As Israel Battles Terror in the North, Fellowship Soup Kitchens Still Serve

The Fellowship  |  June 27, 2024

Family in public bomb shelter receiving Fellowship food and emergency aid in response to Hezbollah attacks.
(Photo: Guy Yechiely)

The Fellowship supports 21 soup kitchens in Israel, which are all the more important as tensions and violence heat up in Israel’s north. And we are increasing our emergency funding. The Jerusalem Post tells us more:

While Kiryat Shmona has been evacuated for many months due to its proximity to Israel’s northern border, not all of the city’s more than 20,000 residents have left. Some 3,000 people have remained behind – and they make up the strongest and the weakest members of the city’s population, Yael Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) explained to The Jerusalem Post…

“You have two different groups of people who have remained,” said Eckstein. “One is the leaders, the strongest, the bravest, who are able to actually stay there in order to contribute.”

These are people “whose families were all evacuated, and they’re there driving [and living] under rocket attack, under drone attack, in order to make sure those who have remained are safe and in order to protect the infrastructure,” she explained…

THE IFCJ supports Beit Batya, a soup kitchen in Kiryat Shmona, along with 20 others as far south as Eilat. During the war, all of them have remained operational and they have increased funding to the Kiryat Shmona soup kitchen to enable it to provide more meals.