Sunday, March 12th - 7:00pm 


Congregation Beth El - Voorhees, NJ

VIP and Sponsor reception beginning at 5:30pm 


The Middle East Institute is an annual conference designed to educate the community and foster understanding about current topics relevant to Israel and the Middle East through experts with varying perspectives and backgrounds. It is the Jewish Community Relations Council annual showcase event and fundraiser which provides the necessary funding for our Israel Advocacy Initiative, Understanding Israel program, Teen Training programs and our Israel Educational Forum. 

Keynote Speaker:


Dumisani Washington

Pastor Dumisani Washington is 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. IBSI also condemns the “Zionism is racism” ideology; defends Israel’s right to live in peace with its Arab neighbors; and seeks to help cultivate a mutually beneficial Israel-Africa alliance. Previously Washington served as the Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the over 10-million-member Christians United for Israel (CUFI).


Dumisani is a pastor, professional musician who graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and an author whose latest book is the second edition of Zionism & the Black Church: Why Standing with Israel Will be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century.


Israel Advocacy Award:


 Rabbi Aaron Krupnick

Rabbi Aaron Krupnick grew up in Philadelphia and its suburbs.  He knew he wanted to be a congregational Rabbi from the first grade. Rabbi Krupnick first visited Israel when he was 10 years old with his parents and grandparents. He has since been back countless times, as recently as 6 weeks ago.  He has made Israel education and advocacy cornerstones of his rabbinate, and is proud of his congregation's deep commitment to the Jewish State.  Rabbi Krupnick and his wife, Dr. Helene Herman Krupnick, a New Jersey native, moved to Cherry HIll in 1994 when Rabbi Krupnick began his 28-year tenure at Congregation Beth El.  They have two adult children, Ellie (and her husband, Daniel) and Alex.  


Rabbi is a past President of the Tri County Board of Rabbis of South Jersey and the Philadelphia Region of the Rabbinical Assembly.  He was twice honored as Beth El's Men's Club Man of the Year.

Next Gen Israel Advocacy Award:


 Stay Tuned for our Award Recipent!

Event Sponsorships


VIP tickets start at $180 and includes a ticket to our VIP reception prior to the program. Event sponsorships are available beginning at $500 and include increasing benefits and exposure for individuals and corporations.


Click here to see the Event Sponsor Benefits


Sponsor Deadlines 

Ad/Tribute Deadline - February 9th 

Ticket Pricing 


$36 - General Admission 

$25 Current Year JCRC Patrons and JCRC Life and Legacy Members 

No Charge - Students



Not able to attend the Middle East Institute, but would like to make a contribution to honor Rabbi Aaron Krupnick?


(Select JCRC 54th Annual Middle East Institute in Designation drop down) 

Thank You to our Middle East Institute Sponsors

Middle East Institue Co-Chairs 

Robin Sue Landsburg and Benjamin Landsburg


Celestine & Jeffrey Berg

Caryn & David Bross / Bross & Frankel, Disability Benefit Attorneys

The Friends of Israel


Susan & Yaakov Bagley

Leonard Berman

Stacey & Martin Chazin

Len Feldman

Ann-Linn & Larry Glaser

Michael Greenspun

Judy & Steve Herzberg

Julie Ketover

Paula Luborsky

Henry Maurer

Ann Miller

Nancy Denenberg & Steve Osder

Ellen Podell

Kameron Rabenou

Stacy & Ed Rivkin

Jerold Rothkoff

Sam Schwartz

Richard Selznick

Robin & Jeff Shacket

Joyce Shoff

Naomi & Mike Tillinger

Lynne & Diego Warszawski

Vicki & Brian Zell


Pamela & Robert Benedon


Gail & Robert Belfer

Sherri & Alan Breslow

Harold G. Cohen

Stefanie & Steve Cohen

Michele & Curt Golkow

Heather & Mark Kramer

Robin Sue & Bill Landsburg

Randee & Alan Moldoff

Jamie & Jesse Richman

Sharon & Jay Ruder

Allison & David Snyder

Jen & Jim Weiss

Judy & Len Wizmur

Sally & Andrew Zeiberg