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SENATE CONFIRMS DAVID FRIEDMAN AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL

Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition congratulates David Friedman on his Senate Confirmation as Ambassador to Israel.

Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) helped secure David M. Friedman’s confirmation as Ambassador to Israel, making him the first of President Trump’s selected foreign emissaries to take his post.

Many anti-Israel organizations pressured the Senate to defeat Friedman’s nomination. Ambassador Friedman earned the support of 52-to-46 of the Senate including two Democratic Senators, Sens. Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Joe Manchin III (W.Va.).

In mid-January, NHCLC/HILC Leadership gathered twenty of its national leaders with leadership from Christians United for Israel for an emergency Washington Summit to lobby in support of Friedman’s nomination.

On January 31, 2017, HILC hosted more than 70 Evangelical heads of major evangelical organizations in Washington D.C. to meet with David Friedman and to mobilize the grass root effort for his support.

Additionally, we launched Action Alerts to encourage phone calls and e-mails to Senators.

Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, posted his congratulations on Twitter, saying he was “looking forward to working closely with you to make the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever.”

Netanyahu tweeted, “New US ambassador to Israel David Friedman will be warmly welcomed as President Trump’s representative and as a close friend of Israel.”

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition is a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC/CONEL) is the largest pro-Israel International Latino Christian organization in America and in the world. HILC’s mission is to engage, empower, and equip the Latino Christian evangelical community in full support of Israel and the Jewish community around the world. http://www.hispanicisraelcoalition.org ​​​​​​​

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En medio de tensiones crecientes, cristianos se congregan cerca del Monte del Templo para liderar la Oración Global por Jerusalén

Como consecuencia de varios brutales ataques terroristas alrededor del Monte del Templo durante el fin de semana, cientos de personas se reunieron el domingo en la histórica Iglesia de Cristo en la vieja ciudad de Jerusalén para orar. Estas personas fueron acompañadas por millones de cristianos unidos a nivel mundial para el Día de Oración por la Paz de Jerusalén (DPPJ).

Más de 1400 líderes cristianos mundiales apoyan este creciente movimiento de oración haciendo un llamado a los creyentes para interceder por la ciudad que Dios llama Suya y para invocar la bendición de Dios, los propósitos y el suministro para todo el pueblo de Jerusalén. El líder evangélico hispano, el Rev. Samuel Rodríguez, Presidente y Director General de la Conferencia Nacional de Líderes Hispanos Cristianos, supervisa más de 500,000 iglesias latinas a nivel mundial que participan cada año. El Dr. Jeff Farmer, Presidente de la Iglesia Pentecostal/Carismática de América del Norte (PCCNA) – que representa más de 480,000 iglesias y casi 90 millones de seguidores de Cristo en todo el mundo – también ha respaldado recientemente el DPPJ.

De más de 175 naciones, los creyentes se reunieron para orar en sus iglesias y en sus hogares desde ciudades hasta aldeas rurales, desde cabañas hasta mansiones, y desde catedrales hasta iglesias clandestinas en China y siete países musulmanes. También se sumaron a la intercesión a través de la aplicación de oración “Instapray” y en una teleconferencia de oración global de 24 horas.

Emitida por la cadena GOD TV para 500 millones de espectadores en más de 200 naciones, las personas también pudieron participar en la celebración especial de Jerusalén DPPJ – organizada por el Fundador / Director Ejecutivo de Eagles’ Wings, el Rev. Robert Stearns – en la Iglesia de Cristo en la vieja ciudad de Jerusalén. La Iglesia de Cristo es la iglesia protestante más antigua de Medio Oriente. El anfitrión, el pastor reverendo David Pileggi empezó el servicio con la oración y compartió “el lema de la Iglesia de Cristo desde 1830 ha sido: ‘Pedid por la paz de Jerusalén’.” Algunos de los oradores fueron: Anne Ayalon, Presidente del Galilian Project & Christian Friends de Magen David Adom de Israel (y la esposa del Exministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Israel, Daniel Ayalon); Ken Howard de Christian Friends of Israel; la Rev. Petra Heldt, de The Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity; Rick Ridings, Fundador de Succat Hallel; 24/7 House of Prayer; Peter Tsukahira, Director de Or HaCarmel Ministry Center; y el presentador principal Canon Andrew White – popularmente conocido como el “Vicario de Baghdad”.

Normalmente los presentadores invitados también incluyen muchos judíos religiosos y también líderes gubernamentales, pero este año, el primer domingo de octubre coincidió con la festividad de Simchat Torá, lo que limitó la participación judía.

Este movimiento de oración mundial multinacional y multidimensional se inició en el 2002 y es codirigido por los líderes cristianos evangélicos, el Rev. Robert Stearns, el Dr. Jack W. Hayford y el Dr. Paul Cedar.

