World Jewish Congress, Knesset Christian Allies Caucus to honor Israel-committed Christian leaders

Dr. Jay Rawlings and Duke Westover to receive prestigious award at 10th annual "Night to Honor Our Christian Allies."

January 27, 2016 12:01
1 minute read.
holy fire jerusalem

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Jay Rawlings and Duke Westover will each receive an award at the ceremony for their steadfast commitment to the State of Israel on Thursday, when the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus together with the World Jewish Congress will hold its 10th annual reception honoring Christian leaders.

Government leaders and Knesset members from across the political spectrum will join Jewish and Christian leaders at Jerusalem’s Waldorf Astoria hotel for the “Night to Honor our Christian Allies.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Rawlings, a Canadian-Israeli, has produced, directed and written more than 130 documentaries about Israel, educating a global audience and winning several awards. He was instrumental in smuggling in and out information on behalf of Refusenik Jews in the Soviet Union. He and his wife, Meridel, run Israel Vision TV, which seeks to challenge, inform and inspire a wide audience to stand up against bigotry, racism and ignorance regarding Israel.

Additionally, the caucus, together with the Tourism Ministry, will present American Duke Westover with the “Night to Honor our Christian Allies” Tourism Award. Westover, with his wife, Carlene, has organized tours to Israel more than 75 times. Thousands of people have participated in the organized tours, including church members, representatives of Christian ministries, political and television personalities, advocacy organizations and students. Westover was at one time the right-hand man of Reverend Jerry Falwell and one of the founders of the Moral Majority.

“One of the principal joys of my life is introducing people to the Land of Israel for the very first time and watching their faces as the Bible comes alive,” Westover said.

Caucus chairman MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu) will deliver an address at the reception on the importance of developing Judeo-Christian relations based on shared values. Other speakers will include WJC-Israel Chairman Shai Hermesh, WJC-Israel Director-General Sam Grundwerg, caucus member MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), caucus Director Josh Reinstein, caucus deputy chairman and deputy Knesset speaker Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union), All Nations Convocations President Tom Hess, and Father Gabriel Naddaf of the Christian Empowerment Council.

“Today it is Christians not countries that stand with Israel. We must recognize the importance of that support and encourage it whenever we can,” said Reinstein.

sign up to our newsletter

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jews and Christians from over 30 countries gather at the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem at an event org
October 11, 2018
Jews and Christians gather to sing and pray for peace in Jerusalem