Leadership

SAMMY EPPEL

SAMMY EPPEL

Trained as Mechanical Engineer, was part of the Founding group of Kibbutz Grofit in the Arava, Israel. Lived there from 1970 to 1974.

From 1975 to 2010 was Project manager, Director, General Manager and Partner of various companies in mining, manufacturing, banking, sales, logistics and mass marketing.

Consultant, political analyst, Journalist, Member of Interamerican Press Association (sociedad interamericana de prensa SIP). Distinguished columnist for Venezuelan major newspaper (EL UNIVERSAL), over 600 published articles, also reprinted in other newspapers and websites. Guest commentator in radio and Television in Venezuela and abroad.

Founder(1995) and past president of FUNDACION MADRE MARIA LUISA CASAR, a catholic foundation that cares for underprivileged children in Caracas worst slums that runs a school, a medical facility and a food preparation center.

Was member of the governing body of Venezuelan Jewish community (CAIV) and acting director of commission of human rights of B’nai Brith Venezuela. Lecturer and presenter of HASBARA Spanish program. Active on interfaith relations and enlightening programs. Has participated and presented at important conferences of Evangelican organizations, CUFI, NHCLC, HILC and others.

Since 2004 has concentrated on the study of the Venezuelan phenomenon that has been “GOVERNMENT SPONSORED ANTISEMITISM” and how it relates to “JUDEOPHOBIA”. Traveled extensively to conferences and have lectured and given presentations on the subject in Spanish and English at: AJC latin American forum Miami, Global Forum Jerusalem, ICCA meetings in London and Ottawa, YIISA institute at Yale University, Tel Aviv University Stephen Roth Institute in Budapest and Paris, Kantor center Tel Aviv, ADL conference Palm Beach, Israeli President’s Conference Jerusalem, SAJBG(South African Jewish Board of Governors) Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, world Zionist organization(OSA) Argentina, Bnei Brith policy conferences Washington, Panama and regional Costa Rica, La Maison De L’Amerique Latine Paris, State University of Rio De Janeiro Brazil, Global Forum Argentina, and others.

Co-chair of Latin America group at Global Forum To Combat Antisemitism Jerusalem. Board member JSA(Journal For The Study Of Antisemitism), latin American Delegate to Bnei Brith international board of governors and Coordinator latin American Desk of ISGAP ( Institute For the Study Of Global Antisemitism And Policy).

Currently involved as a producer, with award winning Director Daniel Benaim and the support of the US Holocaust Museum, in the filming of a documentary centered on western attitudes in 1939 that sealed the fate of many Jews.

Mario Bramnick

Mario Bramnick

Mario Bramnick graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree and with a Juris Doctorate Degree of Law from the University of Miami in 1982.  He has practiced law in the field of Commercial Law and Civil Litigation.  Mr. Bramnick was born in Cuba and is fluent in English and Spanish. Mr. Bramnick is Chairman of the Board and President of the Latino Coalition for Israel, with a vision to establish the largest Hispanic Pro-Israel organization in America to combat the Global rise of Antisemitism and raise awareness of the critical intersection of Israel and America’s future.  Mr. Bramnick has had numerous articles published on JNS.org, Christian News, US News Wire, Charisma Magazine, Christianity Today, Algemeiner, Breaking Christian News and Breaking Israel News.  Mr. Bramnick hosted an event in the United Nations on the Persecuted Christian in the Middle East and has mobilized lobbying for Safe Haven in the Nineveh Plains for Iraqi Christians. Mr. Bramnick served as National Hispanic Advisory Council for the Donald J. Trump Campaign. Mr. Bramnick has been named as surrogate for President Trump and was interviewed on behalf of the Campaign on several English and Spanish news media outlets including Univision, Telemundo, CNN En Español, Fusion, MSNBC, Time Magazine, The Hill, Associated Press News, Fox Latino, Charisma News, Bloomberg News, Christianity Today En Español, Jewish Press and JTA.  Mr. Bramnick officiated four invocations for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence at their campaign rallies and spoke at one of the town hall meetings with Mr. Trump and Hispanic supporters.  Mr. Bramnick was involved in the securing of strong pro-Israel language strengthening the Republican platform, which reinstated reference to an undivided Jerusalem.  See link.   HTTP://WWW.ALGEMEINER.COM/2016/07/14/THE-STORY-BEHIND-THE-GOPS-ANTI-TWO-STATE-PLATFORM/ Mr. Bramnick worked with David Friedman, Ambassador to Israel and Jason Greenblatt, Special Representative for International Negotiations, Trump Administration on Israel policy for the Campaign.  http://www.charismanews.com/politics/elections/61027-exclusive-how-the-most-pro-israel-agenda-ever-was-crafted Mr. Bramnick works with top tier leadership from the Jewish Community and Christian pro-Israel Community and hosted approximately 24 events annually.  Mr. Bramnick has coordinated lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill against the Iranian deal and on the Anti BDS in Florida, Ohio and California.   Mr. Bramnick has convened a group of Evangelical leaders representing tens of millions of Evangelicals to mobilize grass root efforts, lobbying and diplomacy in support of strong U.S./Israel relations and in support of U.S./Israel policy, to act as a bridge between Israel and the Administration.   Mr. Bramnick is the Chairman of the Board of Caribbean Israel Leadership Coalition, LCI’s affiliate, coordinated Israeli Caribbean Economic Partnership Conferences and Israeli Caribbean Business Innovation and Technology Conferences with Caribbean Heads of State to engage Caribbean nations in stronger economic and foreign policy relations with Israel. Mr. Bramnick and his wife Maria Asela have been married for 25 years with 6 children all of whom were homeschooled through primary and secondary education.