Con más de 40 naciones representadas en el santuario y casi 200 naciones que observan la emisión, el Rev. Stearns emitió un fuerte desafío a las naciones: “No le pida a Dios que bendiga su ciudad a menos que usted bendigan Su ciudad – Jerusalén. No le pidan a Dios que bendiga su familia a menos que usted bendiga Su familia – el pueblo judío. ¡En Jerusalén veremos Al Mashiaj  (Mesías) reinar en la gloria y el poder!” También agregó, “Dios tiene una bendición tanto para los hijos de Isaac como para los hijos de Ismael”.

“El Vicario de Baghdad”, Canon Andrew White, quien fue educado en Jerusalén, tanto en la Universidad Hebrea como en una Yeshivá judía, compartió una historia de su trabajo actual como Presidente de la Fundación para la Ayuda y la Reconciliación en el Medio Oriente, lo cual lo llevó recientemente a reunir rabinos clave y varios ayatolás islámicos. Después de 3 desafiantes días juntos, los rabinos dijeron a los ayatolás: “Hemos escuchado su historia y ahora los amamos.” Los ayatolás respondieron a los rabinos: “En el pasado los odiábamos, pero hemos mirado en sus ojos; una vez ustedes fueron nuestros enemigos, pero ahora son nuestros amigos”, dijo White: “Dios está obrando entre nosotros. Lo que sabemos es que el Señor está aquí. En última instancia, vamos a ver salir el poder de Dios desde Israel a las naciones”.

La celebración del DPPJ en Jerusalén se saturó en oración por la ciudad y el pueblo de Dios. “Oramos para que como hermanos y hermanas cristianos ya no estemos en silencio entre las naciones… únenos con nuestros hermanos y hermanas judíos, porque juntos somos la familia del único y verdadero Dios,” Así oró Ken Howard de Christian Friends of Israel. El Rev. Dr. Heldt oró por los cinco huérfanos que acababan de perder a sus padres en Shabat de Sucot en un brutal ataque terrorista, lamentando que un gran momento de alabanza se convirtió en un gran momento de dolor. “Señor, te ruego que tomes el lugar de los padres de los niños que fueron asesinados por el odio de los hombres. Oramos por las naciones que están llenas de odio contra Jerusalén; por favor permite que su corazón sea tan tierno como el corazón de Abraham, quien te sirvió con toda su alma.” Como uno de los pocos líderes cristianos asiáticos en Israel, Peter Tsukahira oró para que Dios plantara una semilla en los corazones de los cristianos de todas las naciones de Asia y el Lejano Oriente, y que levantara a millones de esas tierras para “ser vigilantes en las paredes de Jerusalén.” Y como Jesús enseñó a Sus discípulos, Rick Ridings lideró aquellos que se reunieron para orar y pedir la bendición incluso sobre aquellos que querían perpetrar la violencia y el terror contra las comunidades judías y cristianas en el Medio Oriente.

Durante las 24 horas del 4 de octubre, Más de 500 creyentes de todo el mundo también oraron juntos a través de la Teleconferencia de Oración de 24 horas del DPPJ organizada por www.greatercalling.org. Las personas que llamaron representando a los muchos estados en los EE.UU. se unieron a los creyentes de las naciones, rezando un total de 17,472 minutos de oración, que es el equivalente a una persona que ora por la paz de Jerusalén sin parar durante más de 12 días.

Los medios sociales también fueron una parte clave el 4 de octubre, con los creyentes mundiales uniéndose entre sí en la oración por la paz de Jerusalén a través de la aplicación de la oración más importante del mundo, Instapray. Tan pronto como una persona lanzaba su oración escrita por Jerusalén, una multitud de personas de los EE.UU. y lugares como la India, Francia, Australia, Brasil, Mozambique, Corea del Sur, Nepal, Irak, Arabia Saudita, Indonesia, e incluso Irán, inmediatamente enviaban mensajes diciendo que ellos también habían orado esa oración por Jerusalén.

El Día de Oración por la Paz de Jerusalén – el primer domingo de cada octubre – es la mayor iniciativa de oración mundial enfocada en Jerusalén, con la participación de decenas de millones de creyentes que participan cada año de más de 175 naciones. La cual recibe el apoyo de prominentes líderes cristianos de todo el mundo, incluyendo a T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Michael W. Smith, Dick Eastman, Ron Luce, Kay Arthur, Jane Hansen Hoyt, K.P. Yohannan, Ravi Zacharias, Dr. Raleigh Washington, Kenneth Copeland, Lance Wallnau, Larry Stockstill, el obispo Charles Scott, The Newsboys, Dennis Balcombe, Sunday Adelaja y muchos más.

