Global Reach; Life Saving Impact
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews: Providing Assistance, Promoting Understanding, and Advocating for Israel
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, begun in 1983 as an
effort to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews,
is today the largest and most trusted organization in the world supporting Israel
and helping her people, and the largest philanthropy in the Holy Land.
Led by its founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship provides humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and security on behalf of the Jewish state, and builds bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.
The Fellowship now raises more than $110 million per year—mostly from Christians—and has nearly two million supporters and advocates. The Fellowship, with offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul (and soon in Australia), has raised more than $800 million for this work.
The Fellowship has provided humanitarian aid to millions of people in more than 20 countries, and its robust communications network—including teaching, television and radio programs, and web contacts—reaches many millions more in some 100 countries each day, creating an enormous groundswell of aid and good will.
Through programs of direct assistance such as food, medicines, blankets and heat for disadvantaged individuals and families in Israel, including the elderly, Holocaust survivors, children, and victims of terror, The Fellowship provides humanitarian aid to 1.2 million Israelis a year. Through its On Wings of Eagles program, The Fellowship has enabled more than 700,000 Jews from around the world to immigrate to Israel (make aliyah) and move toward stable lives in the land of their fathers. Thousands more are helped through dozens of security projects funded by The Fellowship around the world. Many of the poorest Jewish families in the world live in the nations of the former Soviet Union, where The Fellowship helps more than 375,000 of these people through vital food and supplies each year.
People helped by The Fellowship (2011)
Emergency and basic needs in Israel
Aid to impoverished and orphaned children for Rosh Hashanah, food packages for holidays, vouchers for food, food for impoverished and orphaned children, seven soup kitchens (150,000 meals), meals for firemen during the Carmel fires, heating for the elderly, funds for emergency basic needs, aid for families suffering from Carmel fire damage, support for IDF widows and orphans
Programs for the elderly (day centers and clubs), help in moving families toward self-sufficiency, programs for women (assistance for poor, abused, and single mothers), assistance with access to immigrant services, professional training for Ethiopian immigrants, professional training for young adults (dental assistants, nurses), academic studies for graduates of IDF fighting units (Impact), 19 spiritual centers, Haggadahs (books for Passover) for Ethiopian immigrants in assimilation centers
Children and youth
Aid for orphans, special programs in the community, food for homeless and at-risk youth, centers for the community (children-at-risk warm houses and Fellowship houses), five children’s villages, immigrant youth-movement program, help for youth village after the fire in Carmel, pre-military preparatory program
Security-related emergency needs
Aid to hospitals: MRI and respiration equipment, emergency centers, renovation of public bomb shelters, placement of portable bomb shelters in the south, soldiers' welfare: vouchers for clothing, soldiers' dignity: products for soldiers’ homes, assistance for Ethiopian immigrant soldiers, city with no violence program, four fire trucks for northern Israel
Basic emergency needs outside Israel
Food, medical aid and medicines, medical aid for children, clothing and food for children, food and summer camps for school children, medical center in Moscow, security for Jewish institutions worldwide, help in bringing immigrants to Israel, aid to the camp in Gundar, Ethiopia
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, has devoted more than 35 years to building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews and broad support for the State of Israel. He is recognized as the world’s leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christians.
Rabbi Eckstein received Orthodox Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York. He holds master’s degrees from Yeshiva University and Columbia University, where he also completed studies for his doctorate. Rabbi Eckstein has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Seminary. He currently serves on the executive committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, where he is also chairman for global aliyah and rescue.
In 2005, Rabbi Eckstein was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Israel, and in 2010 Israel’s Minister of Welfare and Social Services, Isaac Herzog, presented Rabbi Eckstein with the government of Israel’s first-ever Award for Special Contribution to the Welfare of the People of Israel. In 2010, he received the Man of the Year award from the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia in a special ceremony in the Kremlin.Building Understanding
Rabbi Eckstein has become the leading international voice teaching on the Jewish
roots of Christianity to Christians and deepening their bonds with Israel.
The Rabbi’s teachings and The Fellowship’s other communication and advocacy programs are reaching millions of people daily, including:
Radio: The Fellowship’s radio programs are now heard in English and Spanish on 2,354 radio outlets by nearly 15 million listeners each week on five continents. The daily two-minute Holy Land Moments radio show on the Jewish roots of Christianity is heard on 921 English-language stations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Philippines, Israel, and Africa. It is now heard by nearly 3.8 million weekly listeners. Momentos en Tierra Santa, the Spanish-language version of Holy Land Moments was launched in February 2012, and now reaches just over 5.3 million weekly listeners through 602 stations across Latin America and the U.S. Israel in the News, our five-minute weekly news update, is now airing on 1,274 stations and reaches 2.1 million listeners each week. Public service announcements air on 288 stations to an average of 1.6 million weekly listeners, and 26-minute project-focused programs are heard by nearly 2 million weekly listeners.
Television: The Fellowship’s extensive television programming with specials airing nationally in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and in Europe nearly every day, reaching tens of millions of viewers a week – highlights the needs of Jews in Israel, Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, Arab lands, and other countries.
Social Media: The Fellowship has a strong and rapidly growing social and new media presence, with more than 371,000 active Facebook fans and more than a million weekly impressions, two top-tier blogs – the Stand for Israel advocacy blog and The Bridge blog on Fellowship programs and people; and an influential Twitter presence.
Websites: Three major websites (The Fellowship, Stand for Israel, and Holy Land Moments) provide information on The Fellowship’s work, news, and educational resources to more than 50,000 weekly visitors who view 83,000 Web pages a week. Some 5.8 million weekly marketing impressions are made on other Websites.
Publications and Other Contacts: The Fellowship’s weekly e-publications are sent to more than 385,000 subscribers, print mailings are sent to some 400,000 people, and calls are made to 45,000 people.
Books: Rabbi Eckstein also has penned several books throughout the years that have built a bridge of understanding between Jews and Christians and made it possible for cooperation on common causes. New releases include a book on the Holy Days of Israel (35,000 printed) and DVD Bible study curriculum on the Sabbath (35,000 printed) and the Jewish Roots of God’s Word (15,000 printed).
Church outreach: The Fellowship is actively engaged with 5,417 American churches, representing 270,000 people, and has reached some 3.7 million parishioners.
The Fellowship has been involved in organizing advocacy efforts on behalf
of Israel since 2002, including national conferences and direct influence on hundreds
of government officials and decision makers. These advocacy efforts have spurred
activism by thousands of Christians and Jews, and even like-minded organizations
The Stand for Israel advocacy group is a highly respected channel of information and challenge with a Facebook following of more than 300,000 people, a daily news advisory, and a blog that averages 40,000 visitors a month.