Pastor Ruben Mendez

Pastor Ruben Mendez

Pastor Ruben Mendez is the Director and Pastor of Iglesia Cornerstone, a thriving, Spanish Speaking church located in San Antonio under the covering of Cornerstone Church and John Hagee Ministries.  Pastor Mendez can be heard on Radio Luz 1160 AM and La Once Treinta 1130 AM, Monday – Friday 9-10a.m.   Pastor Mendez received his theological training at Fountain Gate Bible College.  He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanitarianism from Denver Institute of Urban Studies and Adult College. Before coming to San Antonio, he served 14 years as one of the Associate Pastors of a mega church under the leadership of Pastor George Morrison.  He has traveled extensively to minister the gospel to over 30 countries which includes Latin America, Central America, Asia, Russia, Israel, Egypt and Europe.

Rev. Ramiro A. Peña

Rev. Ramiro A. Peña

Rev. Ramiro Peña is the founder and pastor of Christ the King Church of Waco. The church has a television ministry in both English and Spanish.  The television ministry reaches all 50 states and 249 countries, and is broadcasting every day of the week. The Lord has used him to help plant 14 other churches in Texas, Mexico, Cuba and India since 1991. He also currently serves on the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Mr. Donald Trump.

Lourdes Aguirre

Lourdes Aguirre

Lourdes Aguirre is the founder and Business Developer of “Eres America”, an organization developing television, radio and internet based programs focused on the issues of the Hispanic Community, bringing solutions to their problems through education and resources. Amongst other projects, she Co-Produced “Tenga Pa’que se entretenga” comedy series with Award Winning comedian “Fernando Arau”, (better known from Despierta America morning show in with Univision), Aired in Telemundo NBC Dallas and NBC chanel 41 Los Angeles, as well as Eres America host and producer aired in Telemuncho Miami, Mega Tv. And Gen Tv. She currently serves as Executive Secretary of “Mujeres de Esperanza Board, a ministry of Esperanza USA, a leading National Ministry representing the Hispanic Community. During the last few years Lourdes Aguirre has represented the RNC in Florida as South Florida Regional Director and most recently promoted to State Director of Faith Engagement. Lourdes Aguirre represented Mujeres De Esperanza during a summit, “Dos Naciones Un Proyecto”, with President Calderon at “Los Pinos” home in D.F., Mexico. Summit’s subject was Human Sexual Trafficking, mobilize “Two Nations-One Project”. Upon return to the States, Mrs. Aguirre as a MDE women, met with Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi and united the efforts of Attorney General Pam Bondi in the State of Florida who steered, together with Governor Rick Scott, one of the toughest Legislations in the Union against Human Trafficking Criminals.

Jesse Rojo

Jesse Rojo

Jesse Rojo is the Director of Hispanic Affairs at The Philos Project. A native New Yorker of Dominican descent, Jesse holds a BA in Theological Studies from Hyles-Anderson College.  He has pioneered bilingual programs to engage and educate the Christian Hispanic community on Israel-related issues, including educational initiatives, alumni networks, and a nationwide leadership conference. In 2016, Jesse founded Israel A Cappella, an initiative to allow Hispanic Christians to connect with the land of Israel through the experiences and testimony of Christian music artists. In addition to his work at the Philos Project, Jesse is a part of Tim Keller’s international church-planting network, Redeemer City-to-City, and is in the process of planting a bilingual church among immigrant and native communities in Yonkers, New York. His work has been published in The Christian Post and Contexto Media.

