September 17, 2012 - Following the passing of its Founding Chairman Gen. Shimon Erem (IDF) (of blessed memory), the Israel Christian Nexus (ICN) announced a new leadership team dedicated to carrying forward the work that Gen. Erem pioneered with the ICN — bringing together the Jewish and Christian communities in support of the people and State of Israel. The ICN Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the organization’s founding co-chair, Dr.Jack Hayford, has agreed to serve as its Chairman and Jacob Dayan, the former Israeli Consul General to the Southwestern U.S. has accepted the position of President.Pat Boone has been named a Special Emissary for the Nexus. Patricia Johnson is Executive Director. Gen. Erem’s widow, Danielle Erem, will be part of the organization’s Executive Board.
“It was Shimon’s wish that the Israel Christian Nexus continue long after his passing, and that it would grow and build on the foundation he envisioned and established,” said Danielle Erem, expressing her full confidence in the new leadership team. “He spoke often about his vision for a strategic leadership team involving these internationally recognized and respected individuals whose friendship and counsel he has relied on over the years to help set the course for the organization.”
A hero and friend to world leaders and to Jews and Christians in the U.S. and internationally, Shimon Erem played a crucial role in the founding and survival of the State of Israel, commanding troops in Israel’s War of Independence, the Sinai crisis, the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. The last 35 years of his life were dedicated to building bridges between the Jewish and Christian communities in support ofIsrael. This work continues under the direction of the ICN’s new leadership team, including work with churches, synagogues and religious schools on programs to promote better understanding ofIsrael’s past and present from both a biblical and historical perspective and to bring the two communities together in expressions of solidarity. InIsraeland theUnited States, they are also continuing and expanding upon the Nexus’ efforts to be a resource for Jewish and Christian groups on issues facing theMiddle Easttoday and on the escalating worldwide threat to Judeo-Christian values and democratic societies from fundamentalist Islam.
Dr. Jack Hayford – one of the most recognized and respected Christian leaders in the world today — was a founding co-chair of the ICN with Gen Erem. Immediate Past President of theInternationalChurch of the Foursquare Gospel denomination, with its 38,000 churches around the world, Dr. Hayford is the founding pastor of the 12,000 member The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, founder of The Kings’ University in Los Angeles (formerly The Kings’ College and Seminary) and the Jack W. Hayford School of Pastoral Nurture. A prolific and best-selling author, he is a recognized scholar onIsrael and Bible history. He has led 32 tours toIsrael over the years, delivered scores of teachings and written numerous articles on why Christians should supportIsrael and the Jewish people. He has made it a priority to be on the frontline against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
“It is a great testament to the vision and labors of Shimon Erem that the Israel Christian Nexus has continued to move forward with the gifted leadership who are committed to serve on the expanded ICN Board of Directors. Shimon’s vision is confirmed by everyone on this team…a fact that brings strength and encouragement to Danielle, Shimon’s beloved widow,” Pastor Hayford commented.
“I am grateful for the strong, balanced team of Jews and Christians united in partnership. I am especially happy for the strength of Jacob Dayan as he joins me in serving in the leadership roles we have been asked to assume. The ICN is geared and banded together to serve its mission to unite Jews and Christians in solidarity forIsraelat this critical time in history.”
Jacob Dayan, who served as Consul General for Israel to the Southwestern United States from 2007-2011, worked with Gen. Erem and the ICN on numerous solidarity events and programs. The two men became close friends through their shared commitment to deepening the Jewish-Christian partnership for Israel.
“I am honored to be part of this great mission started by Shimon Erem to enhanceIsrael’s relations with its Christian partners,” he said of his new role as the ICN’s president. “Today, more than ever, we have to stand together as a tower of light to strengthen the State of Israel and the values we – Christians and Jews together – represent.”
Before he becameIsrael’s chief diplomat at the Los Angeles-based Consulate in 2007, Mr. Dayan served in numerous high-level foreign affairs posts inIsrael,Washington,DCandGreece, where he was involved in diplomacy and strategy, as well as policy formation, decision-making, and implementation. Currently he is leading inIsraela venture capital fund that invests in projects in the Negev, one ofIsrael’s key strategic regions.
Pat Boone, one of the biggest recording artists of the 20th century who helped to popularize rock ‘n roll music and recorded numerous gospel hits, has been a strong supporter ofIsrael for decades. In 1979, he was honored by the State of Israel with the Israel Culture Award for his artistry and humanitarianism. Over the years, he has led tours toIsrael for the Christian Broadcasting Network, and was named Christian Ambassador toIsrael by the Israeli Tourism Department. Mr. Boone has been involved with countless Christian and humanitarian causes, and co-chaired the National Day of Prayer for many years.
About the Israel Christian Nexus
The Israel Christian Nexus (ICN) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization supported through the generosity of individuals and organizations sharing a concern for the security of Israel, and interested in building relationships between Christians and Jews in support of our shared Judeo-Christian heritage and values. It was founded in 2002, in part with a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.