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AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCHES HIT HARD BY HURRICANE MATTHEW TO RECEIVE AID FROM THE FELLOWSHIP

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is providing $40,000 to black Christian church communities affected by the disaster, prays for victims

CHICAGO, Oct. 13 – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) is providing $40,000 to four of the largest African-American Christian church groups in North America whose churches and community members in the Southeast and Caribbean were hard hit by Hurricane Matthew over the past week.

The Fellowship today provided $10,000 apiece to the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC), based in Washington, D.C.; the National Baptist Convention of America (NBCA), based in Lake Charles, La.; the Global United Fellowship (GUF), based in Nassau, the Bahamas; and the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), based in Memphis, Tenn., to help support churches and their members who were affected by the hurricane and flooding.

The funding will help pay for emergency aid, including food, medicine, power generators, baby care items, building and home repair materials for damaged churches and church members’ homes in N.C., S.C., Fla., the Bahamas and Haiti.

Over the past several years, The Fellowship has been building bridges with these African-American church movements, among the largest in the U.S. and which together represent tens of millions of people in North America and around the world. Over the past year, The Fellowship hosted leaders of the church movements on trips to Israel, to experience the Holy Land firsthand.

“Hurricane Matthew has disrupted lives in the Caribbean and along the East Coast in the United States. In the midst of this devastation The National Baptist Convention of America is grateful for our partnership with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews,” said Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert Jr., president of the NBCA.

“Having just traveled to Israel a few weeks ago on the invitation of Rabbi Eckstein, and having personally witnessed the extent of The Fellowship’s tremendous charitable work, receiving this generous donation so soon does not surprise me,” added Bishop Neil C. Ellis, presiding bishop of the GUF. “Even though I was led to believe prior to the trip, I am now convinced since the trip that the rabbi has a tremendous heart towards the people of God and is serious about building bridges between Christians and Jews.”

This past summer, The Fellowship also provided $5,000 to the NBCA for emergency food and water supplies to help churches and community members affected by severe flooding in Louisiana.

“I am grateful that we are able to help the people of the southeastern U.S. in their time of need,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship. “At times like this, it is more important than ever that we stand together to help those who are the victims of this tragedy by providing them not just with material assistance, but with hope. I ask all people to join us in prayer for those who have lost their homes and their livelihoods in this devastating storm and its aftermath, and to pray for a swift recovery for those who have been injured.”

About The Fellowship:

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces in helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.3 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Seoul, and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.

For further details, contact: Ryan Greiss, Puder PR, New York: (212) 558-9400; [email protected]

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