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New York summit advances Hispanic Christians’ pro-Israel momentum

Navigating security at the Consulate General of Israel in New York requires patience, but visitors attending the recent Latino-Jewish roundtable discussion at that venue were undeterred by long lines. On the contrary, a palpable sense of enthusiasm seemed to unite the dynamic guests of varying faiths as they filed through the metal detectors.

The much-anticipated March 11 event—hosted by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and its partners, the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC), the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Jewish Federations of North America—shed light on what religious leaders and diplomats alike call a “natural alliance” that is taking shape between Jews and evangelical Christians. The roundtable at the consulate capped an eventful two-day Israel Summit in New York for HILC, which was launched last year to galvanize the energy of the world’s nearly 150 million Hispanic evangelicals in support of Israel.

While waiting for the elevator, many guests reflected on the celebratory gathering that took place the previous evening, March 10, at the King Jesus Ministry in Astoria, N.Y. Several Jewish attendees expressed a shared sense of wonder for the zealous rituals and prayers they had witnessed as guests of the evangelical congregation. Feeling both welcome and appreciated, Israeli attendees now sought to show their brethren the same hospitality at the consulate.

Founded as a subsidiary and ministry of the NHCLC, HILC’s stated mission is to “engage the Latino Christians, America’s and the Western hemisphere’s fastest-growing ethnic and faith demographic, in the pro-Israel movement.” Reacting to rising anti-Semitism around the world as well as the propaganda campaign waged to undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state, the group seeks to establish a “firewall” of activists determined to defend Israel’s reputation and the country’s right to exist.

In his opening remarks, Amir Sagie—Israel’s deputy consul general in New York—issued a stark appraisal of the current state of affairs in the Middle East. “On Israel’s northern border and in the south, we can see ISIS flags flying in Syria and Egypt,” he said. The purpose of the Israel Summit and future events, he explained, is to help HILC form a task force that can identify resources and devise effective strategies to generate support for Israel.

“We’ll work with anyone who is willing to help,” Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents, an umbrella body representing 50 national Jewish groups, told JNS.org. Similar to other participants, Hoenlein is impressed by the compatibility of Jews and evangelical Christians as well as the healing tone that they have managed to strike through collaboration.

Jeff Mendelsohn, national outreach director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), observed, “Hispanics have one thing we (Jews) do not, and that is numbers.” Throughout the roundtable discussion, impressive figures were quoted, estimating the global population of Latin Americans to be in the area of 500 million.

“There are 500,000 evangelical churches in existence in the Americas,” Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of HILC, told JNS.org.

“The younger generation is seeking a more intimate experience with God,” said Bramnick, explaining why traditional Roman Catholics and others are attracted to evangelical Christianity, given its reputation for inspirational and fervent prayer rituals.

Asked what, specifically, evangelical Christians love about Israel—be it the country’s biblical past, the present reality, or whether Christians envision a brilliant future for the Holy Land—Bramnick offered a patient perspective lodged in his deep-seated respect for both New Testament and Old Testament theology. “This is a spiritual issue. We (evangelical Christians) respect the mandate that we have from Genesis I, that God gave Jews the land in a covenant to be honored in perpetuity,” he said.

Bramnick also acknowledged the fact that evangelical Christianity predicts various “end-times scenarios,” a chronology of symbolic events that presumably will usher in the Messiah in the Holy Land. The pastor is not averse to entertaining discussion of apocalyptic prophecies among his adherents, but he prefers to focus on the present challenges facing Christians across the Middle East.

“Israel is the only place in the region where the Christian community is flourishing,” he said.

Decrying any insinuation that HILC is political in nature, Bramnick said of this growing Latino-Jewish collaborative endeavor, “This is one of the great positive humanitarian efforts. We share a force for change in the world.” Israel, he reasoned, is where the evangelical community can make a profound difference.

Following opening statements at the roundtable, the large group broke up into three separate committees to discuss the specific initiatives that HILC has set in motion. These focus areas include pro-Israel advocacy; the establishment of international outreach for education and community building in Latin America; and advocacy concerning immigration, anti-bullying efforts, and the Syrian refugee crisis. The partner groups attending the summit acknowledged a humanitarian imperative to address these issues. Likewise, HILC’s leadership senses an opportunity to facilitate important conversations that can enable positive consensus among disparate religious communities, ultimately leading to conflict resolution. Many of the Israel Summit guests hailing from South American countries were eager to promote a major event scheduled for July 16-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in which HILC—in coordination with the Israeli Foreign Ministry—is a convener for The Global Forum Combating Anti-Semitism, the first conference of its kind in Latin America.

Through the work of HILC and others, impassioned forces are coalescing to counter a daunting threat to the ethnic and religious heritage that Jews, Christians, and Muslims all share.

