The Tenth Annual Greater Rochester Night To Honor Israel

As forces aim to destabilize the Middle East and spread terror worldwide, there has never been an more important time to stand with Israel.  Please mark your calendar and encourage everyone to attend the Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel.

When: Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Where: Bethel Christian Fellowship (321 East Avenue, Rochester NY)

Local representatives and community leaders will join with the greater Rochester community as we demonstrate our unwavering support for Israel.  Additional details of this event will be posted soon.

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Now is the Time to Stand with Israel

By  60776_4605409656052_1705843199_nLori M. Sousa (Associate Director of CUFI Region 10)

More than at any previous time in history we need you to partner with us in our 8th annual Night to Honor Israel on March 30, 2014, which is an initiative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). The aim of CUFI has always been to stand for Israel and to encourage our leaders in Congress and the Senate to do the same.

Historically our nation’s uncontested bi-partisan support for Israel has been unwavering. It is simple — the United States has stood with Israel because its values align with our own: Israel stands as a beacon of hope, freedom, democracy and life, in a region of the world where hope is failing, oppression is cloaked as democracy, and terrorism is becoming common place. The Judeo Christian values that lay at the foundation of Our American values are the same principles upon which the democratic state of Israel was formed.

In our nation’s founding documents, we acknowledge that our country is united under one God — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Likewise Israel’s Declaration of Independence calls upon the “Rock of Israel” (the name for God, used in the Old Testament) to indicate the trust and faith that the State of Israel places in an immutable God.

It is clear that our nation’s stand with Israel goes much deeper than superficial politics. However, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the political realities of our day.  I wish I could say that that the United States stand with Israel has never been stronger, and that CUFI has turned the tide in the Middle East.  In reality, we are living in a sobering day where peace initiatives are failing, conflict is increasing, and politicians are frantically searching for solutions to quell an unsettled world.

Since the Arab Spring, close to three years ago, the Middle East is more unstable than ever. Egypt (once at peace with Israel) now joins the ranks of the “not so friendly” Israeli neighbors. Israel (approximately the size of the state of New Jersey) is engulfed by hostile neighbors in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt (not to mention the continued threats from terrorist organizations like Hamas living side-by-side within Israel’s borders). Despite these immense challenges, the biggest existential threat that Israel faces from Iran increases daily. As Iran continues to violate UN Security Council resolutions by building up their nuclear weapons arsenal, the agenda of the Mullahs, the IRG, and those who hold power in Iran has not changed.  The reality is that the threat to Israel and the Jewish people has never been greater.

Most of you are aware of the unprecedented decision by our current administration to ease sanctions on Iran (against Israel’s pleas).  Essentially, we have turned our back on Israel in the hour of her greatest need. Israel, now betrayed by her closet ally, has initiated meetings with Russia to forge friendlier relations.

Friends, we are truly living in a day that is eerily like the time spoken of by the prophet Zechariah chapter 12– a time where “ALL the nations of the earth lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.”  BUT—we will not despair and loose hope.

Throughout the history of the world, there has always been a scheme of hell to thwart the redemptive plans of God in the earth.  The State of Israel and the Jewish people stand as a testimony of the eternal promise of a covenant-keeping God.  From the time that Abraham was called and chosen to carry the promise of God to a hurting world, this spiritual battle between God’s redemptive purposes has played out in every generation.  What we are witnessing today (with our nation turning against Israel) may be unprecedented in our generation, but make no mistake — what we are witnessing is an ancient spiritual battle.

In fact, the book of Zechariah foretold a day when ALL the nations of the earth would come against Jerusalem.  In that portion of Zechariah, it says that the Lord Himself will fight on behalf of Jerusalem and the nations that come against Jerusalem will be judged.  Earlier in chapter 8 of Zechariah it says:

People shall yet come, inhabitants of many cities: the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying ‘Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord, and seek the Lord of hosts, I myself will go …yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of host in Jerusalem and pray before the Lord.’

