ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We will have an advisory board made up of key Christian and Jewish leaders. The following leaders have agreed to serve on the advisory board: Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America, Betty Ehrenberg, President of the World Jewish Congress, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Israel and Chancellor and Rosh Yeshiva of the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, Heather Johnston, Founder and Director of JH Israel, Pastor Carlos Campo, NHCLC Chair of the Alliance for Hispanic Education, Pastor Juan Rivera, Pastor Chris Garcia, Lourdes Aguirre, Founder of Eres America, Sammy Eppel, Director of B’nai Brith, Rev. Pasqual Urrabazo , NHCLC Government Affairs, George Michael, President & CEO Advanced Language Services, Pastor Steven Khoury, Vice President of Holy Land Mission and Pastor Mani Erfan, Head of the Iranian Underground Church.
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, 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 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.
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Yeshiva University, having majored in the classics, and received his Masters degree, in Jewish History. In 1982 Rabbi Riskin was awarded his PhD. in near-Eastern Studies by New York University and received Semicha – Rabbinical ordination – from Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Seminary.
Rabbi Riskin is one of the founders and the first spiritual leader of the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, which he led for 19 years. In 1983, at the peak of his profession, he left New York to become the rabbi of Efrat, a new Israeli city 8 miles south of Jerusalem, which he helped found and establish. Efrat is now a flourishing community of close to 12,000 people.
Rabbi Riskin founded and serves as Chancellor and Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of over 3,000 students ranging from junior-high schools to post-graduate programs preparing the leaders for world Jewry. Each program is characterized by a synthesis of Jewish values, Zionist ideals and a commitment to social justice. Rabbi Riskin’s Rabbinical Seminary and Practical Rabbinics Program trains dozens of rabbis each year preparing them for positions in pulpits around the world. Rabbi Riskin sees as his mission the education of a new generation of religious and lay-leaders for Israel and for Jews everywhere.
Ohr Torah Stone’s revolutionary programs include: a Legal Aid Center for Agunot, a women’s “hesder” program enabling observant women to serve in the Israeli army, the first and only program enabling men and women with developmental disabilities to spend a year in Israel, and a program exposing secular Israelis to the relevance of their Jewish culture and heritage.
A teacher par excellence, Rabbi Riskin has been hailed for his ability to craft his words so that they reach every listener in a highly personal way. He is also an innovative interpreter of Judaism, having authored the following books:
- The Rebellious Wife: Women and Jewish Divorce – an in-depth analysis of women and Jewish Divorce
- Yad L’isha – A groundbreaking book examining the plight of the aguna with proof that Jewish Law allows a woman to intitiate divorce proceedings.
- The Passover Haggadah with a traditional and contemporary commentary.
- Around the Family Table – a comprehensive Bencher and comprehensive bencher and companion for Shabbat and Festival meals.
- Torah Lights – Genesis: Confronts Life, Love and Family
- Torah Lights – Exodus: Defines the Birth of a Nation
- Torah Lights – Vayikra: Sacrifice, Sanctity and Silence
- Torah Lights – Bemidbar: Trials and Tribulations in Times of Transition
- Listening to God – Inspirational stories for my grandchildren
His regular Parashat Shavua columns and articles appear weekly in the Jerusalem Post as well as in dozens of newspapers and magazines throughout the world.
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.
Since becoming the eighth president of Regent University in 2010,Dr. Carlos Campo has committed to bring Regent to an even higher level of Christ-first excellence in academics, spiritual vitality, global impact and servant-leadership to change the world. He is also focused on championing Regent as a premier regional asset to the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and a collaborative partner in the community.
Dr. Campo joined Regent as vice president of academic affairs in 2008, following a 20-year career in academia. He has been recognized in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” and as an “Outstanding Educator” and “Educator of the Year” by local and national organizations. The New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation has also recognized Dr. Campo for his support of their scholarships.
Dr. Campo was one of approximately 160 leaders from across the country invited to attend The Army War College’s 57th Annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Penn. He was also named to the Inside Business 2012 Power List, a list of individuals in the Hampton Roads, Va., region are who are rising to the top among local leaders.
Dr. Campo currently serves on educational and scholarly boards and organizations, among them the International Association of University Presidents, the National Council on Foreign Relations, the American Literature Association, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Smart Beginnings, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the National Alliance for Hispanic Christian Education, the American Center for Law and Justice, Virginia Beach Vision, the International Shakespeare Association and the Arthur Miller Society.
Among his community service activities are volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Walk for Life, Community Pride Neighborhood Clean-Up and a number of relief efforts.
Dr. Campo’s media appearances and interviews have included FOX News’ Hannity (as a member of the show’s “Great, Great American Panel”); CBN News; the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show; HOPE-FM Radio (the Christian radio station with the most listeners in Africa); FOX News Latino; the Christian Science Monitor; the Virginian-Pilot; the Geraldo Rivera Radio Show; Inside Higher Education; the Chronicle of Higher Education; Life Design TV in Medellin, Colombia; the Hispanic Christian Post; and Charisma magazine. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.
Dr. Campo and his wife, Karen, have been married more than 30 years and have three adult children.
