The global reach of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews began in 1983 as an effort to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, is today the world’s largest organization of Christians actively working with Jews worldwide to support Israel and the Jewish people.
Founded by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and led by its President and CEO Yael Eckstein, The Fellowship provides humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and security on behalf of the Jewish state, and builds bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.
The Fellowship now raises more than $144 million per year – mostly from Christians – and has 2.3 million supporters and advocates. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $2.62 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul.
The Fellowship has provided humanitarian aid to millions of people in more than 40 countries, and its robust communications network – including teaching, television and radio programs, and web contacts – reaches many millions more in some 100 countries each day, creating an enormous groundswell of aid and good will.
IFCJ Mission Statement
The International Fellowship of Christian and Jews is the leading non-profit building bridges between Christians and Jews, blessing Israel and the Jewish people around the world with humanitarian care and life-saving aid.
Through programs within global reach of direct assistance such as food, medicines, blankets and heat for disadvantaged individuals and families in Israel, The Fellowship provides humanitarian aid to more than 2 million people in need worldwide, including the elderly, Holocaust survivors, children, and victims of terror.
Through its On Wings of Eagles program, The Fellowship has enabled more than 760,000 Jews to immigrate to Israel (make aliyah) and move toward stable lives in the land of their forefathers. Thousands more are helped through dozens of security projects funded by The Fellowship around the world. Many of the poorest Jewish families in the world live in the nations of the former Soviet Union and small Jewish communities worldwide, where The Fellowship provides vital food and supplies each year.
Emergency and basic needs for elderly and Holocaust survivors – more than 220,000 people
Food packages, food vouchers, and meals-on-wheels for need elderly on a monthly basis as well as for holidays; medicines and medical aid and services; support of dozens of soup kitchens; heating for the elderly; funds for emergency basic needs; programs for the elderly (day centers and clubs
Basic needs for families, needy children, orphans, etc. – more than 871,000 people
Clothing to impoverished and orphaned children for Passover and Rosh Hashanah; food packages and food vouchers year-round as well as for holidays; hot meals for needy school children; backpacks and school supplies; help in moving families toward self-sufficiency; programs for women (assistance for poor, abused, and single mothers); professional training for young adults (dental assistants, nurses’ aides); scholarships and training for at-risk children and youth; and aid to minorities in Israel (Christians, Druze, Bedouin)
Security-related emergency needs – more than 1.4 million people
Aid to terror victims and their families; equipment and emergency renovations to hospitals and first responders; soldiers’ welfare including vouchers for food, clothing, furniture, and other basic needs; assistance for Ethiopian immigrant soldiers; support programs for former soldiers, lone soldiers (without family support) and soldiers in need.
Immigration and resettlement – more than 13,000 people
Assistance for needy Jewish people to make aliyah (immigrate) to Israel; programs for klitah (resettlement), including assistance with access to immigrant services, vocational training for Ethiopian immigrants; and support for basic needs of immigrants from 30 countries, including those in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Rabbi Eckstein has become the leading international voice teaching on the Jewish roots of Christianity to Christians and deepening their bonds with Israel.
The Rabbi’s teaching and The Fellowship’s other communication and advocacy programs are reaching millions of people daily through the following channels:
Radio: The Fellowship’s radio programs are heard on 2,689 radio outlets via satellite by over approximately 27.6 million listeners each week on six continents. The daily two-minute and one-minute Holy Land Moments radio shows on the Jewish roots of Christianity are heard on more than 1,380 radio outlets with over 15 million listeners in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Kenya, and throughout Latin America. Israel Today, one-minute news spots, is delivered monthly to 808 stations with more than 8 million listeners. Our newest radio program, Christian Voices for Israel, features Christian pastors and thought-leaders on support for Israel and is distributed monthly to 501 stations with more than 3 million listeners. We also air a special series titled “Bless Israel” on approx. 8-12 stations with a reach of 875,000- 950,000 listeners each week throughout the U.S.
Television: The Fellowship’s extensive television programming – with specials airing on local, national, and satellite TV in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea nearly every day, reaching over 80 million viewers a week – highlights the needs of Jews in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and around the world.
Social Media: The Fellowship has a strong and rapidly growing social and new media presence, with over 1.5 million Facebook followers; two top-tier blogs – the Stand for Israel advocacy blog and The Bridge blog on Fellowship programs and people; and an influential Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram presence.
Websites: Our website provides information on The Fellowship’s work, news, and educational resources to supporters worldwide with over 300,000 monthly impressions.
Publications and Other Contacts: Daily or weekly e-publications are sent to more than 4.4 million subscribers, print mailings are sent to some 477,000 supporters, and over 700,000 calls are made to partners yearly. The Fellowship receives 4,000-5,000 gifts a day, with an average gift of $73.
Books: Rabbi Eckstein has penned several books throughout the years that have built a bridge of understanding between Jews and Christians and made it possible for cooperation on common causes. His most recent release is Passover – An Inspirational Guide (15,000 printed), that outlines a traditional Jewish Seder with commentary for Christians. In addition, he has co-authored with Christian theologian Dr. Tremper Longman III the One Year® Holy Land Moments Devotional (published by Tyndale House, 20,000 printed). He also has written several other inspirational books, including Holy Songs of Israel (15,000 printed), an inspirational look at the Psalms with a CD featuring Rabbi Eckstein and his daughter Talia singing Jewish worship songs inspired by the psalms, and the Holy Days of Israel (35,000 printed). In addition, he has a line of DVD Bible studies on Keys to Shalom (15,000 printed); Biblical Temples (15,000 printed); the Sabbath (35,000 printed), and the Jewish Roots of God’s Word (15,000 printed).
In 2015, Rabbi Eckstein’s authorized biography, The Bridge Builder: The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, was released to high acclaim. Written by award-winning and renowned author Zev Chafets, The Bridge Builder recounts Rabbi Eckstein’s role in the important interfaith work of building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews, promoting dialogue, cooperation, and mutual respect in the face of harsh and unrelenting opposition.
Church outreach: The Fellowship is actively engaged with 4,000 churches and clergy.
The Fellowship has been involved in organizing advocacy efforts on behalf of Israel since 2002, including national conferences and direct influence on hundreds of government officials and decision makers. These advocacy efforts have spurred activism by thousands of Christians and Jews, and even like-minded organizations and churches.
The Stand for Israel advocacy group is a highly respected channel of information with a Facebook following of more than 13 million monthly impressions, a daily news advisory, and a blog that averages 30,000 visitors a month.