Irving Roth

A well-known educator and Holocaust survivor will visit the Tennessee Valley area next month as part of  “Why Israel?,” a pro-Israel event held by Christians United for Israel [CUFI]. Guest speakers will include Dr. Bobby Scott, lead pastor of City Church of Dayton and Irving Roth, an educator, speaker and Holocaust Survivor.  

The first event will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at Redemption Point Church in Ooltewah, Tenn., beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Dayton event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at Rudd Auditorium on the campus of Bryan College. Both events are free and open to the public to attend.

Christians United for Israel [CUFI] is a 7.1 million-member grass-roots organization dedicated to standing with the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. CUFI holds hundreds of pro-Israel events every year.

“Attending local CUFI events will equip you with the facts necessary to defend and support Israel,” CUFI officials said. “We hold pro-Israel events across the country almost every day of the month.”

“This night will be an opportunity to learn about the biblical, historical and national importance of the nation of Israel, and to learn what can be done to stand with the nation of Israel,” Scott said.

Scott will be speaking on the importance of Israel and the ways to get involved with our nation continuing to support Israel in the atmosphere of anti-Semitism today. Irving will be sharing his personal story and experiences of the Holocaust so that we never forget.

In addition, Bryan students will hear from Scott and Roth during morning chapel on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. and the same community event will be held Sunday, Sept. 8.

“We’re looking forward to this event and hope we have a big turnout. There aren’t a whole lot of Holocaust survivors left so we are honored to have Irving Roth share his story with us,” Scott said.

Roth, a survivor of both the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps in Nazi Germany, is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, N.Y., and is the former education director of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Nassau County. An internationally known educator, Roth has endeavored to teach people about the Holocaust and the lessons that can be learned from that experience.

Through his participation in programs such as Adopt A Survivor, in which young people “adopt” a Holocaust survivor and learn of his or her experiences, and the March of the Living, he has worked to ensure that an atrocity like the Holocaust never happens again.

Many people throughout his community owe their knowledge of the Holocaust to Roth. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his work promoting a more accepting and diverse world. It is his life’s mission to make the world a better place that has earned him the Spirit of Anne Frank Award.

Scott is a CUFI State Coordinator, a position he took on earlier this year. He has been involved with CUFI for around a year and a half.

 “After going on a pastor’s trip to Israel with the organization, I was asked to take on the new position of Tennessee State Coordinator in January of this year,” Scott said. M”y role is to organize and speak at events within the State of Tennessee on behalf of U.S./Israel relations, educating and connecting people with Christians United for Israel and giving them a way to practically support the Jewish people and Israel.”