In Hagee Ministries’ $6 million pot, Nefesh B’Nefesh the biggest winner


WASHINGTON (JTA) — John Hagee Ministries distributed $6 million to Israeli charities, with the largest chunk going to Nefesh B’Nefesh, a group that encourages immigration to Israel from English-speaking countries.

Nefesh B’Nefesh received $900,000 in the awards announced after the 30th annual Night to Honor Israel held at Hagee’s Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio, Texas. Organizers said the event drew 7,000 people.

Other major awardees included hospitals, with the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem and the Western Galilee Hospital receiving $250,000 each.

Groups that assist immigrants and Holocaust survivors received awards, as did educational foundations. A number of smaller awards went to groups associated with the settler movement.

Hagee founded Christians United for Israel, a lobbying and grass-roots group.

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