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The Fellowship, JDC Announce Milestone $52M “Food and Medicine Lifeline” for Poor, Elderly Jews in the FSU

“The Lifeline” critically expands the Fellowship's stalwart commitment to the world's most impoverished elderly Jews through JDC partnership

NEW YORK – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) today announced the launching of The Fellowship’s “Food and Medicine Lifeline,” a milestone $52 million Fellowship commitment to ensure that impoverished elderly Jews including Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet Union (FSU), receive the critical food and medicine they need to survive. The announcement is the result of a significant expansion of the two-decade partnership between The Fellowship and JDC.

The newly established IFCJ Food and Medicine Lifeline ensures that life-saving assistance is delivered to tens of thousands of needy Jews across the vast expanse of the FSU via JDC’s local network of humanitarian services. The four-year, $13 million-per-year partnership significantly expands longtime cooperation between the two organizations and marks a new era in The Fellowship’s longstanding commitment to help the poorest of elderly Jews in the FSU.

“There are countless hungry and sick elderly Jews across the FSU, including over 100,000 needy elderly and Holocaust survivors, who depend on our help,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship’s founder and president. “Through this powerful new partnership, we will, G-d willing, be able to come to their aid.”

“Too many Jews around the world, but especially in the former Soviet Union, struggle to meet their most basic needs, including securing the food and medicine they need simply to survive. On behalf of our Christian supporters and friends of the Jewish people worldwide, we are very pleased to be partnering with JDC, the Jewish people’s legacy communal welfare system, to address this dire situation.”

Through the Food and Medicine Lifeline, The Fellowship is taking responsibility for addressing the basic food and medicine needs of one of the world’s most vulnerable Jewish populations.

“JDC is proud to be selected by The Fellowship as its operational partner to provide food and medicine to impoverished elderly across the former Soviet Union,” said Alan H. Gill, CEO of JDC. “The Fellowship’s commitment enables JDC to ensure that this humanitarian challenge is met and that, together, we can relieve the desperation of the most vulnerable Jewish elderly in the world.”

The Fellowship’s commitment significantly expands the longtime cooperation between the two organizations, which together have worked to relieve the suffering and uphold the dignity of the FSU’s poorest Jews. The Fellowship’s Food and Medicine Lifeline will ensure the continuation of life-saving services to the FSU’s vulnerable Jewish elderly, support critical to an aging population facing overwhelming challenges and providing a sense of community to many who have no one to turn to in their time of need.


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About The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

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, Kiev, Miami, Paris, Toronto, Seoul, and Sao Paulo. For more information, please visit

About the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters. For more information, please visit

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