Forsake Them Not

Dear Christian Friends of Israel,
I’m so grateful for your help, from the bottom of my heart. May the Lord God reward you and your children a hundred times more. I want to thank you all so very much for the kind deed that you have done for me and others like me… I won’t forget your care, help and sincere kindness. I wish you all health, happiness, wellbeing and success in all you do. Sincerely grateful, D.

The letter above came to CFI Headquarters from one of the many survivors you helped during the past year. Your financial support, prayers and care for Holocaust survivors show that you have not forgotten their WW2 trials over seventy years ago, or their difficult years since then.

One of the fall 2015 highlights for CFI was a meeting with the committee members of the Association of Concentration Camps and Ghetto Survivors in Petach Tikva (photo above).

In October, together with Christians Serving Israel group members, CFI’s Holocaust Team visited a small museum called the Chamber of the Holocaust, precursor of Yad VaShem Museum. (Photo of Jewish prisoners’ clothing and other artifacts.)

We thank you for caring for the needs of these survivors, praying for them and giving so that our teams can bring love, comfort and support to survivors while there is still time. Thank you for not forgetting Israel in this era of growing anti-Semitism. Thank you for being a part of the CFI family in the US.

US says: No to Golan Heights!

During his November visit to the US, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke about the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He continued that it would prevent the transfer of Iranian weapons to Hezbollah and the creation of a second war front in the Golan by Iran and Hezbollah. Under these conditions, Israel would not give the Golan back to Syria. The Obama administration rejected Netanyahu’s proposal, claiming that recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan will undermine US relations in Syria. The Golan refers to an area that was part of southwestern Syria until 1967, when it came under Israeli military control. In December 1981, Israel unilaterally annexed the part of the Golan and Mt. Hermon it held. (more…)

From Syria to Turkey to safety

In early 2015, under cover of darkness, the Halabi family closed the door of their home and piled into a minibus. Behind them lay a Jewish presence dating back thousands of years. Ahead lay 36 hours of perilous travel to Syria’s border with Turkey. The last Jews of Aleppo were bound for safety.

Moti Kahana, an Israeli-American businessman living in New York, orchestrated the covert operation. Kahana says that it was a team effort, necessarily kept secret until now to protect all those involved. “It was the Muslim people who helped save the Jews,” he says. Also the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Absorption assisted in the rescue. (more…)

The Nazis and the Altar of Satan

In Revelation 2:12, we read about one of the seven churches, “the church in Pergamum …where Satan’s throne is.” The ancient city of Pergamum, or Pergamon, was the center of pagan worship in Asia Minor. The once-thriving city lay forgotten and in ruins till 1864 when German engineer Carl Humann began excavating it, finding one of antiquities’ greatest monuments, the Altar of Zeus. The altar was excavated and taken stone by stone to Berlin where it was reassembled in its own museum. The Turkish government agreed that the ancient foundation of the Pergamon Altar ─Satan’s Throne─became the property of Germany. In 1930 the Pergamon Museum was opened to the public. (more…)