|Gen. Shimon Erem attending StandWithUs Chanukah, 2011|
Program: Gen. Shimon Erem's characteristics - and who addressed it:
A Soldier for Israel - Hon. David Siegel- Consul General for Israel to the Southwest US.
A Bridge Builder - Pastor Jim Tolle- Senior Pastor, La Iglesia en el Camino
|Pastor Jim Tolle consoles widow, Danielle Erem|
Dr. Jack Hayford- Chancellor, The King's University, Los Angeles, Immediate Past President, Int'l Church of the Foursquare Gospel, Founding co-Chairman, Israel Christian Nexus
Tributes from around the world
Messages from Israel - read by Ari Bussel, ICN founding Board Member
Letters from Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon and previous Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan.
Messages from Congress - read by Larry Greenfield, Israel Christian Nexus founding Board Member.
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Dina Leeds - Israel Christian Nexus Vice President
Naomi Urman - longtime family friend
Miri Shepher - Israeli Leadership Council Executive Board member
Danielle Erem - Shimon's wife and beloved partner
Memorial Prayer - Rabbi Kalman Topp of Cong. Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills
Event organized by Patricia Johnson, Acting Director, Israel Christian Nexus.
Israeli General Shimon Erem, discussed the importance of guaranteeing Jewish safety- inside and outside of Israel. He tells of accompanying David ben Gurion to Holocaust concentration camps- which experiences shaped ben Gurion's Zionist defense (and retaliation / deterrence) policies. Gen. Erem delivered this talk at LimmudLA in 2010.
Gen. Erem shares David ben-Gurion's principles of fighting for Jewish survival including activating the Jewish community outside of Palestine and forming alliances with non-Jews interested in protecting Jewish rule in the free, restored Israel. After seeing these camps, David Ben-Gurion established a policy to deter anti-Semitic violence- through Israel's own forces and through establishing global alliances with committed Jews and Christians in the diaspora.
May Gen. Shimon Erem's memory be for a blessing.