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Where It All Began

United Israel World Union is 501(c)3 educational research organization founded in 1944 by David Horowitz (1903-2002), who devoted his life to its goals and purposes. Its primary focus is to function as an association of any and all who are drawn to the One God of Abraham and the revelation of the Holy Scriptures (the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible).

WHAT WE AFFIRM

We affirm the truths of the Hebrew Scriptures, and are committed to the vision of the Hebrew Prophets and the ideals of the Kingdom of God; namely that justice, righteousness, and the knowledge of God might fill the earth as the waters cover the seas. We seek to promote biblical values involving responsible stewardship of the creation and peace among humankind through the printed and spoken word and by example. As part of this mission UIWU seeks to establish places of study, devotion, and spiritual guidance and to appoint the necessary leaders and teachers for the various centers of UIWU worldwide.

UIWU further proposes on the basis of the Biblical injunctions: “My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples,” and “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of YHVH shall be delivered,” to be as universal in creed and outlook as is the Bible itself; wherefore UIWU will function as a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, educational organization. Accordingly any person who recognizes and accepts the Hebrew Bible as the basis for his or her daily conduct of life, and supports these goals, may become a member of United Israel World Union.

A central theme of the Hebrew Prophets is the union of Judah, the Jewish people, with their brothers and sisters of the “Ten Lost Tribes” of Israel. Accordingly, UIWU strives to put forth a call to all those around the world who might be part of the Lost Tribes, providing them with historical research related to their forgotten heritage; to awaken them to a consciousness of their true identity; and to encourage them to unite with Judah in following the ancient Hebrew faith as revealed in the Torah and the Prophets.

our major activities

Among our major activities are the following:

▪ Maintaining the United Israel World Union Center in Charlotte, NC as a visible and physical anchor to the 76-year-old movement. This Center with its lovely “Judaica” design theme is a showcase and meeting place that proudly represents our unique movement, its history, and its message (used by rabbis and religious leaders, board meetings, research projects, film documentaries, Bar Mitzvahs, special gatherings).

▪Establish and maintain other United Israel “Centers” as well as local gatherings in the United States and abroad as places of “study, devotion, and spiritual guidance,”

▪ Maintaining the Historic Archives: UIWU, United Nations, and Horowitz’s life and career (50,000 documents)

▪ Maintaining the David Horowitz Memorial Research Library : History, Judaica, Archaeology, Lost Tribes, Biblical Studies, Hebrew Language, Dead Sea Scrolls (4000 volumes)

▪ Distributing the book Restoring Abrahamic Faith by Dr. James D. Tabor often free or at cost (4500 copies to date)

▪ Organizing and sponsoring the United Israel Conference each April in Charlotte, NC.

▪ UIWU Sponsored Trips to Israel

▪ UIWU Involvement in the Mt Zion Archaeological Excavation in Jerusalem

▪ Charitable work including disaster relief efforts, clothing distribution, and other efforts.

▪ Weekly teaching and study sessions by UIWU leaders throughout the country and several continents, including the weekly internet teaching from St Francisville, LA by UIWU Vice-President Ross Nichols and teaching/ministry efforts of David and Patty Tyler in upstate New York.

▪ Primary Web site (unitedisrael.org) with a growing archive of articles, audio and video teachings, and archive materials. Collective “Page Views” on our web sites surpass 1,000,000 a year.

▪ Promotion of Dr. James Tabor’s extensive writing on Christian Origins to deal with the major obstacles to a return to a more Hebraic Faith—namely the views of Jesus and Paul among many Christians (TaborBlog 1,500,000 page views)

▪ Active use of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) through multiple sites directly reaching over 500,000 per year.

▪ Expanding our contacts with our extensive mailing list of over 20,000 who have contacted us and regularly use our materials.

▪ Extensive outreach making use of radio, TV, and print media.

About United Israel’s Iconic Symbol

United Israel World Union was founded by David Horowitz and incorporated in New York on April 17, 1944.

Fifteen years later, on April 26, 1959, the organization adopted its official emblem.
The new insignia holds special significance because of its unique design and the little-known story behind it.

