Rabbi Eckstein recently visited the town of Bir Hadaj in Israel’s Negev desert to help deliver two Fellowship-donated ambulances to the Bedouin minority group living in the area. The community’s closest hospital is about an hour away in Be’er Sheva, so they needed a way to transport people seeking emergency medical care.
The Bedouin community is ranked one of the poorest in Israel. Many in the community are unemployed and poverty is widespread. Because this is a minority group in Israel, they are easily overlooked. But Rabbi Eckstein seeks to promote equality among all the citizens of Israel and to build bridges of friendship.
During the course of his visit, Rabbi Eckstein also distributed food cards to the needy and first-aid kits to paramedics. He met with leaders of the community, who welcomed Rabbi Eckstein with joy. The rabbi then went for a walking tour of the village and visited the homes of residents.
The Fellowship hopes the two donated ambulances will serve this community well!