Global Reach, Life Saving Impact
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews: Providing Assistance, Promoting Understanding, and Advocating for Israel
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, begun in 1983 as an
effort to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews,
is today the largest and most trusted organization in the world supporting Israel
and helping her people, and the largest philanthropy in the Holy Land.
Led by its founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship provides humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and security on behalf of the Jewish state, and builds bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.
The Fellowship now raises more than $120 million per year—mostly from Christians—and has nearly two million supporters and advocates. The Fellowship, with offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul, has raised more than $900 million for this work.
The Fellowship has provided humanitarian aid to millions of people in more than 20 countries, and its robust communications network—including teaching, television and radio programs, and web contacts—reaches many millions more in some 100 countries each day, creating an enormous groundswell of aid and good will.
Through programs of direct assistance such as food, medicines, blankets and heat for disadvantaged individuals and families in Israel, The Fellowship provides humanitarian aid to 1.4 million people in need worldwide, including the elderly, Holocaust survivors, children, and victims of terror. Through its On Wings of Eagles program, The Fellowship has enabled more than 723,000 Jews to immigrate to Israel (make aliyah) and move toward stable lives in the land of their forefathers. Thousands more are helped through dozens of security projects funded by The Fellowship around the world. Many of the poorest Jewish families in the world live in the nations of the former Soviet Union and small Jewish communities worldwide, where The Fellowship helps more than 567,000 of these people by providing vital food and supplies each year.
People helped by The Fellowship (2013)
Emergency and basic needs in Israel
Clothing to impoverished and orphaned children for Passover and Rosh Hashanah, food packages for holidays, vouchers for food, hot meals for needy schoolchildren, 21 soup kitchens (serving 1,178,520 meals a year), heating for the elderly, funds for emergency basic needs, backpacks and school supplies for indigent students, support for IDF widows and orphans of fallen soldiers
Programs for the elderly (day centers and clubs), help in moving families toward self-sufficiency, programs for women (assistance for poor, abused, and single mothers), professional training for young adults (dental assistants, nurses’ aides), academic scholarships for graduates of IDF fighting units
Neglected orphans and needy children
13,875 children & youth
Aid for orphans and foster children, special programs in the community, food for homeless and at-risk youth, renovations at orphanages and children’s villages, immigrant youth-movement program, pre-military preparatory programs, beds and basic furniture for children living in poverty
Security-related emergency needs
Aid to hospitals, emergency centers and first-responders, renovation of public bomb shelters, placement of portable bomb shelters in the south, basic needs for residents taking shelter in bomb shelters (blankets, mattresses), soldiers’ welfare: vouchers for food and clothing, assistance for Ethiopian immigrant soldiers, support programs for former soldiers
Basic emergency needs outside Israel
Food, medical aid and medicines for needy elderly, medical services, clothing and food for impoverished children, summer camps for children of working parents, medical center in Moscow, security for Jewish institutions worldwide
Immigration and resettlement
Assistance for needy Jewish people to make aliyah (immigrate) to Israel, program for klitah (resettlement), including assistance with access to immigrant services, vocational training for Ethiopian immigrants, and support for basic needs of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Turkey, Middle East, and Ethiopia
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, has devoted more than 35 years to building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews and broad support for the State of Israel. He is recognized as the world’s leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christians.
Rabbi Eckstein received Orthodox Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York. He holds master’s degrees from Yeshiva University and Columbia University, where he also completed studies for his doctorate. Rabbi Eckstein has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Seminary. He currently serves on the executive committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, where he is also chairman for global aliyah and rescue.
In 2005, Rabbi Eckstein was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Israel, and in 2010 Israel’s Minister of Welfare and Social Services, Isaac Herzog, presented Rabbi Eckstein with the government of Israel’s first-ever Award for Special Contribution to the Welfare of the People of Israel. In 2010, he received the Man of the Year award from the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia in a special ceremony in the Kremlin.
In 2013, Rabbi Eckstein was recognized for his unwavering support of the Israel Defense Forces and received its distinguished Defender of Israel Award. He also was honored by Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating charity in Israel (since 1788), with the organization’s Global Impact Award.Building Understanding
Rabbi Eckstein has become the leading international voice teaching on the Jewish roots of Christianity to Christians and deepening their bonds with Israel. The Rabbi’s teaching and The Fellowship’s other communication and advocacy programs are reaching millions of people daily through the following channels:
Radio: Rabbi Eckstein’s radio programs are now heard in English and Spanish on more than 2,250 radio outlets by over 15 million listeners each week on five continents. The daily two-minute Holy Land Moments (Momentos en Tierra Santa in Spanish) radio show on the Jewish roots of Christianity is heard on more than 1,050 radio outlets in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Philippines, Israel, Africa, and throughout Latin America. A five-minute weekly news update, Israel in the News, is now airing on more than 1,240 stations and has 1.8 million listeners each week, PSAs air on over 342 stations reaching approximately 1.3 million weekly listeners, and 26-minute project-focused programs are heard by over 734,000 each week.
Television: The Fellowship’s extensive television programming—with specials airing nationally in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and in Europe nearly every day, reaching tens of millions of viewers a week—highlights the needs of Jews in Israel, Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, Arab lands, and other countries.
Social Media: The Fellowship has a strong and rapidly growing social and new media presence, with more than 450,000 active Facebook fans and more than a million weekly impressions, two top-tier blogs — the Stand for Israel advocacy blog and The Bridge blog on Fellowship programs and people; and an influential Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, and Instagram presence.
Websites: Three major websites (fellowship.ifcj.org, www.standforisrael.org, and www.holylandmoments.org) provide information on The Fellowship’s work, news, and educational resources to more than 50,000 weekly visitors who view 111,000 Web pages a week. Some 5.8 million weekly marketing impressions are made on other Websites.
Publications and Other Contacts: Weekly e-publications are sent to more than 390,000 subscribers, print mailings are sent to some 400,000 people, and calls are made to some 45,000 people.
Books: Rabbi Eckstein has penned several books throughout the years that have built a bridge of understanding between Jews and Christians and made it possible for cooperation on common causes. His newest release is Holy Songs of Israel (15,000 printed), an inspirational look at the Psalms with a CD featuring Rabbi Eckstein and his daughter Talia singing Jewish worship songs inspired by the psalms. Other titles include Holy Days of Israel (35,000 printed), DVD Bible study curriculum on the Sabbath (35,000 printed), and the Jewish Roots of God’s Word (15,000 printed).
Church outreach: The Fellowship is actively engaged with 5,417 American churches, representing 270,000 people, and has reached some 3.7 million parishioners.
The Fellowship has been involved in organizing advocacy efforts on behalf
of Israel since 2002, including national conferences and direct influence on hundreds
of government officials and decision makers. These advocacy efforts have spurred
activism by thousands of Christians and Jews, and even like-minded organizations
The Stand for Israel advocacy group is a highly respected channel of information and challenge with a Facebook following of more than 300,000 people, a daily news advisory, and a blog that averages 40,000 visitors a month.