Apostle Guillermo Maldonado

Apostle Guillermo Maldonado

Apostle Guillermo Maldonado is the senior pastor and founder of King Jesus International Ministry (Ministerio Internacional El Rey Jesus), in Miami, Florida, a multicultural church considered to be one of the fastest growing in the United States. King Jesus Ministry, whose foundation is built upon the Word of God, prayer, and worship, currently has a membership of nearly seventeen thousand. The ministry also offers spiritual covering to a growing network of over three hundred churches that extends throughout the United States and globally in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and New Zealand, representing over six hundred thousand people. The building of kingdom leaders and the visible manifestations of God’s supernatural power distinguish the ministry as the number of its members constantly multiplies. Doctor Maldonado has authored over fifty books and manuals, many of which have been translated into other languages. Among his previous books are How to Walk in the Supernatural Power of God, The Glory of God, The Kingdom of Power, Supernatural Transformation, Supernatural Deliverance, and Daily Encounters with God, all of which are available in both English and Spanish. In addition, he preaches the message of Jesus Christ and His redemptive power on his national and international television program, The Supernatural Now (Lo Sobrenatural Ahora), which airs on TBN, Daystar, the Church Channel, and fifty other networks, thus with a potential outreach and impact to more than two billion people across the world. Apostle Maldonado has a doctorate in Christian Counseling from Vision International University and a master’s degree in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University. He resides in Miami, Florida, with his wife and ministry partner, Ana, and their two sons, Bryan and Ronald.

Dr. Fernando Cabrera

Dr. Fernando Cabrera

NYC Councilman Fernando Cabrera has served as the NYC Council Member representing the 14th district in the Bronx since January 2010.  His leadership positions in the NYC Council include: Co-Chair of the NYC Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, Co-Chair of the Gun Violence Task Force and Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee.  Councilman Cabrera had been a staunch advocate for tenants, youth and seniors.   Councilman Cabrera also serves as the Senior Pastor of New Life Outreach International in the Kingsbridge area of the Bronx.

Pastor Becky Keenan

Pastor Becky Keenan

Pastor Becky Keenan is the president and founder of One With Israel, a movement of individuals, churches, leaders, and organizations nationwide committed to demonstrating support for Israel. Through educational seminars, leadership training, signature lectures, and educational adventure trips, OWI transcends barriers and reaches people of all ages, backgrounds, and political affiliations. Pastor Becky hosted the first bilingual Night to Honor Israel (NTHI) in Houston, TX. This historic evening celebrated the State of Israel and the Jewish community. The event marked the beginning of a promising relationship between both Christian and Jewish clergy; and Hispanic and Jewish community leadership. In addition, she successfully organized an interfaith NTHI event in English at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, the largest conservative synagogue in the United States. An active member of AIPAC’s National Council, Pastor Keenan works in mentoring both up and coming and seasoned leaders on the complexities of Israel. Determined to build bridges of communication and friendship between communities (Jewish and Christian) with the purpose of forming a unified block that speaks and acts in favor of Israel. Pastor Keenan has traveled to Israel as the guest of Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the State of Israel. She led a delegation religious and community leaders

Pastor Pasqual Urrabazo

Pastor Pasqual Urrabazo

Pasqual Urrabazo serves as an Associate Pastor at the International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV), overseeing Missions and Men’s Ministries.  Pasqual has ministered nationally and internationally, both as a member of ICLV ministry teams, and as a speaker in his own right.  He serves the Las Vegas community at several levels including working with the Mayor’s Faith Initiative for addictions, and as part of a special crisis team working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.  He is on the Board of Directors for National Latina /Latino Commission, and is also Vice-President of Church Growth for National Latina / Latino Commission, a non-profit since 1984. Pastor Pasqual Urrabazo is cousin to Rev. Eve Nunez.  He has recently been named to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, representing the Hispanic community in national government affairs.