Thus says the Lord of Hosts: ‘in those days, ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”

There is an interesting and familiar phenomena observed over and over again in the Word of God.  The pattern is this: God establishes His redemptive purpose, and all of Hell seeks to thwart these plans. We (as His people) are invited to side with Him in this battle.

Friends, the battle is not over.  Even though the ALL nations of the earth are waging war against the plans and purpose of God, God is looking for those who will stand with him.  God is looking for His covenant people (positioned throughout the earth) to grab hold of the sleeve of a “Jewish man” and say….”Come, let us go with you and pray before the Lord of Host in Jerusalem, for we have heard and we have seen that God is truly with you.”

The hour for us to stand with Israel is NOW. World opinion has never been more anti-Israel than it is today. There has never been greater distance between the government of the United States and Israel than there is today. Never has the hatred toward Israel been more intense. In general, the countries of the Middle East are becoming emboldened with their anti-Israel rhetoric and antisemitism continues to increase.

Finally let me suggest some very practical actions you can take to “Stand for Israel.”

  • Demonstrate your support for the State of Israel by attending the Eighth Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel to be held at Bethel Christian Fellowship on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Equip yourself with accurate information and become familiar with Middle East history so you can recognize and filter through the anti-Israel media bias.
  • Accept, with continuing faithfulness, the Bible’s call to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and pray that our nation will govern in the light of Genesis 12:1 where it says “I will bless those who bless you…”
  • Visit Israel with us in 2014. We will be taking a tour to Israel to from September 8-18, 2014.  During that tour you will receive valuable teaching (lead by John Hagee) about the historic and modern-day significance of Israel. You will also have the opportunity to stand in solidarity at the Jerusalem Night to Honor
    • The Holy Land Pilgrim Tour will take place on September 8-18, 2014,
    • For information call Bethel Christian Fellowship at 585 232-1136 *21 or        e-mail us at Israel@bethelcf.com

Most importantly, remember that this is a spiritual battle.  Ask God to strengthen you to stand with Him and to receive revelation on what you are specifically called to do.  Then let us stand together for His redemptive purposes in the earth.

 

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1,500 Christians, Jews unite to show support for Israel

Jeff Blackwell- Staff writer 

The Democrat and Chronicle — Jews and Christians from across the Rochester area stood together at Bethel Christian Fellowship Sunday evening in support of the Israeli State and in defiance of anti-Semitism around the world.
This was the fifth year for the Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel, an event similar to those in more than 150 cities across the United States sponsored by Christians United for Israel.
But to the estimated 1,500 people in attendance in Rochester Sunday, the message of support for the Israeli State in light of growing unrest in the Middle East never seemed so loud.
“Today when anti-Semitism is on the rise and we see the growing instability in the Middle East there is a threat that faces Israel that intensifies on a daily basis,” Pastor Ronald Domina, senior pastor of Bethel Christian Fellowship, told the audience. “They are surrounded by unfriendly and often dangerous neighbors and as Americans who value freedom, life and liberty our support must remain firm.”
The night was opened with the singing of the National Anthem and the National Anthem of Israel, Hatikva. It was attended by leaders of the local Jewish community and local leaders such as Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Rochester’s Acting Mayor Carlos Carballada, Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel and State Sen. Joseph Robach.
The event was also supported by 45 local churches and ministries across the Rochester area. Since 2007, the effort has raised nearly $85,000 for humanitarian needs in Israel.
Lori Sousa, a member of Bethel Christian Fellowship and the event organizer, said Christians and Jews have many values in common. But they also have an intertwined history that has shown everything but a harmonious past.
“The root of some of the worst atrocities done to Jews was at the hands of Christians; most Christians do not realize that,” she said. “People that understand history do, and so the idea is that in the face of anti-Semitism…our message is that in this day Christians are going to stand with Jews.”
Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick, of Congregation Beth Shalom of Rochester, told the audience that he has become close friends with Rev. Domina and helped guild a pilgrimage to Israel by members of Bethel. He said Israel needs the united support of Christians and Jews around the world now more than ever.
“We are together united, Christians and Jews, for the support of Israel and State of Israel,” he said.
“This is our time to honor Israel and by doing so we acknowledge the truth of survival and by doing so, Christian and Jew together, our creator looks down from his holy throne and smiles.”
JBLACKWELL@DemocratandChronicle.com

