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The Genesis Awards are given to individuals for 

courageous leadership and enduring love of Israel

The 2023 Genesis Awards
The 2022 Genesis Awards
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Morton Klein

National President of the Zionist Organization of America Recipient of CJUI's One Time Only Jabotinsky Award


Tricia Miller

CJUI President

Recipient of CJUI's Genesis Award

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Dr. Rosaline Barrron

Board Member, Zionist Organization of America

Recipient of CJUI's Genesis Award

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Treasurer, Zionist Organization of America

2021 CJUI Emet Award Recipient


The Honoree for the 2019 Genesis Awards
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Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Esq.

Genesis Award Honoree & Keynote Speaker

Israeli activist attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has been leading the legal fight against terror financing, the anti-Israel boycott campaigns (BDS), and combating the multitude of lawfare tactics utilized against the Jewish State by its enemies. As the president of the Israel based civil rights organization, Shurat HaDin–Israel Law Center, she has represented hundreds of terror victims in legal actions against terror organizations, their financial backers and proxies. Ms. Darshan-Leitner has successfully recovered more than $300 million dollars in compensation on their behalf. In recent years, Ms. Darshan-Leitner initiated a legal campaign to deprive terrorists of social media resources such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which they use to incite violence against Jews and promote terror attacks. In her efforts to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli activities, Ms. Darshan-Leitner assisted in blocking the Gaza Flotilla, terminated efforts to indict IDF soldiers for war crimes, and filed legal actions against those who boycott Israeli academics and companies in violation of the law.  In 2016 and again in 2018, Ms. Darshan-Leitner was chosen as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post and named by the Israeli Forbes magazine as one of the 50 most influential Israeli women. A mother of six including triplets, Ms. Darshan-Leitner is a graduate of Bar-Ilan University Law School and holds an MBA from Manchester University.

Emet Award Recipients

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Founder/President Emeritus, 

Christians & Jews United for Israel

May's life has been defined by activism: from President of her high school Student Council to 22 years of dedicated, challenging work as Executive Director with the Huntington's Disease Society of New England. Then, in 2006, inspired to establish a grassroots organization that would bring Jews and Christians together in united support of Israel, CJUI was birthed in the Boston area under her capable leadership, remarkable energy and engaging passion.





President, Lappin Foundation

Since 1970, Mr. Lappin has been the major funder of Youth to Israel Adventure, which currently sends more than 100 Jewish teens to Israel every year. In 2009, he was named one of the Boston Globe’s  “Bostonians of the Year.” The following year, Mr. Lappin was named by Reader’s Digest as the “Best Anti-Ponzi Scheme” in its annual list of our country’s best people, places and things. He is a founding member of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and values Christian support for Israel and the Jewish People.

The 2018 Genesis Awards
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Genesis Award Recipient

Mark Steyn - author of After America,  America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, A Song For The Season, Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, Mark Steyn From Head To Toe, and The Face Of The Tiger.


Special Guests

Deputy Consul General Daniel AgranovDeputy Consul General to New England

Pastor Anthony Triplett  - Whole Armour International Church, Lowell, MA


Emet Award Recipients

Andrea Levin - Executive Director and President of CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis)

Ray Hanna - President of Christians and Jews United for Israel 

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The 2017 Genesis Awards


Genesis Award Recipient

Brigitte Gabriel – a leading Islamic terrorism expert in the world. Her expertise is sought after by world and business leaders.


Special Honoree

Larry Grodman - a founding member of CJUI

The 2016 Genesis Awards
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Genesis Award Recipients

Ayaan Hirsi Ali - author of the international bestsellers Infidel and Nomad and Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. She is a National Security expert on radical Islam, renowned political leader, women’s rights activist, and Islam reformist.

Andrew Jacobson - Student at Brandeis University, staff writer at The Justice, the independent student newspaper of Brandeis University and a Tikvah Fellow.

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The 2015 Genesis Awards


Genesis Award Recipients

Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, US Army (Ret) - Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC and the Wheat Professor of Leadership Studies at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia

Larry and Beverly Koplan – CJUI Executive Board members and co-chairs of the annual United Jerusalem Day Celebration and the Genesis Awards.

2014 Jerusalem Day Parade
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2014 Genesis Award Recipients

Bret Stephens – Wall Street Journal’s deputy editorial page editor

Fumio Taku – President CJUI 2009-2014


Special Guests

Consul General Yehuda Yaakov – Consul General to New England

Daniel Mael  - Student advocate for Israel

Chloé Valdary - Student advocate for Israel



Genesis Award Recipients

Ambassador John R. Bolton – United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 1, 2005 to December 9, 2006.

Consul General Shai Bazak - Consul General of Israel to New England


Special Recognition

Aly Raisman – Olympic Gymnastic Champion. During 2012 Olympics Aly paid tribute to 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Summer Games

Akaya Lee – Pro Israel student advocate

Ray Hanna – CJUI Board member. Egyptian Coptic Christian. Family came to US to escape religious persecution.



Genesis Award Recipients

Caroline Glick - Senior Contributing Editor Jerusalem Post

David &Christine Funnell – CJUI Board Member. Dave and Chris are ardent pro-Israel, activists

Linda McGrath – Member NH4Israel tirelessly working to inform and educate the public regarding the many positive aspects of Eretz Yisrael.

Rabbi Alan Turetz – Temple Emeth



Genesis Award Recipients

Roz and Jerry Rothstein - Founders of StandWithUs. The Jerusalem Post ranked Roz Rothstein, 

StandWithUs CEO, one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in the World” in 2011.

Margot Einstein – Tireless Pro-Israel activist, CJUI Board Member

Norma Levine - CJUI Board Member and Treasurer is being honored for years of devotion as a grassroots activist.

Gayle and James O’Hare – Founders, Israel My Delight. James and Gayle led a group from CJUI to the UN to stand for truth with Israel.



Genesis Award Recipients

Frank Gaffney - Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy

Rabbi Jonathan Hausman - Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Stoughton, Massachusetts

Elaine Ross – Recipient Light of Torah Award, Israel Unity Award, active in numerous non-profits.

Gail Thomas – CJUI Board Member, Owner of Righteous Oak and New England Representative for the Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies. 



Genesis Award Recipients

Esther Levens – CEO  & Founder, Unity Coalition for Israel

Ron and Bev Gerstenberger – Representatives, Bridges for Peace

Rotem Brayer and Laliv Gal

·         Former members IDF

·         Former area Director, Zionist Youth Movement (Israel)


Special Guests


Pastor Roberto Miranda – Congregation Lion of Judah

Pastor Scott Smith - Christian Renewal Church, Beverly MA



Genesis Award Recipients

Alan Dershowitz - Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus

The Gordon College Israel Initiative

·         Nicole Depue

·         Suzanna Truesdell

·         Josh Jenkins


Special Guest

Tom Trento - Director Florida Security Council



Genesis Award Recipients

Rev. Hurmon E. Hamilton – Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Comfort My People Team

·         Denette Abers

·         Doug Swaffield

·         David Moldau

Karen Weinstein – NH Representative, CJUI

Dexter Van Zile – Christian Media Analyst, CAMERA

Professor David S. Wyman - Author, The Abandonment of the Jews

Rev. Cynthia Hymes Bell – Strong Tower Church



Genesis Award Recipients

Professor Dennis Hale – Boston College. Director, The Episcopal-Jewish Alliance for Israel

Dr. Charles Jacobs – President, The David Project, Center for Jewish Leadership

JoAnn Magnuson – Director, Interfaith Relations, Bridges for Peace


Special Recognition

Professor Marvin Wilson, Gordon College – Author, Our Father Abraham


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