believer. They have been blessed with two children, Hannah Rose Hagee born April 16, 2005 and John William Hagee born January 31, 2007.
Lynne Hammond is CUFI's Daughters for Zion Director. She travels internationally as a teacher and author on the subject of prayer. She regularly writes articles in Winner's Way magazine and publishes a newsletter called PrayerNotes for people of prayer. Her books include Whispers From the Secret Place, Heaven's Power for the Harvest, Staying Faith, When It's Time for a Miracle, Living in God's Presence, Dare to Be Free, and The Master Is Calling workbook. In addition, Lynne's other books, The Master Is Calling, Renewed in His Presence, Secrets to Powerful Prayer, and When Healing Doesn't Come Easily, have been translated into several different languages. Lynne's husband, Mac is the pastor of Living Word Christian Center and CUFI Region 8 Director.
Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body on international Jewish concerns for 50 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, the central coordinating agency for Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. Prior to that, he was the founding Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. Mr. Hoenlein has traveled throughout the world meeting with world leaders and Jewish communities. He has written and lectured across the US and abroad on international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, Soviet and World Jewry, terrorism, the American Jewish community, and intergroup relations. Mr. Hoenlein serves as an advisor to many public officials and is frequently consulted on public policy issues. He appears regularly in the media. Mr. Hoenlein meets regularly with world leaders and has visited with them across the globe.
Pastor Steven Khoury. Author, renowned speaker, TV personality and religious writer for the largest Arabic newspaper in the Holy Land (Al-Quds), Pastor Steven Khoury shepherds the largest Arab Evangelical church in Israel and the Palestinian territories. His transformation from a boy involved in the first intifada with Israel turned believer is a message for all to hear. Preaching the message of Christianity to Arabs in the region has often put him in the most precarious situations, making his church a target of retaliation over the years. Even such, Pastor Steven Khoury has made it his mission to be on the forefront in reconciliation between Jews and Arabs. His educational background is in ministry with a Bachelors of Science in Pastoral Ministry and Basic Masters in Theology. He is an affiliate with the BBFI, a member of the National Christian Foundation, and a part of the Premiere Speakers Member.
Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the U.S., founded in 1897. He is a member of the National Council of AIPAC. Mr. Klein is widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish activists in the United States. He is a child of Holocaust survivors, born in a displaced persons camp in Gunzberg, Germany.
Senator Joseph Lieberman is now in his fourth and final term representing Connecticut in the United States Senate. He is perhaps best known as the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000. More than that, he is a national leader who works across party lines to find common ground, who speaks his conscience, and who gets things done for Connecticut and the country. That reputation is based on a long and distinguished record. Senator Lieberman is one of Congress's most influential voices on security issues. He was the Senate's leading champion of legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security to better protect the nation from terrorist attacks. He has been at the forefront of efforts not only to increase our investment in defense, but to transform our armed forces to better meet the threats of the 21st Century. Senator Lieberman has been a strong and consistent advocate for using America's military might to defend America's interests and values when they are seriously endangered. Senator Lieberman is Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security and assuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Federal Government. In addition, he is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Airland and sits on the Personnel and Seapower Subcommittees; and the Small Business Committee. Senator Lieberman lives in Stamford and Washington with his wife Hadassah. Together they are the proud parents of four children and eleven grandchildren.
Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, created immediately following the 9/11 attacks on the United States. In the decade during which he has lead the organization, FDD has become one of the nation’s most highly regarded policy institutes and a sought-after voice on a wide range of national security issues. Under Cliff’s direction, FDD has assembled a staff and advisory board of the most compelling scholars and experts whose ideas and research have helped shape important policies on terrorism, radical Islamism and democratization
Jeff Mendelsohn serves as AIPAC's National Outreach Director. He works at AIPAC's national headquarters in Washington, DC where he leads AIPAC's initiative to promote pro-Israel activism among leading members of the Hispanic, African-American, and pro-Israel Christian communities in congressional districts and states across the nation. Jeff brings to AIPAC a long history of public service, political activism, and community outreach. An honors graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Jeff took time from his studies to be a pro-Israel activist on campus. He began his legal career as a clerk to a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and went on to work as a corporate litigator at Arnold & Porter in New York City for 3 years. Pursuing his passion for public service, Jeff spent the next 12 years in the United States House of Representatives as the chief of staff to two Texas congressmen, Frank Tejeda and Ciro D. Rodriguez.
Jonathan Miller is the former two-term elected Kentucky State Treasurer, the author of the critically-acclaimed The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to Unite America, and the recently released The Liberal Case for Israel: Debunking Eight Lies About the Jewish State; the founder of the bi-partisan political blog, The Recovering Politician, the co-founder of the grassroots movement, No Labels, and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. In his nearly two decades of public service, Miller also held several other senior positions in state and federal government, including serving in Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Cabinet as Secretary of Finance and Administration, as Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Energy, as Legislative Director for Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN), and as a longtime aide to Vice President Al Gore. Miller waded knee-deep in the political muck from an early age, founding Students for Gore for President in 1988, reviving College Democrats of America in 1989, serving as a Deputy Political Director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 presidential campaign, chairing the Kentucky Democratic Party in 2007, and running successfully twice for State Treasurer (1999, 2003), and unsuccessfully for Congress (1998) and Governor (2007). In April 2011, Miller left the political arena to join the private sector. He serves as Senior Adviser to Wellford Energy, a firm dedicated to helping develop and finance affordable clean energy technologies across the country and in Israel, and he practices law at the Lexington office of Frost Brown Todd, a full-service law firm with offices in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana.
