The Fellowship Provides Relief from Israel's Worst Snowstorm in Decades
Hundreds Receive Food, Heaters, Blankets; Israel’s President Peres Tells Volunteers, “You Are the Pride of Jerusalem”
On the morning of Sunday, December 15, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) opened two emergency aid distribution centers in Jerusalem to provide immediate relief from the worst snowstorm to hit Israel in decades. Then, with the help of more than 100 volunteers, The Fellowship delivered 1,500 meals plus hundreds of blankets and heaters to needy elderly and their families throughout areas hardest hit by the snowstorm. Throughout the day volunteers visited more than 400 homes of elderly citizens, bringing three meals to each person and supplies to help them survive the cold. Many had no electricity and were unable to leave their homes.
President Shimon Peres and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat came to thank the volunteers. Peres told them, “You are the pride of Jerusalem. I am so very proud of you, the people who opened their homes and hearts to others, and those who dropped everything and came to aid centers to help. I came to thank you as a citizen and resident of Jerusalem. You have displayed much grace and kindness in these tough times.”
Mayor Nir Barkat stated how heartwarming it was to see how The Fellowship “always seems to have a finger on the pulse [of the Israeli people] and knows how to respond to their most basic needs.” In response to requests from city officials, The Fellowship also opened an additional aid distribution center in East Jerusalem.
The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, expressed his pride that so many turned out to help The Fellowship in its relief efforts. “Each winter, The Fellowship invests millions of dollars in winter heating grants for the elderly,” he said. “In light of the massive storm that struck Israel we immediately decided to launch an emergency operation to enable those in Jerusalem who cannot keep warm or heat their homes to get the help they need. The spirit of compassion shown to these seniors by the volunteers today helped to heat both their homes and hearts.”
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 CEO 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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