Dr. Blas N. Ramirez Perez

Dr. Blas N. Ramirez Perez

Dr. Blas N. Ramirez Perez, Superintendent of Red de Ministerios Sonshine, is a teacher and counselor to hundreds of men and women in several nations around the world. He demonstrates a genuine concern for the formation of Christian character and the development of effective leaders, Bishop Blas does not limit his mentoring to the ministerial field, but extends it to individuals in the political arena. He possesses a great passion for missions, an authentic interest and respect for the manifestation of individual gifts and human relationships. His message of the Word of God, united with his example as a minister of God and as a person, is transforming lives for the Kingdom of Christ. He is happily married to Pastor Wanda Garcia and together they have two wonderful children. A man of broad culture, Dr. Ramírez obtained his Bachelor’s in Physical and Natural Sciences at the Secondary High School in Independencia, Dominican Republic, and studied at the Law School of O & M University in Santo Domingo. He’s also obtained countless certifications in the area of business management. Although he has distinguished himself in the business world, his life revolves around his ministerial calling. He earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Theology at the International Bible University of Orlando, Florida. He studied pastoral counseling and leadership at the Haggai Institute in Maui, Hawaii. He was trained as a transcultural missionary at the Transcultural Missionary Training Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His intense ministerial education includes other degrees in theology: one at the Theological Seminary of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and another at the Theological Seminary Defensores de la Fe Cristiana, Biblical Institute of the Dominican Republic. Received a Degree in Biblical Teachings in ETTA Evangelical Training, in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. Bishop Blas N. Ramírez’s ministerial experience of more than twenty-five years is extensive and diverse, including the following: * INTERNATIONAL MEMBER of the Third World Leaders Association, previously chaired by the late Dr. Myles Munroe. * MEMBER, Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations. * MEMBER OF THE MISSIONS COMMITTEE, Movimiento Defensores de la Fe Cristiana, Puerto Rico. * MINISTER OF MISSIONS, Defensores de la Fe Cristiana Church, Nueva Jerusalem, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. * DIRECTOR OF THE THEOTHERAPY AND FOLLOW-UP PROGRAM, Government of P.R. and ASSMCA, Arecibo, P.R. * PRESIDENT OF RED GLOBAL DE MINISTERIOS, established in Latin America: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain and Portugal * PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL LEADERSHIP, located in the United States of North America, an organization dedicated to the formation of leaders with the capability of working in diverse territories, also has various signed and existing covenants with several organizations in the United States of North America * CROWN FINANCIAL, training our leaders in stewardship, also with Theology International University, a covenant for a modern and excellent Christian education.

Dr. Angel E. Marcial Estades

Dr. Angel E. Marcial Estades

Casado con la Hna. Betzaida Cordero, tiene tres hijos: Angel Benjamin, Andrea y Angel Antonio. Desde el 27 de septiembre del 1996, fungió como Obispo Nacional de la Iglesia de Dios M.B. en Puerto Rico y ha presidido la Fraternidad Pentecostal de Puerto Rico (FRAPE) que agrupa 22 concilios pentecostales.  Obtuvo su Doctorado en McCormick Theological Seminary. El 29 de septiembre del 2006 es instalado junto a su esposa e hijos como Obispo Administrador de la Iglesia de Dios de la Región Sureste Hispana en los Estados Unidos.  Ha sido el presidente de la Junta de Editorial Evangélica, y posteriormente el presidente de la Junta de los Obispos Hispanos de los Estados Unidos (Ministerios Hispanos). Y en estos momentos Preside la FRACEEV de los E.U. que se compone de 20 organizaciones conciliares.  Ha sido una voz en los asuntos de Justica Social de las Comunidades. Actualmente, es el presidente del Task Force de Inmigración que el Comité Ejecutivo a nombrado para trabajar con los asuntos que afectan los inmigrantes.

Leopoldo Martinez

Leopoldo Martinez

Leopoldo Martínez serves as the Latin America Director for the Israel Allies Foundation based in Washington, DC. Currently, Leopoldo works with pro-Israel Parliamentarians and political leaders in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Leopoldo has a MBA from IESA Business School in Caracas and also received his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management from George Washington University.

Carlos Duran

Carlos Duran

Carlos Duran is the founder of Hombres de Palabra (Men of their Word) an organization dedicated to “equipped men to reach their maximum potential through education, training, fatherhood and family initiatives”. He has worked for Promise Keepers for over 12 years reaching and serving the Hispanic community across the country. He is currently the Washington DC Chapter Director and a board member for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Fernando Guillen

Fernando Guillen

Fernando Guillen is Director of Action Integration Center, located in Belo Horizonte, MG. With a strong call Apostolic and Prophetic, he has excelled not only in Brazil but also abroad, through training, capacity building, preaching and activation so that the saints will be equipped for the work of ministry. Apostle Guillen has an MBA in Business Administration.  Fernando Guillen is also Doctor of Practical Ministry at Wagner Leadership Institute, Los Angeles, CA, a network of apostolic centers of theological formation, present in 24 nations, which is also the Chancellor of the Institute in Brazil. It is also an Apostle commissioned by the Apostolic Network HIM (Harvest International Ministry), under the supervision of Dr. Ché Ahn and the apostolic delegate in Latin America by Global Spheres. It is the continental facilitator for Latin America of the International Coalition of Apostolic leaders, chaired by Dr. John Kelly.

