The founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein has recently expired on 6 February, Wednesday, in Jerusalem at his own home. He was 67 years old at the time of his death. The news of his death has been declared by ICFJ itself.
Eckstein, the “bridge builder”
Renowned as being the “bridge builder”, Eckstein was venerated for making the connection between the Jews and the Christians stronger. Reflecting on this aspect, the honorable Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his tributary note to the Rabbi, said that his contribution to bringing the Christian communities and the State of Israel closer cannot be repaid.
Foundation of IFCJ and other projects
Rabbi Eckstein is particularly well-known for raising a huge amount of fund (approximately $1.5 billion) from the evangelists for the Israelis. He understood the need of help for the Israelis and he was also aware of their hesitation in communicating with the evangelists. That is why he founded the Fellowship in the year of 1983. The organization aims to stretch out the hand of help basically to the poor, elderly people, Holocaust survivors, and Ethiopian-Israelis.
In addition to its headquarter in Jerusalem, the organization has centers in Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, and South Korea. He began his project named “On Wings of Eagles” in the wake of the mass immigration of the Jews from the Soviet Union to Israel during the 1990s.
According to the IFCJ reviews, Yechiel Eckstein was born on July 11, 1951, in Winthrop, to a Canadian rabbi cum psychologist serving in Winthrop at that time. He had three daughters from his first marriage and, on his death; he left behind these three daughters, eight grandchildren, his second wife, and his mother.
It is great grief for the nation as well as the Jews community to lose such a personality.