The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, begun 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 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 $140 million per year – mostly from Christians – and has nearly two million supporters and advocates. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.4 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, Seoul, and Sao Paulo.
The Fellowship has provided humanitarian aid to millions of people in more than 25 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.
Through programs 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 1.6 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 730,000 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 helps more than 440,000 of these people by providing vital food and supplies each year.
People helped by The Fellowship (2016) – 1,629,394 people
Emergency and basic needs in Israel – 637,198 people
Clothing to impoverished and orphaned children for Passover and Rosh Hashanah, food packages for holidays, vouchers for food, hot meals for needy schoolchildren, 17 soup kitchens (serving1,921,660 meals a year), heating for the elderly, funds for emergency basic needs, backpacks and school supplies for indigent students, support for IDF widows and orphans of fallen soldiers.
Strengthening programs – 93,840 people
Programs for the elderly (day centers and clubs), 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).
Neglected orphans and needy children – 2,404 children & youth
Aid for orphans and foster children, special programs in the community, food for homeless and at-risk youth, renovations at foster homes, orphanages and children’s villages, after-school programs, beds and basic furniture for children living in poverty.
Security-related emergency needs – 300,112 people
Aid to terror victims and their families, hospitals, emergency renovations and equipment, soldiers’ welfare: vouchers for food and clothing, assistance for Ethiopian immigrant soldiers, support programs for former soldiers, lone soldiers (without family support) and soldiers in need.
Basic emergency needs outside Israel – 441,523 people
Food, medical aid and medicines for needy elderly, medical services, clothing and food for impoverished children, summer camps for children of working parents, medical center in Moscow, security for Jewish institutions worldwide.
Immigration and resettlement – 194,697 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 25 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: Rabbi Eckstein’s radio programs are now heard in English and Spanish on 4,156 radio outlets by over 16 million listeners each week on six continents. The daily two-minute Holy Land Moments (Momentos en Tierra Santa in Spanish) radio show on the Jewish roots of Christianity is heard on more than 2,000 radio outlets with over 12 million listeners in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Kenya, and throughout Latin America. A five-minute and three-minute weekly news update, Israel in the News (Israel en las Noticias in Spanish), is now airing on nearly 1,300 stations and has 1.8 million listeners each week. A daily one-minute Pray for Israel program, featuring the prayers of our supporters, airs on 779 stations with almost 2 million listeners each week.
Television: The Fellowship’s extensive television programming – with specials airing nationally in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and in Europe nearly every day, reaching 18 million viewers a week – highlights the needs of Jews in Israel, Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, Arab lands, and other countries.
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, Pinterest, 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 newest 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 6,600 American churches, representing 500,000 people.
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.