The Bridge Builder: The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein by Zeev ChafetsThe amazing story of Yechiel Eckstein, a Chicago-based orthodox rabbi who founded the world’s largest philanthropic organization of Evangelical Christians in support of Israel.
When the Anti-Defamation League sent a young Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to Chicago to foster interfaith relations in the late 1970’s, he was surprised to see how responsive Christian evangelicals were to the cause of supporting and defending Israel.
Eckstein founded The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in 1983 to promote cross-cultural understanding and build broad support for Israel, Soviet Jewry, and other shared concerns. The Fellowship has grown and thrived over the last three decades, raising more than $1.1 billion, and is one of the largest 50 NGOs in America today. American Christians have become one of Israel’s most reliable sources of financial and moral support.
Few people realize that Eckstein and The Fellowship have done an unprecedented good deed in bridging an ancient cultural gap. Renowned journalist Zev Chafets explores Eckstein’s role in this important interfaith evolution, showing how an American rabbi made major progress in promoting dialogue, cooperation, and mutual respect in the face of harsh and unrelenting opposition.
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Help Charity Navigator rate more organizations with your tax-deductible donation. Board Leadership Stockwell Day Chairman. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians and to build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns. Our vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, respect and cooperation. Over the years, we have been leaders in Jewish-Christian relations, building bridges of goodwill that have led to greater understanding and cooperation between members of these two great faiths. Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar , GlobalGiving , Classy , and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information for rated nonprofits. However, not all rated nonprofits have provided impact information yet.
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Cnaan Liphshiz. His fellowship has already arranged the arrival of 4, Ukrainian Jews since it started in to handle Jewish immigration to Israel, or aliyah , from that war-torn country. But entering the epicenter of an established Orthodox Jewish community like the one in Paris is not routine for Eckstein — a maverick rabbi who is often shunned in Orthodox circles for his outreach to Christians and his study of other faiths, including Buddhism. The visit, to which Eckstein invited a JTA reporter, was a sign that Eckstein is finally gaining some acceptance in mainstream Orthodoxy. At the synagogue, Eckstein burst into an unsolicited cantorial performance from the ornate pulpit, triggering an angry dispute with a local community boss.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews also referred to as IFCJ or The Fellowship is a philanthropic organization founded in by Yechiel Eckstein whose stated goal is to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians , and build broad support for the State of Israel. In , he established the Holyland Fellowship of Christians and Jews to promote Jewish-Christian cooperation on projects for improving the safety and security of Jews in Israel and around the world. In , "Ask the Rabbi," The Fellowship's nationally syndicated radio program, began airing on predominantly Christian stations. In , the first group of Russian Jews is airlifted to Israel by the On Wings of Eagles program, which has since brought hundreds of thousands of Jews to Israel from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, Argentina and other distressed countries. James Rudin , a senior inter-religious adviser for the American Jewish Community, described Eckstein as "well-respected within the American Jewish mainstream. Until he came along, evangelicals and Jews were like ships passing in the night.