2023 Annual Meeting & Conference

April 21-April 23, Charlotte, North Carolina









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 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sessions at DoubleTree Suites Hilton Charlotte – SouthPark in the Clayton Room

Sessions streamed live to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter



Details on schedule and program


5:00 PM Registration
6:00 PM Welcoming and Opening Remarks – James Tabor
7:00 PM Candle  Lighting for Shabbat – Patty Tyler



9:00 AM      Welcome and Opening Remarks – James Tabor
9:30 AM

Fourscore Years Ago … David Horowitz’s Unfolding Vision for Our Movement – James Tabor


The Horowitz Legacy – Ralph Buntyn

Lunch Break
2:30 PM

Open Session: Giving and Sharing – Our Spiritual Journeys – Facilitated by David Tyler

4:00 PM

The Spiritual Dimensions of Music in the Bible and in Our Modern Times – David and Patty Tyler

7:00 PM

Songs of the Spirit – The Tyler-Box Quartet



8:30 AM

Annual Business Meeting – Ralph Buntyn

9:30 AM

Fragments of Stone and Skin – Moab’s Treasures: One Broken, One Lost – Ross K. Nichols

11:00 AM

Audience Dialogue, Discussion, and Q&A

Lunch Break
2:30 PM

Where Are We? – Assessing Our Weekend – James Tabor



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 professor of Christian origins and ancient Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University North Carolina at Charlotte where he served as Chair for ten years. Since 1990 Tabor has made 72 trips to Israel pursuing research, doing archaeology, and leading students and other adult groups who want a unique Holy Land Experience. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago in Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism. Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive field work in archaeology in Israel and Jordan, including work at Qumran, Sepphoris, Masada, and Wadi el-Yabis in Jordan, the Suba “John the Baptist” cave, the “Tomb of the Shroud,” and the Talpiot “Jesus” tombs. Among his publications areThings Unutterable (1985); A Noble Death (1992); Why Waco: (1995); Restoring Abrahamic Faith (2008 with new edition in 2021)); and the New York Times bestselling The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity (2006). In 2010 he published two books: The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity (Simon & Schuster) and Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity (Simon & Schuster). His latest two books are The Book of Genesis: A New Translation from the Transparent English Bible (2020) and Paul’s Ascent to Paradise: The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle. Tabor’s latest book, The Lost Mary: How the Jewish Mother of Jesus Became the Virgin Mother of God (Knopf) will be published in 2023. You can find all his books on Amazon. You can visit his blog at: https://jamestabor.com


Ross K. Nichols is a biblical researcher, author, and educator. He has traveled extensively to Israel over the past decade, leading tours and conducting biblical research. Nichols has participated in archaeological excavations in Jerusalem and at Biblical Tamar south of the Dead Sea. He has mapped and surveyed the desert regions associated with the biblical narratives with a particular emphasis on the quest to identify the locations mentioned in the wilderness itineraries of the Pentateuch. He has also participated in expeditions to Har Karkom, one of the proposed sites for Horeb/Sinai. Nichols is the author of The Moses Scroll (St. Francisville, LA: Horeb Press 2021) and a popular blog related to emerging Shapira research. He is presently working on two additional books involving newly discovered evidence related to the Moses Shapira story. Nichols is also producing a study edition and commentary on the Pentateuch (Horeb Press), planned for release serially, with Volume I scheduled for publication in 2023. Nichols is a Vice President and an ordained minister of the Hebrew Faith for United Israel World Union, an educational, non-profit organization founded in 1944. His weekly classes in Biblical studies are live-streamed to a growing, global audience. Archives of his biblical teaching are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, YouTube, and various other social media platforms. To learn more about The Moses Scroll or follow the Author’s Blog, visit (https://themosesscroll.com). You can also visit Ross’ main website (https://rossknichols.com).


Ralph Buntyn is a retired marketing executive for a Fortune 500 company. He is executive vice-president and associate editor for United Israel World Union, a 79-year-old Jewish organization dedicated to propagating the ideals of the Decalogue faith on a universal scale. An author, writer, and historian, his articles and essays have appeared in various media outlets including The Southern Shofar, The Jerusalem Post, United Israel Bulletin, and The Times of Israel, where he is a regular contributing writer. He is the author of “The Book of David: David Horowitz: Dean of United Nations Press Corps and Founder: United Israel World Union.


David Tyler is Vice President of International Affairs 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.



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!

Please make your hotel reservation before the cut-off date, 20 March 2023 to receive the group rate.

To book hotel from our website or the Hilton App, select event dates, enter code UIE in “Group Code” under special Rates.


Visit our UI page for hotel reservations: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/unitedisrael2023cltdt/

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