JERUSALEM — This week, the late Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein was honored with the dedication in his name of the shock trauma unit at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel. Those attending the dedication ceremony on October 28 included Eckstein’s daughter and President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Yael Eckstein, along with Rambam General Director Michael Halberthal, local mayors, and even Avi Dichter, Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister.
“This is a unique and special honor for my beloved father, and I know he would be delighted to see his name featured in a place that spends 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing life-saving care to our brothers and sisters in Israel,” said Mrs. Eckstein. “The team at Rambam are essential to the life and stability of Israel, and I’m humbled to see the name ‘Eckstein’ displayed at the hospital’s trauma unit. May my abba Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s legacy inspire others and may the Lord bless all those who work diligently to care for the people who call Israel home.”
Rambam Hospital in Haifa is a critically important hospital to the nation of Israel, as it serves all of northern Israel during regional conflicts with Syria and Lebanon, and is on the front lines of giving urgent care to victims of terror attacks on a nearly weekly basis. Rambam is also noteworthy in that it features the world’s largest underground fortified hospital, a project which The Fellowship helped fund.
In 2012, The Fellowship donated $1 million from Christian supporters for protected operating rooms at the hospital, and in 2016 they gave an additional $1 million for the Fortified Command Center in their Underground Emergency Hospital.