Rev. Eve Nunez

Rev. Eve Nunez

Rev. Eve Nunez is the Founder and President of Help 4 Kidz, which is an organization she founded after the passing of her beloved son Frankie. Help for Kidz is a National Partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has a SNAP satellite that also provides food boxes for homeless families in the valley. Help 4 Kidz served approximately 1680 meals per week last summer for The First Lady’s “Let’s Move” Initiative. Help 4 Kidz is also a HUD approved site. Rev. Eve Nunez is also a Founder and President of Arizona Latino Commission, which is also a nonprofit. Rev. Eve Nunez is President of the National Latina/Latino Commission a non-profit agency dedicated to mentoring African American and Latino Youth also to provide a platform for Latina Women and any Women desiring to pursue their dreams.

Connie Wilson

Connie Wilson

Connie Wilson has lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for 25 years, as well as in Jerusalem for over 15 years, as going from Capitol to Capitol. Her passion to see the nation and people of Israel restored in fullness, engages her across the U.S. and Canada to awaken Christians and Jews alike to this Biblical fulfillment. She and her husband, Bill, facilitate individuals, organizations and nations to be interacting and focused on Israel, and have a US nonprofit entitled Global Capital Connections. She serves on the Boards of Christian Friends of Mogen David Adom, American Foundation for Reconciliation & Relief in the Middle East, and Al’aan (supporting the persecuted Christians of the Middle East). She and her husband have five children and seven grandchildren.

Eida T Diego

Eida T Diego

Eida T Diego is the founder of the International Kingdom Vision Ministry an outreach ministry to all nations, bringing salvation, healing, restoration, and deliverance to a lost and hopeless world. Additionally, with working ministerial experience of over 20 years in one of the churches of higher growth in South Florida and divine revelation of the Kingdom strategies, God has led Eida to educate and train others in different areas of ministry so they could discover their purpose, fulfill their calling and complete their mission in the Kingdom of God.

Emilio De La Cruz

Emilio De La Cruz

Pastor Roy DeLaGarza

Pastor Roy DeLaGarza

For more than 40 years Roy DeLaGarza has impacted the lives of millions in two languages by radio, television, recordings and videos. He is also founder of several Spanish Christian television channels that operate 24 hours 7 days a week, and hosts, a daily syndicated radio program. Pastor Roy De L Garza serves on the board on National Latina/ Latino Commission and Help4kidz Foundation. Pastor Roy De La Garza is Vice-President of Evangelism for National Latina/ Latino Commission.

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

In June 1986, Malcolm Hoenlein was elected Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body on international and national concerns for 52 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. Malcolm Hoenlein received his B.A. in Political Science from Temple University and completed his Masters degree and doctoral course work from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of International Relations. A National Defense Fellow in the University’s Near East Center, Mr. Hoenlein taught International Relations in the Political Science Department and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In addition, he served on the editorial staff of ORBIS, the Journal of International Affairs. 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 has been the recipient of many awards and tributes. Among recent honors, he was conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by Yeshiva University and a Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Touro College and was honored by, among others, State of Israel Bonds for his “valiant and extraordinary service to Israel and the Jewish people,” the Private Sector Initiative Award from President Ronald Reagan, American ORT honored him with a special “Man of the Millennium” Tribute, the first Quittman Award for Jewish Professional Excellence, the Defender of Jerusalem Award, Millender Fellow at Brandeis University, Fellow of the Jerusalem College of Technology, the Jack D. Weiler Award for Jewish Communal Service, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations National Service Award. Mr. Hoenlein played a key role in organizing the massive National Solidarity Rally for Israel in Washington, DC. The Mayor of Jerusalem announced in 2007 that the City Council had designated Mr. Hoenlein recipient of the city’s highest tribute, the “Neeman Yerushalayim” (Trustee of Jerusalem) award. Mr. Hoenlein was appointed by three Presidents as a U.S. delegate to the Organization for Security and Conference in Europe, most recently in June 2007. He also served on the New York State Ethical Standards Board. Mr. Hoenlein is associated with and serves on the boards of many communal, educational and civic organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Chairman of America’s Voices in Israel and Co-Chair of the Secure Community Network. He serves on the Boards of Directors or Advisory Boards of several companies.

