What is the Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel?
A Night to Honor Israel (NTHI) is an initiative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). The purpose of CUFI is to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues.
Millions of Christians across America have a deep love for Israel and the Jewish people and want to stand with them during these difficult days. Yet, until recently, pro-Israel Christians were divided and often silent. They limited their support of Israel to prayers and charitable donations.
In February, 2006, Pastor John Hagee decided the time had come to create a national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel. He called upon Christian leaders from across America to join him in launching this new initiative. Over 400 Christian leaders answered the call and Christians United for Israel was born.
Since that date, CUFI has quickly grown to be the largest Christian grassroots movement in America. We now have state directors in every state in the union, and we have city directors in over 90 of America’s leading cities. Since our founding, we’ve held over 75 Nights to Honor Israel in cities across America. This past July, 4,500 Christians from all 50 states came to Washington, D.C. to participate in the second annual CUFI Washington-Israel Summit. And CUFI has only just begun.
One of the main objectives of CUFI is to hold annual Nights to Honor Israel in every major U.S. city. In communities throughout the country, these evenings are live changing events that are opening Christian’s eyes to the need to support Israel and the Jewish people around the world. NTHI are evenings packed with outstanding speakers and music with all of the focus being on support for Israel and the Jewish people.
The annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel is more than just an event. By setting aside time every year, we envision the introduction of a new era in America- an era of unity, mutual respect, and lasting peace- an era when Christians and Jews stand together and announce to the world that we are united in brotherhood. It is a time set aside to pay tribute to the Jewish people for their perseverance and tenacity throughout centuries of persecution– to honor them for the contributions they have made to human history, and to acknowledge that through them we have been blessed.
Nights to Honor Israel are non-denominational and non-partisan events. Our message 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.
On March 25, 2007 Rochester launched its first annual Night to Honor Israel. For the first Greater Rochester NTHI close to fifty area churches and ministries came together to host the event. A standing room only crowd of over 1,600 people were in attendance, and that evening they contributed $25,000 to humanitarian needs in Israel. Pastor Ron Domina captured the heart of this event when he boldly proclaimed that evening: “Let it be known today that Rochester, New York is not neutral or silent when it comes to Israel. Rochester is a city of righteousness, and we will stand with Israel in her hour of need.”
Please set aside this time every year to attend the Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel. This is your opportunity to personally demonstrate your love and support for Israel in a very practical way.
In 2008 the Second Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel will be held at Bethel Christian Fellowship on Sunday, March 30th at 6pm.
Pastors or ministry leaders are also encouraged to attend the free informational luncheon at 11am on Tuesday, January 15th at Bethel Christian Fellowship in the Body Shop. At this luncheon, Pastor Ron Domina will share more about the vision for The Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel. He will also provide information about how you and your congregation can be part of this historic night.
If you plan to attend the luncheon or if you have additional questions, please contact to Lori Sousa at (585) 232-1136, ext. 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org