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The Fellowship rises to the challenge: more than $2 million in assistance to Ukraine

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, increases its pledge of emergency assistance to more than $2 million for the Jewish community of Ukraine.

In light of the extreme civil unrest and growing attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions in Ukraine and in response to urgent requests for help, The Fellowship announced it is doubling its commitment to the security of Jewish orphanages, educational institutions and community centers, and to provide humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of elderly people and poor families.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship, said, “In emergency situations such as this I am so grateful that our donors – Christians in the U.S. and around the world – are quick to show their deep love for the Jewish people both in prayer and also materially, by providing financial assistance to help Jews in crisis. It is this steadfast partnership that allows us to respond immediately to feed the hungry, to house the homeless, and to protect the innocent victimized by hate.”

The President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, Mr. Lev Leviev, said, "I welcome the assistance from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which stands resolutely beside those Jews most in need in the former Soviet Union and other countries on a daily basis, and in times of crisis. It warms the heart to know that there are good, charitable people who never forget those most in need." Yael Eckstein, Senior Vice President agreed. “Now is our time to stand together and proudly declare the famous phrase of ‘never again.’ Through our actions, we can show those targeting the Jewish community in Ukraine that Christians will not remain silent as their Jewish brothers and sisters are attacked.”

The special assistance announced today for Ukraine is in addition to the unprecedented grant of $20 million to former Soviet Union communities that was donated in 2013, and that will be increased in 2014. During the past 15 years The Fellowship has donated over $150 million to the former Soviet Union. The aid focuses on providing basic provisions to the elderly and needy children as well as strengthening Jewish education in the region.

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About The Fellowship

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews began in 1983 as an effort to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews. Today it is also a prominent force for helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide. The Fellowship is the world’s largest channel of Christian support for Israel and the charity distributing the most aid in Israel annually. Led by its founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $120 million per year — the large majority from Christians — to assist Israel and the Jewish people through extensive aid programs. The Fellowship has raised more than $800 million for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul.

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