International humanitarian organization partners with first responders ahead of snowstorm in Israel
The Fellowship | February 19, 2021
JERUSALEM — On Wednesday, just ahead of the storm that covered Jerusalem and the surrounding area with a thick blanket of snow, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) together with United Hatzalah, distributed more than 200 packages of warm blankets, space heaters, and food supplies to elderly residents of the capital and the surrounding region.
Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein said: “The Fellowship’s mission is to be on the ground and make sure that Israelis and Jews around the world are safe and provided for even in extreme situations. Whether it’s war in Ukraine, rockets in southern Israel, or snow in Jerusalem, The Fellowship is always there to help the most vulnerable.”
Since January, The Fellowship has distributed scarves, heated blankets, heating vouchers to 10,000 elderly citizens, and heating vouchers to 5,250 families across the country.
President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said: “United Hatzalah is proud to have partnered with The Fellowship once again in order to help safeguard Israelis. The project works hand-in-hand with our Ten Kavod project in assisting elderly residents of Jerusalem and the surrounding area on the coldest night of the year. It is incredibly important to remember our friends, neighbors, and the elderly in our community at times such as these and make sure that they have all the necessary supplies to ride out the storm and extreme temperatures. We see this as another part of our services that we provide for the community completely free of charge.”
The recipients, some of whom are Holocaust survivors, were very thankful and appreciative of the packages. United Hatzalah volunteer David Agassi who assisted in the distribution said that Shoshana, a 99-year-old woman and Holocaust survivor, was so thankful that she was even brought to tears. “This is an incredibly important project and I am happy to have been a part of it,” Agassi said.
Eckstein concluded: “As I looked into Shoshana’s eyes, I thought of all they had seen. This woman stood at Auschwitz and looked into the eyes of Josef Mengele — the Nazi ‘Angel of Death,’ and one of the architects of the Holocaust — as he sent her parents to the gas chambers. She deserves to live the rest of her life in comfort and dignity. I know that when she looks into the eyes of our staff and partners, she sees the love and compassion of hundreds and thousands of people who want to help her.”
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 helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide — and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Founded by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $120 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.8 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.
Yael Eckstein is the President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. In this role, Eckstein oversees all ministry programs and serves as the organization’s international spokesperson. She can be heard on The Fellowship’s daily radio program airing on 1,500 stations worldwide. Before her present duties, Yael served as global executive vice president, senior vice president, and director of program development and ministry outreach. Based in Jerusalem, Yael is a published writer, leading international advocate for persecuted religious minorities, and a respected social services professional. As President and CEO of The Fellowship, she also holds the rare distinction of being a woman leading one of America’s largest religious not-for-profit organizations.