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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

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'If I Forget You, O Jerusalem...'

During his upcoming trip to Israel - which comes just days before the Jewish state celebrates Jerusalem Day, and the 50-year anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification - President Trump may speak on the status of the Holy City as Israel's...

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Confronting Horror, Encountering Hope at Auschwitz

Earlier this week, I visited Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland where more than a million Jews were murdered. The somber visit provided evidence of the catastrophic events of the Jewish past, but also hope for a thriving Jewish future.

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The Power of Prayer

In the United States, faith and prayer are part of Americans' civic duties, and the National Day of Prayer acknowledges this fundamental truth. Today - and every day - let us appeal for God's assistance in securing health and safety for both...

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A Light unto the Nations

As Israel prepares to celebrate her 69th birthday, the Israeli people also observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, commemorating all those who fought to preserve Israel's independence.

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We Remember. We Act.

Earlier this week on Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honored those who were murdered during that horrible chapter in history. And just as we honored the memory of the 6 million Jewish lives that were lost, let...

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Two Are Better Than One

Two Are Better Than One

God reminds us that we weren’t designed to face difficulties alone. I see this concept at work every day as our loving community of Fellowship supporters blesses people in need, reminding them that they are not alone.

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Standing with the Sunday People

Earlier this week, on Palm Sunday – when Christians around the world commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, leading up to the celebration of Easter – bombs exploded at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.

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Hope in Something Higher

Horrific world events can cause us to despair. But this holy season of Passover reminds us of the biblical truth, “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope...

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Speaking Truth to the U.N.

Nikki Haley, the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, received something like a hero’s welcome when she spoke at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference on Monday about changing the U.N.’s...

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Choosing Life

Even as our enemies choose death, let us choose life. Let us pray that loved ones of the victims of yesterday’s terror attack in London will be comforted. And let us continue to defend, in no uncertain terms and with all our might, the...

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Whoever Is Kind to the Poor

Thanks to you, our faithful supporters, The Fellowship is in a position to help Israel’s neediest, providing families, children, and elderly with life’s basic necessities and the dignity they deserve.

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Celebrating Heroism and Deliverance

The festive Jewish holiday of Purim – which celebrates the biblical story of Esther – begins this Saturday at sundown. While Purim recalls the deliverance of God’s people nearly 2,400 years ago, it also sends...

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God’s Divine Coincidences

In the past couple of months, Fellowship staff members have had encounters with people The Fellowship has helped. Their stories remind me of the blessed work we are able to do – work made possible by your...

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Standing Up to Anti-Semitism

It happened again. Last Monday, at least ten Jewish Community Centers (JCC) around the U.S. received bomb threats. In 2017 alone, 54 Jewish community centers in 27 states and one Canadian province have received dozens of bomb threats. Thank...

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When God’s People Live Together in Unity

Two recent acts of vandalism to houses and worship – one to a church in Israel, one to a synagogue in Chicago – were indeed troubling. But the interfaith services that arose in the wake of such despicable acts inspired me, reminding...

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A Day of Celebration and Renewal

The holiday of Tu B'Shvat, which Jews around the world will observe beginning Friday at sundown, is a time to celebrate and give thanks for the natural world – and, of course to sing praises to God, Who created it.

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Moving Forward in Faith and Unity

In times of turmoil and seasons of upheaval, we must cooperate whenever possible, oppose whenever necessary, and continue our work to better this broken world, united by our firm faith in God.

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We Remember Their Dignity and Sacrifice

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day – observed on January 27 – let us remember the millions of innocents murdered by the Nazis, the many Christians who put their lives on the line so that Jewish people might live, and those...

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Hopeful in the Face of Hatred

A planned neo-Nazi march in Montana this past weekend was a reminder that blatant anti-Semitism is still alive today. And it reminds us all, as people who believe in the same God of peace and love, that we must join together to fight hatred and...

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A Prayer for Peace

This weekend’s upcoming “peace summit” in Paris is overshadowed by the United Nations’ recent anti-Israel resolution and last week’s terrorist attack that killed four IDF cadets. For there to truly be peace, the...

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God Is Our Refuge and Strength

This new year will be filled with great challenges – the U.N.’s anti-Israel actions, uncertain relations between Israel and the U.S., and rising anti-Semitism around the world. But I am inspired not only by the good that The...

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More than 60 Fellowship supporters join Rabbi Eckstein and Fellowship staff on a tour of Israel, which includes visits to project areas and biblical and historic sites in the Holy Land.

Visit Israel

Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

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About The Fellowship (IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

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