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1,500 Gather for the Fifth Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel

Lori M. Sousa

Jewish Ledger — For the fifth straight year, the Christian Community in Greater Rochester came together to host the Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel (NTHI). This year close to 45 congregations throughout Rochester supported the event. An estimated 1,500 people filled Bethel Christian Fellowship to pay tribute to the State of Israel and Jewish people around the world. The event was attended by leaders of the local Jewish community and local representative such as New York State Senator Joseph Robach, Rochester Action Mayor R. Carlos Carballada, County Executive Maggie Brooks and Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel,

Pastor Ron Domina opened the gathering by emphasizing the importance of this year’s event. Domina said, “There has never been a more critical time to voice our support for Israel.” He underscored the growing instability in the Middle East stating “The existential threat that Israel faces intensifies daily. The State of Israel is surrounded by instable and often unfriendly neighbors, and as Americans who value freedom, life and liberty, our support for Israel must remain firm.” Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick of Congregation Beth Shalom also addressed the audience saying that Israel needs the united support of Christians and Jews around the world now more than ever. “We are together united, Christians and Jews, for the support of Israel and State of Israel,” he said. “This is our time to honor Israel and by doing so we acknowledge the truth of survival and by doing so, Christian and Jew together, our creator looks down from his holy throne and smiles.”

A Night to Honor Israel (NTHI) is an initiative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). One of the main objectives of CUFI is to hold annual Nights to Honor Israel in every major U.S. city. CUFI is focused on one issue: supporting Israel. Since CUFI’s inception in February 2006, tens of thousands of American Christians have participated in Night to Honor Israel events in over 150 cities across the United States. During these events millions of dollars have been donated to Israeli and Jewish charities.

Event organizer, Lori Sousa says that it is important for our community to come together every year to honor Israel, Sousa states, “We come together on an annual basis to celebrate a people who have rarely been honored for the vast contributions that they have made to human history. Throughout history Jewish generosity has been rewarded with persecution and oppression. Unfortunately, much of has been done at the hands of professing Christians. In our generation we endeavor to announce a new day in human history-a day where Christians stand with Jews declaring to the world that we are united in brotherhood.”

At this year’s event, the Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York, Shlomi Kofman brought greetings on behalf of the State of Israel and Irving Roth
(Holocaust Survivor, International Speaker, and Author) was the main keynote speaker. During the program, those in attendance were encouraged demonstrate their support for Israel by making a financial contribution. $17,161 was received in this year’s offering. Out of the money collected, a $5,000 State of Israel Bond was purchased and donated to the Hillel Community Day School. The remaining moneys will go to strengthen the work of CUFI on Campus in New York State, and a portion of the offering will also be donated to the Fogel Family Fund in Israel.

This year’s event emphasized the need to educate the youth-this generation of leaders who are emerging on our college campuses. David Walker (CUFI on Campus Eastern Coordinator) spoke about the vision of CUFI on Campus- “to develop politically minded student leaders who are equipped to become effective advocates for Israel on their college campus.” The first upstate New York chapter of CUFI on Campus was recently organized on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. Sixteen students from this chapter were present at the event. Victor Styrsky, (Eastern Coordinator for CUFI) also encouraged everyone in attendance join the thousands of people who will travel Washington, D.C. this July to speak to elected officials about the importance of standing with Israel in this hour.

The event closed with a Pastor Domina standing with Rabbi Kilimnick as the Rabbi led the congregation in a prayer for Israel. Participants were also reminded to mark their calendar for the 2012 NTHI that is scheduled for March 25th. The event is held every year on the last Sunday in March except if it conflicts with a Jewish or Christian holiday. For more information about the Greater Rochester NTHI you may visit the website: http://www.nyscufi.org/nthi

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Pastors and Ministry Leaders invited to be part of the Fifth Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel.

