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Ask Yael: Feeling at Peace During Times of Terror

Yael discusses how she prays and teaches her children during this time of increased terror in Israel.

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What Christians and Jews Can Learn from Hanukkah

Last night at sundown, the Jewish people began their eight-day celebration of Hanukkah. Here, Yael tells us what lessons Christians and Jews alike can learn from the Festival of Lights.

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Portrait of Yael Eckstein

Dear God, Save Us from Ourselves

Israel was established with the vision of brotherhood, unity, diversity; a haven for Your people. Miraculously, You opened up an opportunity for the Jewish people to come home, to no longer be strangers in a strange land. But, sadly, we have...

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Representing Israel

As I stepped on the plane in Israel destined for Washington D.C. two weeks ago, I must admit that I felt a little nervous. With all of the rising tensions between the American and Israeli administrations, for the first time ever I felt nervous...

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Penny Nance (Concerned Women of America) with IDF officer and Yael Eckstein at one of the IDF Fellowship Social Clubs, sitting on couch

Yael to Speak at Religious Liberty Panel

This coming Monday, May 4, Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein will be in Washington, D.C., to speak on Capitol Hill on a subject of great importance – religious persecution in the Middle East.

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Portrait of Yael Eckstein

We All Stand and Remember

It's been 70 years since the Holocaust ended, but I have spoken to countless Holocaust survivors who are still haunted by the ungodly stench of death and burning bodies.

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Flying to Redemption in the Holy Land

I arrived at the airport half an hour before the first group of new immigrants on the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight from Ukraine was supposed to come out of processing as new Israeli citizens. There were already dozens of people holding signs,...

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Saving Lives and Providing Hope

I grew up in snowy Chicago, where despite the winter’s freezing temperatures, there were certain things we could count on. We knew that we could take warm showers because we had hot water, and we knew that when we turned on the heat it would work....

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Speaking Out for Ukraine's Jews

Since the fighting in Ukraine began around a year ago, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has been helping the Jews in areas of fighting find safety and refuge. We have been providing Jews who have been “left behind” with the...

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Warming Bodies, Warming Hearts

This past week in Israel, news reports on Iran, ISIS, and even the upcoming Knesset elections were put on hold. Instead, the impending snowstorms in Jerusalem and other high-altitude locations in Israel have been at the forefront of everyone’s...

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Making History and Fulfilling Prophecy

For months, Fellowship staff has been tirelessly arranging every detail of the complex operation to bring hundreds of Ukrainian Jewish refugees home, and today, that operation was carried out with great success.

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Coming of Age

Given the fact that I am the youngest child in our family and among the youngest cousins, it has been well over a decade since anyone in my family has had a bat mitzvah. Although it feels like so long ago that they took place, some of my fondest...

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Providing for Israel's Future

In the past few weeks, I have met dozens of children in Israel who feel like they were born to fail. Looking into their eyes so full of sadness and hopelessness, it became clear to me that one of the hardest things to endure in life is the feeling...

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Portrait of Yael Eckstein

We Are a Light

It was a typical morning. My alarm sounded at 6:30 a.m., and outside, morning rush hour began.

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The Faith of a Child

Sometimes it takes an innocent child and their open, trusting ways to really demonstrate the beauty of simple faith. Children can be so much more in tune to truth and holiness than adults. I was reminded of this lesson this past week when I read...

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A Time of Family and Faith

It feels like just yesterday that I was only 5 years old, hard at work helping my father, Rabbi Eckstein, build our family sukkah for the Sukkot holiday. I can still feel the cold wind of Chicago that blew against my face as I proudly held the...

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A Wake-Up Call

I breathed a sigh of relief as I read the newspaper headline that the code red sirens that sounded across southern Israel this week were just false alarms.

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Portrait of Yael Eckstein

The Secret Weapon of Faith

With my baby on my lap and my two older children playing outside of the synagogue, this Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) I prayed with all of my heart for a peaceful world. And as Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) approaches, it is a peace that I...

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Portrait of Yael Eckstein

A Symbol of Hope and Happiness

Last week, my 8-year-old daughter came home from school with holiday pictures she had painted for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. As we looked over the pictures, she explained to me each painting’s significance. “This picture is of a shofar,”...

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Portrait of Yael Eckstein

Healing the Scars of War

After spending six weeks in America during Operation Protective Edge, my family and I returned home to Israel just four days after the ceasefire with Hamas was announced. “Don’t worry, we’ll be returning to quiet instead of war,” I assured my...

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Portrait of Yael Eckstein

Israel's Christian Friends: Our Candle in the Dark

When I left Israel nearly six weeks ago for my annual trip to America, the rockets had already begun to fall. Just two nights before my family boarded a plane for Chicago, we were frantically running for shelter as the code red siren blared,...

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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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