The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) will celebrate Israel’s 75thDiamond Anniversary with two gala events in May.
The events will be held in Nashville on May 7 from 6–9 p.m. at the Factory at Franklin, Liberty Hall,230 Franklin Road, Franklin, Tennessee, and in Washington, D.C., on May 17 from 6–9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.
Seventy-five years ago, on May 14, 1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion read Israel’s Declaration of Independence at the Tel Aviv Museum. For the first time in more than 1,800 years, there was aJewish nation in the Middle East. Israel had been reborn.
“We in the Christian community celebrate Israel’s existence for a number of political, moral, and spiritual reasons,” said Dr. Susan Michael, director of ICEJ USA. “But mostimportantly, Israel’s thriving existence is evidence of God’s faithfulness to fulfillHis promises to the Jewish people.He planted them in the Land of Promise, and they are becoming a light to the nations, leading the world in science, technology, innovation,and volunteerism. That is to be celebrated.”
The two events will each have a different focus and lineupof guests:
At the Nashville gala, Hananya Naftali, a leading member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s social media team, will serve as the keynote speaker. “Hananya will address the importance of taking a stand for Israel in the public space, including on social media,” Michael said. “He is a young, vibrant,and important voice, and we are blessed to have him.”
Two Dove Award-winning singers and songwriters,Nicole C. Mullen and Aaron Shust, will perform in Nashville along with the Nashville Praise Symphony.
For the Washington,D.C. gala, the keynotespeaker is Jason Greenblatt, architect of the Abraham Accords, a peace treaty normalizing relations between Israel and several neighboring Arab nations. Brokered by the U.S. and signed initially by Israel, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain on September 15, 2020, other signees now include Moroccoand Sudan. “One facet of what we celebrate isthe Abraham Accords,” Michael said. “These accords are a tremendous miracle and achievement in peace.” The ICEJ will also honor Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin for his stand against antisemitism.
Both 75th anniversary events are cohosted by the ICEJ, the Swanson Companies, and the American Christian Leaders for Israel(ACLI)network. ACLI collectively representstens of millions of Americansand seeksto provide a unified voice of truth to the American public in support of Israel and the Jewish people.
Platinum Sponsors for the events include The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Israel Allies Foundation, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, CBN Israel, NRB TV, IsraelMinistry of Tourism, and the Nashville Praise Symphony. The Gold Sponsor is Infinity Concepts, a brand communications agency.
The events are open to the public, and the cost to attend is $125 per person. To register for eADD ither eventor to become a sponsor, visit www.icejusa.org/Israel75.
About the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem(ICEJ)
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) was established in 1980 in recognition of the biblical significance of all of Jerusalem and its unique connection with the Jewish people. Today, it represents millions of Christians, churches, and denominations to the nation and people of Israel. www.icejusa.org