William Daroff

William Daroff

William Daroff, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America was named by the Forward Newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in America. As the chief lobbyist and principal spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for the 151 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities represented by JFNA, Daroff ensures that the voice of Jewish Federations is a prominent force in the Nation’s Capitol. Daroff guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the Federation movement’s key domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services,  such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of charities to care for those in need.   In addition to his focus on domestic policy, Daroff is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policy-makers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, namely those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, and efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.  He is also a leader in the worldwide fight to combat the assault on Israel’s legitimacy, acting as a key steward of the Federation Movement’s Israel Action Network, and serving on both the steering committee of the Prime Minister of Israel’s global task force and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization’s working group. Daroff is also a social networking pioneer and evangelist.  He has twice been named by JTA as being among the top five most influential Jewish Twitterers in the world, and was named by the National Jewish Outreach Program as one of the top ten Jewish influencers in social media.  Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Daroff. Daroff received his Bachelor Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science & History, Masters Degree in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He currently lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife, Heidi Krizer Daroff, and their two children.  The couple met in Krakow, Poland, while studying at Jagiellonian University, from which they both received certificates in the history of Eastern European Jewry and the Holocaust.

Betty Ehrenberg

Betty Ehrenberg

Betty Ehrenberg is Executive Director for World Jewish Congress-United States and North America. She is also the editor of WJCs Iran Update. Previously, she served as Executive Director and Director of International Affairs and Communal Relations for the Institute for Public Affairs, the political action and public policy arm of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Past positions she has held include Executive Director of Dor Hemshech, the young leadership division of the World Zionist Organization; Bureau Director for the Consul General of Israel in New York; Assistant to the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York; and Liaison Officer for the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, among others. She has worked with many diverse organizations on international issues such as the Middle East, the United Nations, anti-Semitism, and on community, governmental, and interfaith relations. In 2004 she was appointed by the White House as a United States delegate to the OSCEBerlin Conference on Anti-Semitism. A graduate of the City University of New York and Yeshiva University, Ms. Ehrenberg has an extensive background in Jewish education and taught advanced Judaic Studies at the Ramaz Upper School and at other educational institutions. She speaks to many groups across the country on a wide variety of issues of importance to the Jewish community and her articles have appeared in Jewish publications.

Heather Johnston

Heather Johnston

Heather is the President of JH Ranch and Director of JH Israel is responsible for JH Ranch curriculum development. She helps lead our tours to Israel and overseeing the JH Ranch partnership with the city of Ariel, Israel to develop a national youth leadership program.

Pastor Steven Khoury

Pastor Steven Khoury

Pastor Steven is the Vice President of Holy Land Missions. Which has been reaching out to the lost in Israel for the past 30yrs.  Today, six locations around the country are actively preaching the Gospel to a hurting nation, including Calvary Church in Jerusalem and First Baptist in Bethlehem. Pastor Steven has attended Bible College in Springfield MO, and received his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry and Theology. He is an affiliate with the BBFI, the National Christian Foundation, and the Voice of the Martyrs Organization. He is the youngest ordained Israeli Arab pastor in Israel and the surrounding Arab countries.

Pastor Mani Erfan

Pastor Mani Erfan

He was born in Iran as was raised as a shiite Muslim and immigrated to USA in 1983. While attending college at University of Florida to become an engineer, Mani had a super natural and miraculous encounter with Jesus Christ in 1987. In Mani’s own words,” I was introduced to the God of the Bible through such a manifestation of His Power that no words or traditions of man could cast doubt to me that Jesus Christ was a Risen God”. 2001 proved to be a very special year both in terms of ministry and professionally. Start of a new business venture and preaching the Gospel to the Middle East via Satellite TV. Every week thousands of Muslims view Mani’s programs with well over 1 million viewers connected to the Satellite TV programing. Hundreds of underground pastors and leaders have now been trained by him and the work continues. Business success has allowed Mani to become involved in humanitarian efforts around the globe. Mani travels to remote parts of the Globe from Somalia to Sudan seeking opportunities to show the love of Christ in the most tangible way.

