2023 CUFI Summit Press Schedule

This schedule is subject to change. All events will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Due to capacity constraints, we will not be able to accommodate all press requests. Journalists interested in receiving press credentials to cover the CUFI Summit are asked to follow this link and fill out the associated form no later than end of business on Wednesday, July 12th


8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.              Press Booth Open

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.             The Miracle of Israel at 75

  • Pastor John Hagee, CUFI Founder and Chairman

9:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.                        Israel at 75: Threats

  • Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Israel at 75: The U.S. – Israel Relationship

  • Walter Russell Mead, Author and Academic

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.          Leadership  – From the Heartland to the Holy Land

  • Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), House Majority Whip

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          From the Courtroom to the Campus: Combatting Antisemitism

  • Kenneth L. Marcus, Founder and Chairman, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Confronting the Rising Tide of Antisemitism

  • Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.          State Level: Defending Israel, Countering Jew Hatred

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Israel at 75: Opportunities

  • Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, former advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel
  • Video: Amb. David Friedman

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.              In the Footsteps of the Bible

  • Ze’ev Orenstein, Director of International Affairs for the City of David Foundation

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.              Capitol Hill Talking Points

  • Sandra Parker, Chairwoman of the CUFI Action Fund

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.             Night to Honor Israel

  • Pastor John Hagee, CUFI Founder and Chairman
  • Amb. Nikki Haley, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Vice President Mike Pence



7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            Press Booth Open

  • Please note, the press filling center will close at 10:30 am.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            View from the Hill

  • Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY)
  • Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY)
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              Press Booth Open

  • Please note, the press filling center will be open at this time

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.              CUFI Partner Banquet

  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • Col. Jonathan Conricus, Former International Spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces


The following audio/video/photo support will be provided at all open press events:
  • Camera riser space is highly limited, however, those we are unable to accommodate on the camera risers will have access to an A/V box with BNC (video) and XLR (audio) plug-in to a live, high quality feed during the event.
  • A webpage that contains/will contain the following has been set up to facilitate media coverage:
    • Official CUFI Summit photos posted to the site in real-time
      • please credit photos to CUFI
    • The 2023 CUFI Summit Media Kit
    • File photos from previous CUFI events
    • A link to a Dropbox folder, updated in real-time, with video of select Summit speaker remarks