Cheryl Morrison is the director of Women's Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel, a 4,000 member non-denominational church in Arvada, Colorado. She is the director of The International Singers and Dancers, a performing group from FBC that travels annually to Israel to show support and unconditional love to the nation of Israel and the Jewish People. Cheryl has been to Israel over 40 times. She taught a course on Judeo-Christian Perspectives at Rocky Mountain Bible Institute, and teaches Israel related courses at Faith Bible Chapel's lay college, Faith Bible Institute.
Randy Neal serves as the Western Regional Coordinator for Christians United For Israel, working with Christian leaders throughout the thirteen western states. Randy draws from years of experience developing and facilitating educational workshops that address the Biblical mandate to support Israel, church history, and political activism in the faith community. Randy has served as a leader and speaker for the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, and is a frequent speaker at churches, synagogues and pro-Israel events. His “Israel 101” and “Standing With Israel” events motivate and equip “non-activists” into becoming effective advocates for Israel. Randy and his wife Linda have a blended family of three boys, and reside in California.
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.
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.
Shlomo Riskin is the founder of the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation and the founding chief rabbi of Efrat. He is was the dean of Manhattan Day School in New York City; and the founder and dean of the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of high schools, colleges, and graduate Programs in the United States and Israel. He belongs to the Modern Orthodox stream of Judaism.
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine. Previously, he has served as a counterterrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He was also a Research Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.. Dr. Schanzer holds a BA from Emory University, a masters degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a doctorate from Kings College London. He also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2001. Dr. Schanzer publishes widely in the national press, has testified before Congress, and makes frequent appearances on television. He has traveled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories.
Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Rodfei Sholom for the last 40 years. Throughout the years Rabbi Scheinberg has developed a close relationship with all San Antonio rabbis and leaders and members of other synagogues. He is credited with the unity and peace that exists in the San Antonio Jewish community and has been instrumental in building bridges with the religious and civic communities with whom he works closely fostering respect for people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Rabbi Scheinberg is CUFI's rabbinic advisor. He is also a member of CUFI's Advisory Board which recommends allocations to humanitarian charities in Israel . He gives the invocation at the annual CUFI Summit in Washington, and at the annual San Antonio NTHI.
Jordan Sekulow is the Executive Director for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). He is the host of the Jordan Sekulow Show, a syndicated radio program that provides cutting analysis of today's political and legal landscape and regularly features elected officials and conservative leaders from across the U.S. and around the globe. He also serves as co-host, along with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, of the Jay Sekulow Live! radio broadcast and the ACLJ This Week television broadcast.
Erick Stakelbeck is a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News. He covers the global war on terror, U.S. national security, the Middle East and the growth of radical Islam at home and abroad for the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. Stakelbeck produces and reports feature stories for CBN's nationally televised news programs on issues such as Al-Qaeda's worldwide operations; Iran's nuclear program; the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; Hamas, Hezbollah and existential threats to Israel's security; and Islamic radicalism in the United States and Europe. Stakelbeck is also a regular contributor to Glenn Beck’s GBTV network, guest hosting the Glenn Beck Program and providing in-studio analysis and investigative reports. Stakelbeck’s book, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat was released on May 2, 2011 by Regnery Publishing.
Pastor Victor Styrsky, assumed CUFI's Eastern Regional Coordinator position after serving several years as CUFI's California Director. A Christian Zionist for over 30 years, Victor has been a frequent speaker at AIPAC, on college campuses, Zionist Organization of America, Eagles Wings, the Israel-Christian Nexus and other pro- Israel organizations across the nation. In 2007, Pastor Styrsky addressed the 25,000- person rally outside the United Nations in protest of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's appearance.
Sergeant Nadav Weinberg was born in Israel, moved to the United States as a child, and grew up in Seattle and Cleveland. Turning down an offer from Wall Street, he made Aliyah (immigration to Israel) and joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in November 2008. Sgt. Weinberg finished extensive training in the Orev Special Forces of the Nachal Brigade and was active throughout Israel, primarily in the West Bank. His unit was principally responsible for preventing terrorist attacks while maintaining peace in the region. Since his release from the IDF, Sgt. Weinberg has spoken at 40 universities and communities around the US, Canada, Israel, and Argentina, addressing the Ethics of the IDF. In addition, Sgt. Weinberg has presented with US Military officers on the ethics of modern warfare, helping to prepare US soldiers before their deployments. Sgt. Weinberg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University with degrees in Economics and Finance.
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