We are delighted to welcome Dumisani Washington and his wife Valerie to the Carmel JFF on Saturday, March 18. The film Rosenwald will be shown at MIIS at 7:00 p.m., followed by a brief presentation and Q & A. The evening will culminate with a dessert reception.
Dumisani Washington is the Director of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI), and Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). He is also a pastor, author, composer and music educator in Stockton, California. He and his wife, Valerie, have been married 28 years and have six children ages 15 to 26. His latest book is entitled Zionism & the Black Church: Why Standing with Israel Will be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century. His upcoming book is entitled The Jewish Diaspora: Understanding Israel’s Multi-Ethnic Identity & Her Prophetic Return to the Land.
Dumisani is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and director of The Zion Academy of Music in Stockton. He is also senior pastor of the Congregation of Zion in Stockton; and director of the gospel/Hebrew musical group, The Hebrew Project based in Northern California.
Dumisani formed the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI) in July 2013. IBSI is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between Israel and the Jewish people, and people of African descent through education and advocacy. IBSI is a social media and library resource, and partners with individuals and organizations all over the country as well as in Nigeria, Kenya and Israel.
At over 3.1 million members, CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States. As CUFI’s National Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Dumisani works with pastors, churches, college students and millennial’s to strengthen the ties between the Christian community and the Jewish State. While continuing to pastor in Stockton, Dumisani also lectures across the country and internationally.