Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, joins Liberation75 event to address plight of Holocaust survivors
The Fellowship | May 4, 2021
JERUSALEM — More than 75 years ago, the Holocaust, one of the greatest atrocities in history, came to an end. Liberation75, billed as the “World’s Largest Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, Descendants, Educators & Friends,” will take place virtually May 4-9, 2021, to draw attention to the growing needs of the remaining survivors of this atrocity.
Countless Holocaust survivors in Israel and the former Soviet Union live in obscurity, poverty, and isolation. On Thursday, May 6, Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), will join Rabbi Eli Rubenstein, a distinguished Holocaust educator and religious leader, at Liberation75 to discuss the work that still needs to be done to address the tremendous damage that Nazi brutality inflicted on these survivors.
Eckstein’s conversation with Rabbi Rubenstein will explore how The Fellowship’s mission of building bridges between the Christian and Jewish communities has created a groundbreaking alliance that is supporting thousands of Holocaust survivors who live in dire poverty.
“The needs of Holocaust survivors in Israel and the former Soviet Union are so great – especially now, after the year of sickness, isolation, and economic hardship we’ve just experienced,” Eckstein commented. “I’m truly honored to be joining Rabbi Rubenstein at Liberation75 to discuss how The Fellowship is addressing these needs, and how so many Christians have taken on the responsibility of providing for Jews in need around the world.
“Elie Wiesel, who was himself a Holocaust survivor, said, ‘Just as a man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope.’ Hope has sustained the Jewish people through millennia of suffering and hardship. And today, the fact that Christians have fully embraced desperate Holocaust survivors and surrounded them with their compassion shows me that, no matter how dark the world may get, there will always be hope for better and brighter tomorrow.”
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.