Become a Sponsor-Join JCRC of SNJ at our 54th Annual Middle East Institute!


The JCRC of SNJ invites you to join us for our 54th Annual Middle East Institute March 12, 2023, 7:00pm! VIP reception 5:30pm!

Event location: Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street, Voorhees NJ!

Become a Sponsor to meet and greet our event Keynote Speaker, Dumisani Washington, at the 5:30pm Sponsor/VIP reception! He is a pastor, musician, and author who will speak about Israel and her right to exist and live in peace with her neighbors. His music is an artistic form of a pro-Israel message, celebrating the Nation of Israel. He is also the Founder and CEO of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI), which strengthens the relationship between Israel and people of African descent through education and advocacy. Dumisani Washington’s newest book, Zionism and The Black Church: Why Standing with Israel Will be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century”, is a discussion of Africa’s ancient connection to Israel and the Jewish people, and the historic Black-Jewish synergy in America. It explains the foundation of spiritual Zionism among Black people, and why that foundation will always inform Black support for Israel. 

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Our event honorees for 2023:

Recipient this year of our JCRC Israel Advocacy Award is Rabbi Aaron Krupnick, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth El in Voorhees New Jersey! Rabbi Krupnick has made Israel education and advocacy cornerstones of his rabbinate and he is proud of his congregation's deep commitment to the Jewish State. Rabbi Krupnick is a staunch supporter of Israel and the JCRC of SNJ. After 28 years at the helm of Beth El, he has held numerous positions in the community inspiring and educating congregants of all ages. His passion for Israel is evident in the many missions he has led to Israel as well leading a dedicated contingent of congregants to the AIPAC National Conference in Washington, D.C. for many years. Plus, he successfully ran the largest Israel Bonds Campaign in the region.

Recipient this year of our JCRC Next Gen Israel Advocacy Award is Kyle Lehrfeld! This annual award is presented to young adults who have demonstrated exemplary strides to increase education and awareness of Israel in their communities. Passionate in the world of combatting hatred and bigotry, Kyle strives each day to inform others about issues relating to combatting antisemitism and anti-Zionism. Kyle currently serves as South Jersey's Regional Moreh of BBYO and is a recipient of the Jewish Federation of Men’s Clubs, Youth of the Year.

Video: Watch Pastor Dumisani Washington discuss the Israel-Palestinian Conflict!

Dumisani Washington on Palestinians and Israel

Learn about The Hebrew Project and Hear Original Music Written, Arranged and Produced by Dumisani and Joshua Washington

The Hebrew Project: Thier Mission and Orginal Songs

In 2021, The Jewish Exponent ran an article about the African connection to Israel and it quotes the Keynote Speaker at Minnesota's Eighth Annual Africa Night, Dumisani Washington. The link to the article is below:

Rabbi to Speak at Africa Night to Honor Israel - Jewish Exponent: On Dumisani Washington

According to Washington, a Christian interpretation of Psalm 68 calls on African nations to stand in solidarity with Israel. “Africa must lead,” Washington said. “It is paramount that we, as pastors, preach biblical Zionism, which we define as Israel’s right to live in peace with its neighbors, that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people,” Washington said. “Historically, they are indigenous.”

The Cherry Hill Sun on our MEI23 Event:

JCRC of Southern NJ’s Middle East Institute conference has interfaith focus - The Sun Newspapers