Five years earlier, noted artist and sculptor, Dr. Rene Shapshak and his wife Eugenie, moved from Johannesburg, South Africa into the famous Chelsea Hotel on 7th Avenue located in downtown Manhattan. Born and educated in Paris, Shapshak was an alumnus of the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris that produced such giants as Claude Monet and Pierre Renoir.

Dr. Shapshak had become a world-renowned artist and sculptor, bringing his artistic and cultural contributions to many countries. His art is represented in Buckingham Palace, in the Rothschilde, Schiff and Schonegevel Collections in England and Athens, Greece and in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. He did sculptures of Mahatma Ghandi and John Cecil Rhodes of Great Britain. His Rhodes sculpture is in the Rhodes Museum at Bishops Stotford, England. Among his sculptures in New York City are those of Cardinal Francis Spellman, Dr. Leo B. Mayer and Playwright Arthur Miller.

In 1956, Dr. Shapshak had the privilege of sculpting a bronze bust of former President Harry S. Truman. The sculpture was placed in the Hall of Fame at the Ben Yehuda National Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. It was unveiled in Israel on Truman’s 73rd birthday.

Dr. Rene Shapshak was a close friend of David Horowitz and an active member of the United Israel organization. It was Dr. Shapshak who personally designed the new United Israel insignia. Brilliantly conceived, the Seal itself represents a dynamic activating Wheel with a spinning Star of David in which the Earth revolves. The Levitical escutcheon with the Ten Commandments represents the Tribe of Levi and its purpose. YHVH is honored as the true Savior as indicated in the ancient Hebrew script YHVH Hu Go’alenu. On the periphery of the spinning wheel are the remaining symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel.

The special seal crafted by internationally renowned Dr. Rene Shapshak remains today our official logo appearing on all organizational documents and stationary.

What is the Hebrew Faith?

“I am a Hebrew and I fear the Almighty, who made heaven and earth”

People often ask who we are, what we are, or how we define ourselves in terms of our religious faith? The answer is as simple as it is profound. We hold to the Hebrew faith as reflected in the Hebrew Bible, or what is often called the Old Testament.

So what is the Hebrew faith? And perhaps just as important, what is it not?

It is not Judaism although it affirms the vital and ongoing role of the chosen people of Israel in the unfolding plan of the Creator God, including their prophetic return to the Land of Israel in the latter days. Israel’s central mission is to provide a light and an example to the rest of the world, as a witness to the One God, His ethical Way of life, and to God’s prophetic Plan for the entire world.

But the Hebrew faith is broader than Judaism per se.

It is universal in its scope, reflecting the visionary perspectives of the Hebrew Bible: “Turn to Me, all the ends of the earth;” “My House shall be a house of prayer for all peoples,” and “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Almighty as the waters cover the seas.”

Abraham is the first one called a “Hebrew” in the Bible. The word means “one who had crossed over.” He had left his homeland of Babylon, his family, and his countrymen, following the leading of God to the promised Land. He becomes a “great nation” but he is specifically chosen because he will teach “his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Almighty by doing justice and righteousness.” Abraham pioneers a Way of faith, walking in a personal relationship with God that is applicable not only to his children, but to his larger household who were not his physical offspring. He provides a model for all humanity to follow.

The prophetic Plan revealed in the Hebrew Bible is that “all nations” will someday be drawn to the One Creator God of the Bible and experience an era of peace, prosperity, justice, and righteousness. This messianic hope, as laid out by the Prophets, is the only hope of humankind.

The Way of the Creator is revealed by a careful historical reading of the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms, as inaugurated by the great prophet Moses, and proclaimed by the Hebrew Prophets to all nations. Any human being who responds to that Biblical message of ethical Monotheism, and seeks to apply the teachings of the Bible to his or her life, can rightly become part of the greater Hebrew Faith. This individual act of faith and commitment transcends any particular creed, council, denomination, tradition, or human organization. No intercessors or mediators are required. We invite all who are so moved to join us on these ancient paths, upholding the Hebrew faith as it is revealed in the Bible, and thereby beginning on this exciting “road less traveled.”

