Jewish-led humanitarian organization helps make Christmas merry for Arab Christians

The Fellowship  |  December 31, 2020

JERUSALEM — Throughout December, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) will be bringing Christmas cheer to Arab Christians in East Jerusalem. On December 7, The Fellowship hosted a Christmas tree lighting at the Christian Quarter Elderly Club. This week, staff and volunteers are distributing food boxes to elderly and clothing cards to children while singing Christmas carols.

To watch a heart-warming reaction from one of East Jerusalem’s Christians receiving his Christmas donation, check out the video footage here.


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.

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