By Eliana Rudee
At this year’s 36th Annual A Night To Honor Israel event at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, held by John Hagee Ministries (JHM), 16 charity and nonprofit Israeli and Jewish organizations were presented with more than $2.1 in donations.
Each year, the donations from JHM’s national television audience are given out at this annual event to allow various nonprofit organizations to continue their work for Israel and the Jewish people. Carrying out the Biblical mandate to bless Israel, JHM has raised over $100 million for Israeli and Jewish charities. At the 2015 “Night to Honor Israel” event, JHM presented $3.2 Million to 23 Israeli charities, and at the event in 2016, the organization gave $2.2 million to 21 charities.
Pastor John Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church and the founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Israel grassroots organization in the US. A Night To Honor Israel also sets records as one of the longest-running Christian Zionist events in America.
This year, Pastor John Hagee’s address focused on the Iran nuclear deal, lauding President Donald Trump’s efforts “to change the Iran nuclear agreement or cancel the agreement.”
Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of Congregation Rodfei Sholom praised Pastor John Hagee for his support of Israel. Through the establishment of this annual event, Rabbi Scheinberg said, Hagee has declared, “Israel, you are not alone. Christians support you, America supports you, we love you, and we shall stand by you.”
He concluded, “Jews count by increments of 18, which is the number for life. Tonight the 36th anniversary of the Night to Honor Israel reminds us of the life and love that Pastor Hagee has infused both in Christians and Jews.”
Cornerstone Church’s Executive Pastor and the son of Pastor John Hagee, Matt Hagee, focused his address on the Biblical imperative to support and bless Israel. “Just as Christians teach our children the importance of being kind to the stranger, the widow and the orphan, so too must we teach them that Christians have a Biblical mandate to stand with Israel. As any parent will tell you, the best way to instill values in the next generation is to lead by example, and we hope that when young men and women see JHM’s efforts to support Israel and its people they will take note and do likewise when they are able,” he said.
This year, these were the organizations honored by JHM and the amounts they received:
$250,000 – Save a Child’s Heart
This gift was given for pediatric intensive care services.
$200,000 – Nefesh B’Nefesh
This gift was given for the immigration and assimilation of Jewish families in Israel
$150,000 – Bikur V’Ezras Cholim
This gift was given for the continued construction of a pediatric unit.
$150,000 – Netanya Academic College
This gift was given for the integration of new Jewish immigrants to the workforce.
$75,000 – Afikim Family Enrichment Association
This gift was given for the enrichment, education, and welfare of at-risk families.
$75,000 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
This gift was given for the continued humanitarian support of Holocaust survivors.
$75,000 – The American Friends of the International Young Israel movement
This gift was given for the benefit of hearing impaired children.
$75,000 – Just One Life
This gift was given for the pro-life counseling of expectant mothers.
$75,000 – Galilee Medical Center
This gift was given for the ongoing healing efforts of Arabs, Christians, and Jews in the Galilee.
$75,000 – Herzl Institute
This gift was given for the training of the next generation of pro-Israel leadership.
$75,000 – Ohr Torah Stone
This gift was given for the Biblical study programs between Christians and Jews.
$75,000 – Shurat Hadin
This gift was given for the legal support of victims of terror.
$50,000 – Congregation Beth Yeshurun
This gift was given in honor of Rabbi Emeritus Jack Segal, for the rebuilding of the Synagogue after the destruction of hurricane Harvey.
$50,000 – Holocaust Museum of Houston
This gift was given in memory of Henia Liebman, for continuance of education and remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and honoring the legacy of the survivors.
$50,000 – Women’s International Zionist Organization
This gift was given for the education and welfare of Jewish families in need for the dormitory of the Nir-Haemek Youth Village.
$50,000 – Koby Mandell Foundation
This gift was given for the support of victims of terror.
This article originally appeared on Breaking Israel News; reprinted with permission.