Lori M. Sousa

On Sunday, March 27th Rochester area churches and ministries will gather together to host the Fifth Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel. In 2007 Rochester became the first city in the Northeast region of the U.S. to host such an event. Since that date, a Night to Honor Israel has become a welcomed tradition in our region.
A Night to Honor Israel is an expression of Christian solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish people. The Bible commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), to speak out for Zion’s sake (Isaiah 62:1), to be watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:6) and to bless the Jewish people (Genesis 12:3). These and many other Bible verses have one overriding message– as Christians we have a Biblical obligation to defend Israel and the Jewish people in their time of need.
Event organizer, Lori Sousa says that it is important for our community to come together every year to honor Israel, Sousa states, “We come together on an annual basis to celebrate a people who have rarely been honored for the vast contributions that they have made to human history. Throughout history Jewish generosity has been rewarded with persecution and oppression. Unfortunately, much of this persecution has been done at the hands of professing Christians.” Sousa continues “In our generation we are announcing a new day in human history-a day where Christians stand with Jews declaring to the world that we are united in brotherhood.” Support for Israel is critical in our day. Global anti-Semitism is on the rise; voices are publically calling for Israel’s destruction; and the existential threat that Israel faces intensifies daily. In this hour, we cannot afford to be ignorant, apathetic or silent. When it comes to the existence of the State of Israel and rising global anti-Semitism, our community must stand with Israel in voice and in action. During the Holocaust, too many Christians were silent, and we were left to mourn the slaughter of 6 million Jews. Today, we must speak up and stand up for Israel. We must act to do whatever we can to protect Israel’s 6 million Jews from a second Holocaust.
The Night to Honor Israel is a non-denominational and non partisan event. Since February 2007, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) has held over 150 Nights to Honor Israel in cities across America. Our vision is to see the entire Christian community of Greater Rochester participate in this annual event. Last year more than 40 pastors and ministry leaders hosted the event, this year we aim to increase that number.
If you are a pastor or ministry leader, please mark your calendar and contact Lori Sousa to be part of this historic night. Lori Sousa at 232-1136, ext 21 or Israel@bethelcf.com

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Onward, Christian Zionists The fastest growing Israel support group in America.

Jul 24, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 43 • By JENNIFER RUBIN

http://www.weeklystandard.com — In Washington, D.C.’s convention center they danced the horah, sang Hebrew songs, and waved American and Israeli flags. Charlie Daniels played Hatikvah on his fiddle. It wasn’t a bar mitzvah, or a gathering of the pro-Israel group AIPAC. It was the fifth annual summit of an even larger pro-Israel organization, the nation’s largest: Christians United for Israel, better known as CUFI.

A few hours before addressing the convention, its founder, Pastor John Hagee, explained how CUFI came to exist. “I went to Israel in 1978 as a tourist with a group of people from my church and I came home a Zionist,” he said. “I felt the presence of God in the city of Jerusalem like no place on earth.” Praying at the Western Wall, he realized he had to “do everything in my power to bring Christians and Jews together in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and acceptance.”

At first, he didn’t know how to begin. But in 1981, after an Israeli airstrike blew up the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, “the American media went after Israel hammer and claw. I saw the door of opportunity open. I told my wife as we watched the television with the news anchor berating Israel and Menachem Begin, ‘We are going to have a night for Israel.’?”

Hagee approached the local Jewish leaders to suggest a gala fundraiser. He deadpanned, “They looked at me like I had a serious and contagious rash.” Hagee won them over, held a news conference with an orthodox rabbi announcing the event, and “within hours started receiving death threats at the church. We had the night for Israel, and it was terrific.” When a bomb threat came, he remembered declaring, “If these gun-toting anti-Semites think they can shut us down by threatening us, we are going to do it every year until they get used to it!”

Through his ministry and then with the founding of CUFI in 2006, Hagee has been at it ever since. “CUFI began with 400 evangelicals in February 2006. Today we have 426,000 members.” The purpose of the group, Hagee said, was to give “every pro-Israel Christian and Christian church the opportunity to stand up and speak up for Israel.” When they lobby on Capitol Hill, he said, his members “ask the leadership of our government to stop putting pressure on Israel to divide Jerusalem and the land of Israel.”

