The Jerusalem Post has released its list of the world’s 50 most influential Jewish people. We would like to congratulate Rabbi Eckstein for making the list, and for being “A bridge-builder for interfaith cooperation”:
As founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein has emerged as one of the most influential Jews in several countries – especially Israel, the US and Ukraine.
In America, Eckstein is best known as one of the primary bridges between the evangelical Christian Zionist community and the Jewish state, speaking at churches, promoting interfaith cooperation and raising millions in charitable contributions. Eckstein’s network of gentile supporters has become an important source of revenue for his operations in Israel and elsewhere, which have helped spread his influence.
Fellowship donations have financed the establishment of Nefesh B’Nefesh, Ethiopian aliya through the Jewish Agency and social services programs throughout Israel, which have earned him the moniker of “The Jewish state’s unofficial welfare minister.” The IFCJ also runs numerous programs providing hot meals and warm clothes to Israel’s poor, including the country’s large population of Holocaust survivors, among other projects.
In Ukraine, the fellowship has spent millions on resettling and providing for Jews displaced by their country’s conflict with Russian-backed separatists, funneling aid money through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Chabad.