CJUI was pleased to honor the following on Sunday, October 27th
The Genesis Awards are given to individuals for
courageous leadership and enduring love of Israel.
Genesis Award Honoree & Keynote Speaker: Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Esq.
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
Emet Award Recipient - May Long
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.
Emet Award Recipient - Robert Lappin
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.