It is because of The Fellowship’s faithful Christian friends that we are able to help the neediest Jewish people – the elderly, children, families – in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere around the world. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein talks of her appreciation for this partnership and says that this friendship blesses both Christians and Jews:
There is a phrase I have been hearing more often lately, one that agitates me to no end. It makes me feel like so many of my people are being foolish and blind about the fate of our nation, which has been friendless for thousands of years and has only recently acquired a deep and respectful friendship with a group of people we used to consider “the other.”
Let me set the scene for you.
I receive a phone call from the executive of a large non-profit organization or company in Israel saying they need to meet with me about an urgent issue. I clear my schedule and arrive at the meeting. With a big smile, the executive opens our meeting with a line that goes something like this: “For years, I’ve been reluctant to receive money from Christian Zionists, but now we’re in a very difficult situation, so we have decided to accept money from The Fellowship.”
Astonished and angered, I try to keep my feelings to myself. But now, it’s time to speak out. It’s time for me to raise my voice, before it is too late.
For more than 30 years, my father, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, has dedicated his life to building bridges between the Jewish and Christian communities. “The Jewish people have never been large in number,” he recently told me.
“To have hundreds of millions of Christian friends support us financially, politically and with prayer puts Israel in a stronger position than we ever could have dreamed of.”
And, indeed, in the past 30 years that friendship has only grown. Today, the Christian community is one of the most outspoken voices of support for Israel and the Jewish people.
It’s become clear to me and so many others that Christian supporters of Israel have no intention of converting Jews or changing us.
They support Israel because of the verse in the Torah, Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse.”
These Christians want to bless God’s people and, in doing so, take part in God’s blessings.
It’s that simple.