2018 Annual Meeting & Conference


April 27-29, Charlotte, NC









Since it was founded in 1943, and chartered under the laws of the State of New York in April 1944, United Israel World Union has advanced the universal and eternal monotheistic values contained within the Ancient Hebrew Scriptures. Every year, in accordance with its by-laws and constitution, United Israel World Union has held an annual meeting during the month of April at the location determined by the President. It has become customary for the board and officers of United Israel to plan a conference to coincide with the annual meeting.

This year’s meeting marks the 75th annual meeting as well as the beginning of our 75th year as an organization. The event will reflect upon our rich past, highlight our current activities, and look forward to our future work.

The weekend conference will be held at the Southpark Hilton Doubletree in Charlotte, North Carolina, an appropriately named place to host a meeting for an organization, which has long advanced the reunion of the two sticks of Judah and Ephraim (Ezekiel 37).


Our program for the conference includes talks on the history of our organization, presentations from the Hebrew Bible, musical performances, and fellowship. We will also have an open house at our Executive Headquarters in Charlotte to showcase the David Horowitz Memorial Library and many of the historical documents from our organization’s history.


The meeting room will be open at 5:00 PM for attendees to pick up nametags and packets. Join us, beginning at 5:30 PM for the welcoming of Shabbat, candle lighting, song, and fellowship. President James Tabor will also give some opening remarks to welcome everyone to our 75th Annual meeting.


*We will open the meeting room for informal meet and greet at 9:00 AM. We encourage everyone to be on time so that we can follow the program.

9:30 AM – Patty Tyler – Special Songs
10:00 – James Tabor – The Whole Bible Standing on One Foot
11:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Ralph Buntyn – There’s No Time Like the Past
3:00 – David Tyler – The Profundity of Faith
4:30 – Reports on various outreach efforts associated with United Israel’s work. This will be a shared platform consisting of reports related to work at the UI Centers in the south and northeast, The Good Land, and our involvement in the Aravah through Blossoming Rose.

5:30 – Dinner break
7:00 – Music and Fellowship


8:30 AM – United Israel World Union Annual Meeting for Officers and Board – open to all
10:00 – Jodell Onstott – A New Hope
11:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Open House at UIWU Executive Offices

3:00 –  Ross Nichols – Back to the Future: UIWU & The Coming Revival
4:30 – Betty Givin – The Regathering of HaShem’s Children – One in His Hand


We are presently finalizing the details of the program, but confirmed session leaders include, Dr. James D. Tabor, Ralph Buntyn, David and Patty Tyler, Jodell Onstott, Betty Givin and Ross Nichols.


Dr. James Tabor is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he has taught Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism since 1989. He served as Chair of the Department from 2004-2014. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame (1979-1985) and the College of William and Mary (1985-1989). Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive field archaeology work, including work at Qumran, Sepphoris, Masada, Wadi el-Yabis in Jordan, and Jerusalem, with 65 trips to Israel. The past two decades he has teamed up with with Shimon Gibson to excavate the “John the Baptist” cave at Suba, the “Tomb of the Shroud” discovered in 2000, and the Mt Zion excavation in Jerusalem since 2007. Most recently, he has held excavation licenses to explore the controversial Talpiot “Jesus” tombs in Jerusalem. Tabor has published over 50 peer reviewed academic articles and seven books:Things Unutterable (Brown University, 1985), A Noble Death (HarperColins,1992), Why Waco: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America (University of California Press, 1995), The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity (Simon & Schuster, 2006), Restoring Abrahamic Faith (2008), The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity (Simon & Schuster, 2012), and Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity (Simon & Schuster, 2012). He is currently finishing a new book, The Lost Mary: How the Jewish Mother of Jesus Become the Virgin Mother of God, to be published with Knopf in 2018. Dr. Tabor has served as President of United Israel World Union since 2003 and was instrumental in setting up the Charlotte, NC executive offices and the David Horowitz Memorial Library. You can find links to all of Dr. Tabor’s web pages, books, published articles, and projects at jamestabor.com.


Ralph Buntyn is the Executive Vice President and Associate Editor of United Israel World Union. A historian and researcher, his many articles and essays have appeared in various media outlets including The Jerusalem Post, United Israel Bulletin and The Southern Shofar. After a distinguished career with a Fortune 500 company he retired as a Senior Vice-President of Marketing in 2003. As a member of the state business delegation he was responsible for developing joint economic trade opportunities between the State of Alabama and the State of Israel. He was instrumental in efforts leading to the passage of Alabama House of Representatives Resolution HJR 36 supporting the Embassy 3000 Campaign to encourage the nations of the world to recognize united Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel and to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. He is a past member of the International Council for Jerusalem-based Root & Branch Association, where he served as International Co-Chairman on: Torah, Economics and Business. Ralph has recently been elected to the position of Director and CEO of The Good Land, a scientific, educational non-profit organization dedicated to recovering a sense of ecological restoration. Ralph’s activities include home-scale permaculture and sustainable living, historical research, traveling and writing. He and his wife Rebecca live in Asheville, North Carolina.