The principle texts upon which these affirmations are based are: Jonah 1:9; Isaiah 43:10-11; Isaiah 45:22; Isaiah 56:7; Isaiah 11:9; Genesis 14:13; Genesis 12:1-3; Micah 4:1-5:4; Isaiah 59:16-22: Jeremiah 6:16

Seven Principles of Biblical Faith
  1. There is One Creator God, YHVH, the One Who will be, is and always was, beside Whom there is no other. He is the Great, the Mighty, and the Awesome One—merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loyal love and faithfulness. To Him alone we offer our deepest love and highest devotion. (Genesis 1:1; 17:1; Exodus 3:13-15; 6:3; 34:5-7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 42:8; 43:10- 11; 44:6-8,24; 45:5-6,21-22; Hosea 12:5)
  2. The Holy Scriptures consist of the 22 books of the Hebrew Bible: the TORAH, the Prophets, and the Writings (Tanakh or Protestant Old Testament). The Hebrew and Aramaic texts of these books reflect the fundamental historical revelation of YHVH to humankind. (Deuteronomy 4:4; 12:32; Psalm 1:2; 19:7-11; 119:89,142,160; Isaiah 8:16-22; Malachi 3:22-24 [4:4-6])
  3. The WAY of God for humanity is revealed and reflected in the TORAH and amplified in the Prophets and Writings. It is chiefly summed up in the Ten Commandments spoken to all Israel at Sinai, but it is known and illustrated by precept, example, principle, and admonition, throughout Holy Scriptures. That WAY is ultimately applicable to all nations—the universal WAY of peace, justice, love, truth, and righteousness for all humankind (Psalm 119:89, 142, 160; Isaiah 2:2-4)
  4. Salvation is an individual matter involving repentance or turning of one’s life in faith and trust to YHVH. All who call upon YHVH as Savior, Redeemer, and Lord, receive forgiveness, grace, and the Holy Spirit. There are no mediators required, and no sacrifices, animal or human, will suffice. Like a compassionate parent, God forgives sin for His own sake, and those who turn to Him experience an intimate relationship as sons and daughters of a heavenly Father. Like Abraham, they become the “friends of God,” and enter into the Abrahamic Covenant of faith. (Zechariah 1:3 & Malachi 3:7; Isaiah 1: 16-20; 45:22-24; 43:25; Psalm 145:18; 103:9-14; 25; 40:6-8; 51; Micah 6:6-8; Ezekiel 18; Genesis 12:1-3; Jeremiah 16:19; 31:31-34; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2-3)
  5. The Kingdom of God is the goal of human history; it is the chief longing of those who know, love, and serve God in the present age. In that Day YHVH Himself will dwell with humankind, the will of God will be done on earth as it is in heaven, violence among men and beasts will cease, and the knowledge of YHVH will fill the world as the waters cover the sea. YHVH will be King over all the earth, the TORAH will reach all nations, and all humankind will experience the benefits of a new age. Human beings will be able, at long last, to reach their full potential as creatures made in the image and likeness of their Creator God. (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11; 24; 66; Zechariah 14:1-9; Daniel 2:44; 7:27; Malachi 3:23-24 [4:5])
  6. The Nation of Israel, descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, has a continuing Covenant with YHVH that has not been revoked. They are the Chosen nation, the priestly kingdom, the Servant of YHVH through whom He has vowed to bring the light of TORAH to the whole world. Because of this historic mission, the full restoration of all twelve tribes to the Land is the central theme of all the Prophets. (Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:27-31; Jeremiah 31:27-40; Ezekiel 36-37)
  7. The Second Coming of YHVH as Lord, Redeemer, Savior, and King of Kings, to rule over all the earth is the hope of humankind. This great turn in history will be ushered in by His prophetic Messiahs/Anointed Ones, as His chief human agents who prepare the way for His coming—the Branch of David as Prince, and the final Priest/Teacher, who stands beside him. They will be empowered by YHVH to fully restore TORAH faith in the land of Israel, complete the re-gathering of the Twelve Tribes, rebuild the Sanctuary as a House of Prayer for all Peoples, and call upon all nations to repent and turn to God. (Isaiah 11; Micah 5:2-4; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:14-26; Zechariah 2-4; 6:11-14; Malachi 3-4)

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