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The Fellowship Brings Hope This Christmas

The Fellowship’s field coordinator, Yassar Alsaad, delivers Christmas food to Georgette and Jamil in east Jerusalem. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi) The Fellowship’s field coordinator, Yassar Alsaad, delivers Christmas food to Georgette and Jamil in east Jerusalem. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

Just in time to celebrate Christmas, hundreds of needy Israeli Christians received food assistance from The Fellowship. “With the Christmas holiday approaching, there’s no better time to help the most vulnerable members of Israel’s Christian community,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of The Fellowship.

Food vouchers redeemable for $100 worth of food were distributed to 550 needy Christian families throughout Israel.

Typical of the recipients were Jamil and Georgette, both 75 years old and residents of East Jerusalem. The couple lives in subsidized housing owned by the Roman Catholic Church. Although Jamil had worked at the local U.N. offices, he receives no pension and the couple must survive on $570 monthly social security benefits from Israel’s National Insurance Institute.

“The Christmas holiday is a symbol of peace and love. I’m very grateful to The Fellowship and its donors,” Jamil said. “The Fellowship was the first to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and to give us this wonderful gift that will help us celebrate the holiday. Thank you and Merry Christmas!”

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