Ross Nichols is a Vice President for United Israel World Union and the Editor of the United Israel Bulletin. He is an ordained minister of the Hebrew Faith, and leads the United Israel Center South in Saint Francisville, Louisiana. His weekly lessons are live streamed every Sabbath over the United Israel Facebook page to a global audience. Archives of his teachings are available on the United Israel website, the United Israel Facebook Page, and iTunes. His classes are biblically based and introduce his audience to the literature, language, and land of the Hebrew Bible. Ross has traveled to Israel, where he has toured extensively – leading and co-leading tours for both Jews and Christians. He has participated in archaeological digs at Dig Mount Zion in Jerusalem, and at Biblical Tamar. Ross has also performed volunteer projects in the desert region of Israel. Ross is an ardent Zionist. He is active in the Anti BDS movement and works on many fronts to present the Jewish State in a positive light. He was recently part of a six-person delegation from United Israel at the United Nations, Ambassadors Against BDS conference learning ways to counter those who seek to promote boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel through propaganda and other false media efforts. Ross has been the guest on several internet radio shows, both as a guest and commentator on various biblical subjects. He is also a co-host for Israel News Talk Radio with Jono Vandor of Truth2U on Israel On My Mind, a program that showcases the ‘good news’ stories from Israel, awesome Israeli technical inventions, and other stories of interest for the many people who support Israel. You can find links to all of Ross’ work at http://rossknichols.com/.


David Tyler is a member of the Board of Directors for United Israel World Union. He is an ordained minister of the Hebrew Faith and is a founding member of the United Israel World Union’s Northeast Unit in New York.
As the CEO of Advanced Automation Corporation (AAC) Mr. Tyler is responsible for the operation of an 80-person company that focuses on unique out of the box solutions for military applications. David is a visionary that sees how to apply state of the art technology to the tip of the spear. For the past 32 years AAC has been at the forefront of some amazing solutions that added significant capabilities for the US Military. Mr. Tyler has over 30 years of experience in the electrical engineering and computer science fields. He has performed research in the areas of information modeling of computer systems and their operational behavior. He works with the DoE at Sandia National Laboratory on Special Operations programs and their search for game changing technology. Mr. Tyler has participated in overseas programs and operations for the US and partner nations, including NATO, Israel, the UK, Canada, and Australia. AAC assisted in an Israeli company, Advanced Logistics Developments (ALD) of Rishon LeZion, Israel sell software and services to primarily the US DoD and its contractors.
Mr. Tyler has coauthored a book for the Elsevier Press for IEEE entitled; “Mission-Critical and Safety–Critical Systems Handbook (Design and Development for Embedded Applications)” that was published in December 2009.
Education: BS and MS in Theoretical Computer Science from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Marcy, NY, Selected MS EE and Mathematics Courses from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, and the Enterprise Architecting Lecture Series from MIT, Cambridge, MA, as well as an AAS EET from MVCC Utica, NY.
Personal Activities: Mr. Tyler is an avid supporter of archaeology and has been on the fund-raising side of the current University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) excavation on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, Israel. David also supported the development of the UIWU Center in Biblical Tamar at the Blossoming Rose Park in Ir Ovot, in the Arava of Israel.


Jodell Onstott is a Socio-Biblical and historical research specialist whose work focuses on comparative biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies. She is the author of five books. In addition to archaeological and biblical studies, Jodell’s research reveals value-based principles that relate to politics and economics today. Jodell is a successful author, entrepreneur, business owner, and public speaker. She is a frequent guest on the Jeff Crouere Show in New Orleans, Dove TV in Eugene, Oregon, the Morning Show on Hebrew Radio Nation, and Truth2U. Jodell’s first book, YHWH Exists (vols. 1&2), comprises 17 years of ground-breaking research charting the archaeological, historical, and religious tenets for Ancient Israel and its implications for Judaism and Christianity. Her forthcoming works include: Archaeological, Historical, and Scriptural Evidence for the Exodus; Archaeological, Historical, and Scriptural Evidence for Israel’s Conquest; and Archaeological, Historical, and Scriptural Evidence for Ancient Israel. Jodell’s works demonstrate that the books of the Old Testament comprise more than literature. Scripture contains an actual and factual history that can be tested against history and chronology from other ancient nations.


Betty Tabor Givin aka Elisheva Tavor
An avid student of the Bible and lover of HaShem, Torah and Israel, Betty is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of United Israel World Union and is privileged to have personally known its founder David Horowitz of blessed memory. In 2016 she was ordained as one of its ministers.

Betty enjoys writing and recently has become a contributor of articles for the United Israel Bulletin. She has a new monthly series dealing with the times and seasons on the Jewish/Hebrew calendar entitled Hidden Sparks Beneath the Surface which she is hoping to compile for her first book.

She and her husband Roger made a life changing decision to convert to Judaism in 1993 with plans to make aliyah the next year, but due to unavoidable catastrophic circumstances, their aliyah plans did not come to fruition. Betty is a member of Temple Beth Torah Synagogue where she has taught Pre-k classes and assisted in tutoring Hebrew to students who were preparing for their Bar Mitzvah. For the past 5 years she has played a vital role at The Netiv Center for Torah Study of Houston where she teaches women’s classes, contributes articles to the Netiv website and Facebook Page, sends out newsletters, coordinates activities for the Center. She is also involved in TORCH, Torah Outreach for Houston and has been asked to contribute her teachings to the upcoming Emunah Channel for Women on the web.

A retired teacher of 25 years, Betty has taught all ages, from Pre K through College. She is a devoted wife and mother of 3 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She and her husband Roger live in Kingwood Texas with Betty’s oldest daughter Kim.

Unlike other conferences in years past, the sessions will not be streamed live over the internet. It is our intention to record the sessions and to produce a DVD of the entire conference, which will be made available at a future date.

The board and officers want to encourage all members to attend this year’s conference to help us celebrate our organization’s successes, and to enjoy the festivities associated with such a milestone event.

In order to encourage the largest possible attendance, there will be no charge for the conference, but attendees are asked to contribute to United Israel World Union as they are able. Registration is required for all attendees. We look forward to seeing you all in Charlotte!

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