Christian Affairs

Christian Affairs

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  • Becky Keenan, One with Israel president and Gulf Meadows Church pastor

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    Topics
    - Christian Education on Israel
    - Israel Advocacy for Christian Engagement with Jewish Organizations

    Bio

    One of the most important issues for Pastor Becky is educating Christians concerning their moral obligation to support Israel. She is determined to build communication bridges and friendship between communities with the purpose of forming a unified block that speaks and acts in favor of Israel, especially during critical times.
       
    Pastor Becky assumed the role as President of One With Israel (OWI), a grassroots movement of individuals, churches, synagogues and organizations nationwide that have made a commitment to demonstrate its support for Israel in challenging times. Through educational seminars, leadership training, signature lectures, and various events, OWI transcends barriers and reaches people of all ages, backgrounds, and political affiliations. Pastor Becky has become a leading voice for Israel through public demonstrations, writings and numerous speaking engagements.
     
    Pastor Becky has traveled throughout the world, including Israel, as a guest of Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the State of Israel. Together with her husband, Joe, Becky pastor Gulf Meadows Church, a nondenominational multicultural congregation in Houston, Texas. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children, Katie and Joey.
     
     
    To arrange for a presentation to your organization, please contact Karen Naumann at press@houston.mfa.gov.il.
     
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  • Jason Olson, Brandeis University Doctoral Student

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    Topics
    - Non-Jewish Zionists in the United States
    - U.S.-Israel Relations
    - The Bible and Zionism
    - The Iranian-Israeli conflict Islamism and Israel

    Bio

    Jason Olson is a third year PhD student in Brandeis University's Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He holds fellowships at The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
     
    Last summer, he was a Research Fellow at the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative at Columbia University, on the topic of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements. There, he worked on the history of Revisionist Zionism's relationship with Evangelical Zionists. That relationship reached its climax in the Menachem Begin-Jerry Falwell friendship.
     
    More generally, Olson has expertise in U.S.-Israel relations, as well as Iranian history and its nuclear program.
     
    He is teaching a course on U.S.-Israel relations to Brandeis undergraduates this fall.
     
     
    To arrange for a presentation to your organization, please contact Karen Naumann at press@houston.mfa.gov.il.