Varian Fry was an American journalist who ran a rescue network during World War II that saved between 2,000 and 4,000 from death at the hands of the Nazis.
Today, Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, whose political career spanned almost the entire life of the modern Jewish state, passed away at age 93.
The Global United Fellowship (GUF) finished their tour of the Holy Land! Learn more about the people and places they visited during the final days of their trip – and why they feel so excited to continue building their partnership with The Fellowship!
For the one in every four people who experience motion sickness during travel, a new device created by Israeli innovators may make your next boat, plane, or car ride more enjoyable. All you have to do is wear this device around your neck to alleviate your symptoms.
The High Holy Days – which begin with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and conclude with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) – is the most sacred time on the Jewish calendar, marked by special services, prayers, and meals. But for those living in poverty, this 10-day holiday is more about survival than sacred celebration. This is why The Fellowship offers extra assistance to impoverished Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) in the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days, ensuring that these needy children, families, and elderly are able to observe these days with dignity and undivided devotion.
As we at The Fellowship grieve and send condolences to the entire Eckstein family upon the loss of Rabbi Eckstein’s father, Rabbi Simon L. Eckstein, it is of interest to know the Jewish traditions on death and mourning, and how these rituals bring comfort to family members. Below is an excerpt from Rabbi Eckstein’s definitive book on Judaism, How Firm a Foundation, about many of the customs and traditions associated with mourning the death of a loved one.
The Global United Fellowship (GUF) members feel so blessed to continue their tour of Israel hosted by The Fellowship! Learn more about the places and people they visited on days 3 and 4 of their journey.
It was announced this morning that The Fellowship will partner with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), with whom we have worked for many years, on a new project to distribute medicine and food to impoverished elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU), thus saving countless lives in the coming years.
There’s a fascinating book called “What If?” in which historians share their thoughts about how life would be different today if something in the past had worked out another way. For example, in the 1920s, Winston Churchill was in Manhattan when he was grazed by a passing taxi. One historian wondered how our world would be different if that taxi had been a foot over and had killed Churchill instead. There are many such “what if’s” that we can ask, but one historian, William McNeill, points to what he thinks is the most important event in history that – had it gone differently – would have changed the world as we know it. That event is the triumph of King Hezekiah over Sennacherib, King of Assyria.
Rabbi Simon L. “Sy” Eckstein, a beloved Canadian-Jewish leader and renowned psychologist and authority in the field of gerontology, passed away at his Jerusalem home today, Sept. 24. He was 96. He was the father of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.