2019 Annual Meeting & Conference


April 26-28, 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.

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).


Program of Event


5:00 PM Registration and Welcome

6:00 PM  Welcoming Shabbat / Opening Remarks – James Tabor

7:00 PM  Music and Fellowship



9:00 AM     

Music, Sabbath Songs – David and Patty Tyler

9:30 AM

“Outside the Gates of Eden: The Ultimate Human Purpose”– James Tabor


“Lasting Legacy – A Case for the Book of David” – Ralph Buntyn

2:00 PM

Finding the Hand of Moses: The Torah Within OUR Torah” – Ross Nichols

3:30 PM

“Essence of Hebrew Faith-Advice for Living Day to Day According to the Scriptures” – David Tyler

7:30 PM

“The Photographic and ‘Maxwellian’ Legacy of Remembering for the Future 2000: Implications for Holocaust Education and Remembrance” – Christine Maxwell



8:30 AM

76th Annual Business Meeting – Ralph Buntyn

9:30 AM

“Antisemitism Then and Now” – Paul Weinberg

11:00 AM

I Have Not Spoken in Secret” – Jodell Onstott

2:00 PM

“Moses and Passionate Love” – Barry Page

3:30 PM

Reports on Activities & Future Involvements – Panel



We are presently finalizing the details of the program, but confirmed session leaders include, Dr. James D. Tabor, Ralph Buntyn, David and Patty Tyler 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. Author, 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 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 is the author of the recently published book “The Book of David” chronicling the life of David Horowitz: Dean of United Nations Press Corps and Founder: United Israel World Union.


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/.


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, and the Morning Show on Hebrew Radio Nation. 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 research has demonstrated that Scripture contains an actual and factual history that can be tested against history and chronology from other ancient nations.


Christine Maxwell, MAIS is a Graduate student in The School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is working towards her doctorate in the field of Holocaust Studies. She was a Program Manager for Learning Technologies in the Office of Information Technology for three years, and before that worked in the Department of eLearning as a researcher of innovation in eLearning. Dedicated to helping the public at large (evidenced by her teaching, work on the Boards of the Internet Society and the Santa Fe Institute, her Internet entrepreneurship as the inventor and creator of the Magellan Search Engine that was featured on the home page of Netscape in the early 1990s, and scientific and educational publishing endeavors) by harnessing the ultimate power of today’s technology for the greater good.

Her current Ph.D. work seeks to advance the study of Holocaust remembrance and Holocaust education by investigating the links woven throughout and around original artifacts and derivative works. Combining literary analysis with explorations of her own personal and professional histories, her thesis seeks to examine key influencing factors of time, place and persona and investigate how current mechanics, dynamics and interpretation shape representations, and how digital explorations of diverse collections of artifacts can stimulate new insights.


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.


Paul Weinberg has owned Alden Films, a distributor of media of Israel and Judaica for 35 years. He has presented talks on The Holocaust and Film at Library Conferences, Holocaust Centers and at the Library School at C.W. Post College of Long Island University. For the past eight years , Alden Films has distributed the lectures of The Vidal Sassoon Center For The Study of Antisemitism of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has given presentations/workshops on Antisemitism at NewCaje in 2016 at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, New York Limmud and synagogues and JCCs in the New York Metropolitan region. Prior to working in Jewish Film Paul was in the music field as an agent and manager of two symphony orchestras in New York State. He is a native of Philadelphia, a graduate of Temple University BA and New York University MUP, and worked for the New York Department of City Planning and The Mayors Office under John Lindsay in the early 70’s.


Barry Page is an internationally acclaimed speaker and the author of several books, including The Historical Moses Found and The Authors of the Torah Come Alive. He has addressed audiences in Australia, England, India, The United States, and Israel.

He is a student of the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Scriptures, and the Koran. He has pursued an academic study of the Bible in Australia at Mount Scopus Memorial College, in the U.S. at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Barry was the President of the Movement for Egalitarian Judaism in Israel, and has worked as the Coordinator of the Council of Ethiopian Jewish Priests

He also worked as an Editor of Interdisciplinary Bible Scholar, devoting himself to revised Biblical Scholarship, primarily as it relates to a revised Biblical Chronology based upon archaeological advancements.

Barry Page is a graduate of University of Melbourne.


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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