The International Fellowship of Jews and Christians (IFCJ) has been popular due to the relentless work carried out by its founder, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The organization helps Jews around the world to escape poverty, persecution and also helps Holocaust survivors to live a decent and dignified life. It has also helped a lot of Jews to come back to their native land, Israel so that they can start living over there anew. The Rabbi was at the forefront of all the initiatives that were carried by the organization.
His entrepreneurship and association with different people and governments helped in making it possible for his organization to help so many Jewish people around the world. We take a look here at some other aspects of his life.
- A lot has been written about him – In August 2015, the authorized biography of the founder of IFCJ was penned down by the famous journalist, Zev Chafets and it was titled “The Bridge Builder”. It details all the major works done by him. There is also an informative book by Penguin Random House by the name of “The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein”. It also details some major works by the Rabbi. The Hebrew version of “The Bridge Builder” is also in circulation in Israel so that Jews can go through it and understand all the major assignments undertaken by him.
- He was the main person behind the success – The Rabbi, through his organization IFCJ, made a lot of difference to the lives of Jews around the world. The organization raised more than $1.6 billion since 1983 and introduced programs for the Jewish population helping them in Israel, Latin America, the erstwhile Soviet Union, Ethiopia along with more than 58 countries worldwide. His impactful programs have been quite well-received by a lot of Jews and have made a big difference to their lives.
The Rabbi has been a major support for the Jewish population due to his enormous help through the organization.