“God has a plan for Ishmael, and God loves the Arab,” Bramnick said, underlining the sensitivity that his movement expresses toward Muslims living in Israel and elsewhere. HILC has adopted an approach that seeks to re-educate communities where persistent racism and radicalization has tarnished hopes for coexistence, thereby bridging gaps of understanding between Jews and Arabs. Such an effort may take even more patience than waiting in line to pass through security, but the enthusiasm on display at the NY Israel Summit offers a sign that forward-thinking gospel is beginning to resonate.

Original article can be read here: http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2016/3/20/vwrn5q4r5c0y69jkcoyyasskp2faal#.VvCoZJMrLdc=

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Hadassah announces partnership with pro-Israel Hispanic evangelical Christian group

The women’s Zionist organization Hadassah has announced an alliance with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and its subsidiary, the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC), in order to mobilize Hispanic evangelical Christians in support of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) humanitarian efforts in Israel.

The partnership will formally launch with an “Israel Solidarity Day” celebration Dec. 4, where there NHCLC and HILC will invite their pastors, churches and congregations nationwide to participate in a day of special offering in support of Hadassah’s Emergency Preparedness Center at its Jerusalem-based hospital.

NHCLC calls itself the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, which was noted by Hadassah National President Ellen Hershkin in her comments on the new partnership.

“[NHCLC and HILC’s] support and engagement will play a vital role in HMO’s ability to continue to provide world-class medical care to the people of Israel and beyond. Together, we will continue to save lives and build ‘bridges to peace,’” said Hershkin.

Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of HILC, said the “sanctity and security” of Israel is a priority for Hispanic evangelical Christians.

“We are honored to support Hadassah’s mission in caring for the country and its people. This partnership enables us to fulfill our founding mission to engage, empower and equip the Latino born-again evangelical community in full support of Israel and the Jewish community around the world,” he said.

Hadassah’s two Jerusalem hospitals—at Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem—have been on the forefront of developing world-class medical services in Israel, including providing the Jewish state with its first nursing, medical and dental schools as well as the country’s first cancer care center, burn unit and neo-natal care center.

Original post can be read here: http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/11/18/hadassah-announces-partnership-with-pro-israel-hispanic-evangelical-christian-group#.WDNC3xArKjQ=

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Hadassah Partners with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition on “National Israel Solidarity Day” – Sunday, Dec, 4th

(October 21, 2016 – New York, NY) – Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., (HWZOA) announces an historic alliance with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and its subsidiary, the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC). The partnership launches Sunday, December 4th with “National Israel Solidarity Day” to mobilize the Hispanic Christian Evangelical Movement in support of Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) humanitarian efforts in caring for the people and country of Israel. The Hispanic Christian Evangelical Movement is North America’s fastest-growing ethnic and faith community.

On Sunday, December 4th, the NHCLC and the HILC will invite their pastors, churches and congregations nationwide to participate in a day of special offering in support of Hadassah’s Emergency Preparedness Center at its Jerusalem-based hospital.

Ellen Hershkin, Hadassah’s National President, states, “This partnership aligns Hadassah with the world’s largest and most well-respected Hispanic Christian Evangelical Community. Their support and engagement will play a vital role in HMO’s ability to continue to provide world-class medical care to the people of Israel and beyond. Together, we will continue to save lives and build ‘bridges to peace.’”

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, President of the NHCLC, states, “Hadassah reflects the light in a time of darkness, despair, destruction and violence. If there would be more organizations like Hadassah, the world would certainly be a better place.”

Pastor Mario Bramnick, President of the HILC states, “The sanctity and security of Israel is of primary importance to the Hispanic Christian Evangelical Community. We are honored to support Hadassah’s’ mission in caring for the country and its people. This partnership enables us to fulfill our founding mission to engage, empower and equip the Latino born-again evangelical community in full support of Israel and the Jewish community around the world.”

Founded by HWZOA, the Hadassah Medical Organization’s two Jerusalem hospitals – Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem have been pioneers in developing world-class medical services in Israel and the Middle East. The impressive list of trailblazing, lifesaving achievements including Israel’s first nursing, medical and dental schools and Israel’s first cancer care center, burn unit and neo-natal care center has earned HMO an international reputation for excellence. HMO serves as a model for other hospitals in Israel and around the world and remains the leading trauma unit in Israel and the only Level 1-A trauma unit in Jerusalem. For more information, visit: www.hadassah-med.com

The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition is a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC/CONEL) and is the largest International Latino Christian organization in America and in the world. The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition exists to engage, empower and equip the Latino born-again evangelical community in full support of Israel and the Jewish community around the world. For more information, please visit: www.hispanicisraelcoalition.com


Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), founded in 1912, is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, Associates and supporters Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on critical issues such as medical care and research, women’s empowerment, and the health, care and concern of the people of Israel. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization’s two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org

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