Millie Magid

Millie Magid

Millie Magid, a principal real estate broker at Magid Realty in Long Island NY, was born in Lima, Peru. She is a philanthropist and passionate activist for humanitarian, educational and cultural causes. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington DC. She sits on the board of directors on such organizations as: “JBS” TV, (former Shalom TV) the Jewish Broadcasting Service, and on at the Global Jewish Community Center, an umbrella organization for Jewish Community Centers around the world connecting and promoting Jewish peoplehood through an exchange of specialized programs. Millie is on the National Leadership Consul at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and she serves on the board of directors of America’s Voices in Israel, the organization that promotes understanding of Israel and the Middle East through VIP visits to experience the region. Millie is the founder of the 1st “Center for Israel” at the Sid Jacobson JCC, North Shore, NY, a cultural and educational exchange program promoting Israel understanding and opportunities. Millie Magid is a former young “New leadership Chairperson” for “Israel Bonds” of Long Island, NY and served as a Women’s Division President at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, NY. Millie is married to Larry Magid a NY real estate investor and developer. Together, they have chaired numerous non-profit events, and have been honored by many organizations including: The “United Jewish Appeal Federation of NY”; Israel Bonds; Chamah (the NGO that helps Elderly and needy in Russia, Israel & US); the Sid Jacobson JCC of East Hills; Shalva, the leading center for special needs children in Israel; and most recently by Kehilla Moreshet Ysrael in Jerusalem. Together they support hospitals and organizations including, “Innovation Africa”, an Israeli NGO that provides renewable energy technology and humanitarian services in seven countries in Africa; the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and The Bible Land Museum in Israel.

Pastor Chris Garcia

Pastor Chris Garcia

Christian Garcia is the Pastor of Pneuma Church. Pastor Christian García was born on January 26, 1977 in the United States of America, but carries a Latin heritage due to his Cuban parents. From an early age he gave his life to the Lord and his walk has been dedicated to know God more deeply, which led him to devote himself totally to the ministry, when in 2001, he was ordained minister and began his adventure as a youth Pastor.  For several years he served as associate pastor of Pneuma Church, and today chairs this local congregation. One of his longings is to form disciples for Christ who are rooted in the word of the Lord, thus expanding the Kingdom of God from one generation to another. Pastor Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University. In 2004, he married his wife Gabriela and they have three children, Hadassah Grace who is 8 years old; Christian David is 6, Bella Gabrielle is 2 years old and Jeremy Josiah is 1 years old.

Claudio Epelman

Claudio Epelman

Claudio Epelman is the Executive Director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, regional branch of the World Jewish Congress.   As Executive Director, Epelman represents Jewish communities in the region in various meetings with Heads of State and international organizations such as the UN, OAS, OSCE, SEGIB and the World Economic Forum, among others. On the interreligious terrain Epelman promotes and actively participates in dialogue with Catholics and Muslims, articulates the relations of the Jewish communities with the Holy See, building bridges between the different communities of faith. His work in interreligious dialogue was recognized by the Argentine government. Understanding the importance that the Internet and social networks have in our days, Epelman promoted the creation of tools that monitor and denounce anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, which can be found on the Web. Epelman is also responsible for actively promoting the incorporation and participation of young people in the political actions of Jewish communities, forming them to be the leadership of the future.  Epelman also holds the following positions: – Representative of the World Jewish Congress to the Holy See. – Member of the Advisory Board of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International    Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Vienna. – Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Doha International Center for Interreligious Dialogue, Qatar. – Vice Moderator of the Latin American Council of Religious Leaders of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. – Co President of the Global Forum against Antisemitism – Latin America. – Member of the advisory committee of the Secretariat of Programming for the Prevention of Drug Addiction and Fight against Drug Trafficking in Argentina (SEDRONAR).

Amelia Welt Katzen

Amelia Welt Katzen

Amelia Katzen is a founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Jewish News Service, Inc. (JNS.org), a news service providing news and analysis about Israel and the Middle East to Jewish, Christian and secular media outlets. She is a founding board member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), as well as the Board of Directors of the Boston Lyric Opera. She has served on the board of the Solomon Schechter Day School, the Civil Rights Committee of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, and several committees of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.   Amelia was previously Senior Enforcement Counsel for Region 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a commercial real estate attorney.  She attended Cornell University (A.B.), University of Chicago (M.A., M.A.T.) and Harvard and University of Pennsylvania Law Schools (J.D.).