Since 2006, CUFI has held hundreds of events nationwide, raising $43 million for humanitarian work (including that of Migdal Ohr in Galilee which serves disadvantaged youth and the Kiryat Yam absorption center for Ethiopian Jews) and inspiring Christian support for the Jewish state. Pastor Scott Thomas of Lakeland, Florida, explained that thousands have rediscovered the “Judeo part of our faith.” He recalled a Tampa Night for Israel that raised money for flak jackets to protect IDF troops in Tiberius, and a night in Pensacola that bought a bomb shelter for residents of Sderot, the small town on the receiving end of rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza.

Now, with the Iranian nuclear threat growing, relations with the Obama administration tumultuous, and assaults on Israel in international bodies a daily occurrence, Israel can use some real friends. At the banquet, Senator Joe Lieberman-he introduced himself as “your brother Joseph”-observed that this “is a time when the people of Israel feel more vulnerable and isolated than in a long time. . . . But because of CUFI and Christian Zionists throughout the world the people and the children of Israel do not feel isolated from the international community of faith.”

CUFI members affirm the consonance between their faith, patriotism, and support for Israel. Thomas explains, “When I stand up for Israel, I stand up for America.” He says that his members’ religious roots bring them to support Israel, but recent events have mobilized them to confront biased media accounts, fundraise, lobby, educate fellow Christians, and pray for Israel. “The Bible directs us, but the facts inform us,” he says.

Unlike many Jewish organizations, CUFI continues to grow. Pastor Carlos Ortiz, who conducts Hispanic outreach for the group, has helped bring in 1,500 churches. Among Jews, there remains some skepticism and some outright hostility. Yet Hagee noted progress among those Jews whose support for Israel is grounded in their faith. “There is a level of comfort between Christians and Jews who believe in and accept the Torah as the word of God.” His own devotion is an expression of his Christian faith. He explained:

The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is a Zionist text. To read and understand the Bible is to accept the reality that the Jewish people are not living where they chose but where God chose. There is a real estate contract recorded in the Bible with the boundaries of Israel, given as clearly as the human tongue can express. And the land is God’s gift to the Jewish people. That’s not political. It is the will of the sovereign and eternal God.

Hagee is bracingly candid about the historical underpinnings of Jews’ mistrust:

I understand the fear of some Jewish people of Christians because for 2,000 years they were killed under the sign of the cross. When a Jewish person sees the cross he sees an electric chair. When a Christian sees a cross he sees hope and redemption. Two thousand years of suffering won’t be overcome overnight.

In addition, antipathy toward CUFI may be attributable partly to aversion to the rest of the Christian right’s political agenda. As for Jews’ concern about Christian proselytizing, Ortiz says suspicion fades “when they see we are not trying to convert them.”

Hagee is a charismatic preacher with a sonorous baritone voice. At the banquet, he held the crowd spellbound, explaining Israel’s plight and the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. He reminded the crowd that John F. Kennedy went to Berlin at the height of the Cold War, “an outpost of democracy in a sea of tyranny.” He quoted Kennedy: “Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was ‘civis Romanus sum.’ Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’?” Hagee then pivoted:

I stand here at a time when Israel is a tiny outpost of freedom and democracy in a sea of tyranny. . . .??Permit me to say something to you straight from the heart. Please know that what I say to you now is a sentiment shared by millions of Christians across America and around the world. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ani Yisraeli-I am an Israeli.”

As he recited the litany of threats and insults to the Jewish state, he repeated the mantra again and again until 4,000 Christians stood shouting, “I am an Israeli.”

Former deputy national security adviser Elliott Abrams, who oversaw Israel policy in the Bush administration, appreciates that support. “American Jews ought to notice that there are actually more evangelicals in this country than Jews by about 20 or 30 to 1,” he says. “With the Jewish population shrinking as a percentage of the American people, Christians are an increasingly critical base of support for Israel-and groups like CUFI are begging us to accept their help. We should accept it with gratitude and enthusiasm.”