Pastor Juan Rivera has a tremendous passion for God’s Word coupled with a love for God’s people. He has a contagious spirit of revival and reformation that overflows throughout every facet of his ministry.
His heart is to see people equipped in their gifts and callings.
Pastor Juan and his wife, Deidre, obediently fulfill their calling as Lead Pastors of New Life Church in Poland, Ohio. They passionately pursue the heart of their community and the nations to see individuals and families live an extraordinary story for God.
Pastor Christian Garcia is the Senior Pastor of Ekklesia Miami, a long standing Hispanic congregation in the West Kendall area in Miami-Dade County. It is comprised of first and second generation immigrants. Ekklesia Miami serves the community through many outreach programs and a special emphasis on serving children and youth.
Pastor Chris was born on January 26, 1977 the son of Cuban immigrants. He gave his life to the Lord in 1995 at the age of 18 and has not turned back since. He was ordained intro ministry in 2001 and began his work as youth pastor transitioning to associate pastor and is now currently Senior Pastor of Ekklesia Miami. He is the product of intentional generational leadership development and positioning. He places an emphasis on making disciples for Christ deeply rooted in God’s word. He is passionate about expanding the kingdom of God from one generation to another.
Pastor Chris’ dual culture and ability to communicate well in English and Spanish brings many positive benefits as he is able to fully engage recent and second generation immigrants while identifying with the general community. This fluidity positions him to lead Ekklesia Miami to fulfill its vision and carry out God’s purpose in each person that considers it their spiritual home. Moreover, his passion for the un-churched is evidenced by his commitment to preach the gospel at home and abroad by equipping the saints with God’s word, His character and His lifestyle.
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 year old and Jeremy Josiah is 1.
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. Lourdes Aguirre is also a Real Estate Developer and award winning Realtor. Currently she chairs the boards of several political and faith based organizations. Amongst others, she currently Executive Secretary of “Mujeres de Esperanza Board, a ministry of Esparanza USA, a leading National Ministry representing the Hispanic Community. She is one of the leading political activist in Miami-Dade County with a heart for serving and in 2008 she ran for County Commissioner. Mrs. Aguirre is a the Chairman of the Miami Bethany Community Center annual Thanksgiving Celebration which feeds over 12,000 needy people in Miami-Dade County. She is also the chair person for the annual “Bethany Community Center Academy and Orchestra” an event which raises funds for elementary and middle school children offering instruction and music theory as well as performance of classical music to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity of a fine arts program. 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. Most recently, Lourdes Aguirre participated in a U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations ECOSOC Chambers in New York City, advocating for Christians and Jews martyred daily for their faith. Lourdes Aguirre is an active member of the Board of Hispanic Association of Pastors of South Florida, working with over 600 ministries in the local Miami-Dade-Broward and West Palm Beach Counties.
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 current 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.
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 in important conferences of Evangelican organizations, CUFI, NHCLC 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, 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, 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.
Pasqual Urrabazo serves as an Associate Pastor at the International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV), overseeing Missions and Men’s Ministries. Pastor Pasqual is a native of Las Vegas, and brings his extensive knowledge of the city, and especially the Hispanic community, to the ICLV family. Pasqual literally came up through the ranks of the church, starting out as a custodian, eventually becoming head of maintenance for church, and after attending Bible College, joined the staff as a pastor. 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.
Pastor Pasqual is known for his passion to see people set free through the power of the Holy Spirit, and for prophetic gifting and insight. Through his lifestyle, he demonstrates the qualities of a true servant in his family, the local fellowship, and in the Kingdom of God.
“Growing up on the Mission field for twenty years has not only taught me the life of a missionary but also the struggles and battles of every believer.
God has burdened my heart in a great way. He has shown me that Arabs can come to salvation; He has shown me that Jews can come to the MESSIAH, and that the people in Israel are losing hope in life. Seeing people bleed every day, and seeing a person one day and gone the next because of violence has made me appreciate life.”
Throughout the entire country of Israel there is only 15,000 born again Christians who are daily persecuted by the other two dominating religions. Pastor Steven has seen church members attacked, discriminated against, and lose of income all for the sake of the Gospel. Several believers under his ministry have been martyred, including his own uncle, and several youth girls who invited children to VBS. Persecution has always faced Pastor Steven’s life growing up as an Arab pastor during the intifadas’.
Today, 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 Steven has recently published, “Diplomatic Christianity” and has been discussed in several books and interview by organizations such as CBN and ICEJ. He currently writes religious articles for Al-Quds, the largest Arabic newspaper in the Holy Land.
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”.
Shortly after moving to Houston Texas, Mani started attending Lakewood Church and was called into the ministry in 1991. Gods calling was to preach the Gospel to the Muslim world. Over the next 10 years Mani pastored two churches in Houston and Austin and helped lead several hundred Muslims to the Lord.
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.
“A New Vision”
In addition to the work of ministry overseas, Mani has a strong desire and prophetic vision to help the local Church usher in the presence and Glory of God. To be an instrument of change to have all experience the same power and glory that touched him at the time of his conversion.