Leah Soibel

Leah Soibel

Leah Soibel launched Source Latina (FL) in December 2012 in response to a growing demand for Latino media greater access to information in Spanish about Israel and the Middle East. Aware of the need to communicate with rigor and independence which means Israel and the Middle East in Spanish, Leah creates FL, the only Israeli organization dedicated proactively Latino media, in Israel and in the world, in its own language and in real time. Hispanic American and Israeli origin, Leah Soibel has spent over a decade working with media speaking, both in Israel and in other countries. During all this time he has specialized in providing millions of Spanish speakers an accurate picture of Israel through events for media, interviews with experts, information and organizing even helicopter tours sessions, all with the aim of improving the external knowledge the reality of the country. Through this experience, Leah Soibel has become the largest specialist Israel in Spanish-language media and disseminate their knowledge to hundreds of journalists and Latino leaders. In addition to his work as head of Fuente America, writes regularly a column in the Journal of the Americas in Miami and is often interviewed by means of television and radio of Spanish language on subjects of highly topical security in the region and Iranian influence in Latin America. Leah founded his project Source America after working for seven years at The Israel Project, the last two as director of Spanish Media Program. Previously, he worked for the intelligence services. Within academia, Leah is attached Education Program in National Security at the American University of Cairo, where he also holds a diploma in Arabic, awarded by the prestigious Institute of Arabic Language in the same institution. It also has a degree in History of the Middle East by Dickinson College, an MA in Security Policy Studies George Washington University, and has completed doctoral courses in political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leah speaks English, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic, and read Portuguese and Persian.

Jennifer LeClaire

Jennifer LeClaire

Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma magazine. She also serves as director of Awakening House of Prayer, co-founder of AwakeningTV.com, and a senior leader of New Breed Revival Network. She has written over 15 books, including the best-selling Mornings With the Holy Spirit and The Next Great Move of God. Some of her work is archived in the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Museum and her materials have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Korean. She frequently appears on TV and radio, including Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural, TBN, USA Today, BBC and CBN. She is affiliated with the United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (USCAL), Network Ekklessia International, and Forerunner Ministries.

Nilsa Alvarez

Nilsa Alvarez

Born in Orlando, Florida on September 5th, 1984, Nilsa Alvarez was raised in a Christian household with her family from Puerto Rico. At an early age, she was proactive in evangelism, youth leadership, ministry training, worship leading, and missions to over 7 countries. At the age of 17, she became the producer and radio host of “Genex”, the first Hispanic Christian Youth Radio Show in South Florida on La Nueva 88.3 FM. She then married Pastor Gerardo Alvarez at 19 and entered the full-time ministry work in both Worship & the Young Adults’ Network of “Comunidad Cristiana Pembroke Pines” and became a licensed minister with ICCM in November of 2007 and continues to serve as such to this day.

As songwriters, Gerardo & Nilsa, who wrote for their congregation, as well as for other local Christian artists, finally launched their own worship album “Todo a Cristo” and “All For King Jesus” (in English) in October of 2012 which is currently streaming in 45 countries. Nilsa is also a volunteer coordinator for Premier Productions every time they come down to South Florida with events such as: Winter Jam, Hillsong Tours, & the Extreme Worship Conferences. While serving the Miami area, she was moved to expand what is called the “Backpack Program” so that children facing hunger over the weekend in South Florida can receive meals and be served by local organizations adopting Title One Schools in their area. This movement is now an organization called My City Alive in which Nilsa is presently the General Manager and Board Member working towards getting this program running in Broward County.

In June of 2014, both Gerardo & Nilsa became Advisory Board members of HILC: The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition and went on to be guest speakers at the International Summit for Israel in alliance with CUFI, AIPAC, ICEJ, The Jewish Federations from across South Florida, and served alongside Ambassador Ron Dermer, Malcolm Hoenlein, Susan Michael, congressmen from both political parties, prominent Christian pastors, and others. With HILC Youth, they have worked to help create awareness of antisemitism on college campuses across South Florida and bring in support from local youth groups leaders. In September of 2015, Nilsa set out with politically active pastors of the SFMA as their spokesperson for the #StandWithGod Movement that engaged over 100 churches across the State in pro-active support of Israel and hold politicians from both sides of the aisle responsible for protecting the alliance between America and Israel. With HILC, they have worked to unite the different pastors’ associations and Jewish Federations which proved successful when they were able to send over 200 pastors to lobby in favor of the Anti-BDS Bill which PASSED in Tallahassee and then partake of Governor Rick Scott’s ceremony to sign it into law which now prohibits businesses in our state to engage with businesses abroad involved in the boycott of Israeli products and services.