CUFI activists understand that America’s enemies-Islamist terrorists-are Israel’s enemies, too. They appreciate a robust defense of both countries. Abrams in a panel discussion urged those present to make their voices heard when, for example, a lawmaker “plays footsie with CAIR.” The crowd erupted. Co-panelist Malcolm Hoenlein, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, demanded “transparency” from the builders of a mosque near Ground Zero and warned against groups that would “undermine the fundamental values of the United States.” He too got a rousing ovation.

CUFI executive director David Brog says recent events have caught his members’ attention. “They are upset this president is taking a different approach to Israel and there is daylight between our countries for the first time.” He bristles at the notion that CUFI is “politicizing” foreign policy. Indeed, Brog worries about the “bipartisan fraying” of support for Israel. With CUFI’s Democratic members, including many Hispanics, he hopes to “affect the debate in the Democratic party. It would be a tragedy if one of the two parties ceased to be pro-Israel.” After all, Brog says, “We are speaking for a traditional foreign policy. We must stand for principle and not just power.”

Ortiz says these are critical times for Israel. He tells the story of the Jewish queen Esther, when the Jews were threatened with annihilation in ancient Persia. “Her uncle comes to her and says, ‘You gotta move, baby, or your people will perish.’?” CUFI is on the move. It has no intention of allowing Israel to perish.

Jennifer Rubin is Commentary’s contributing editor.

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Christian and Community Leaders Gather to Honor Israel and Jewish People.

Lori M. Sousa

On Sunday, March 21 Christians from across the Monroe County region gathered at Bethel Christian Fellowship
in vocal support of Jewish people and the state of Israel. Close to 50 churches and ministries hosted this year’s event and approximately 800 people were in attendance for the Fourth Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel.
During the event Christian and Jewish speakers called on individuals and national leaders to strengthen their stand with Israel in the face of ongoing discrimination and rising anti-Israel sediment.

Keynote speaker Malcolm Hoenlein, (Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations), spoke of the eminent global threat that Iran poses, not just to Israel, but to all individuals who value freedom and life. Hoenlein said that the United States must send a clear message in this hour that there is “no daylight” between the U.S. and Israel.

A Night to Honor Israel is an initiative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI endeavors to educate and mobilize the Christian support for Israel in a variety of ways. One of the most important ways is by holding annual Nights to Honor Israel in communities throughout the country. Since CUFI’s inception in February 2006, tens of thousands of American Christians have participated in Night to Honor Israel events in over 100 cities across the United States. During these events millions of dollars have been donated to Israeli and Jewish charities.

Since its inception in 2007, the Rochester Night to Honor Israel has received the consistent support of local government leaders. This year County Executive Maggie Brooks, Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy and NYS Senator Joseph Robach attended the event and gave speeches that demonstrated their support of Israel. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks noted that in 2007, Rochester became the first city in the 5 state Northeast regions to hold such an event. Brooks said, “It speaks volumes to the type of community that we are,” State Senator Joseph Robach highlighted the values that Americans and Jewish people share. He also talked about the “love of democracy” that Americans and Israelis share, noting that Israel this love of democracy is not shared by those that surround Israel.

Mayor Robert Duffy highlighted the unique relationship that United States has had with Israel since her establishment in 1948. Duffy stated “They have been with us in the good times, they have been with us in the bad times,” he said. “They have never wavered in their support of the United States.” Duffy also spoke of the enormous contributions that the local Jewish community has made to our region.

Nights to Honor Israel are non-denominational and non-partisan events. The message the organizers intend to convey is that although we may disagree on many things, when it comes to the existence of the State of Israel and rising global anti-Semitism, our communities will stand with Israel in voice and in action. These events are a visible demonstration of the tremendous support for Israel that exists in our community and in communities throughout the U.S.

Since 2007 the Rochester community has continued to come together on an annual basis to honor Israel and has contributed close to $75,000 toward humanitarian needs in Israel. This year those in attendance contributed $6,222.96. This year’s financial contribution will go to the Israel Emergency Fund.

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