After striking chords with the Evangelicals and succeeding in raising money for the Jewish Immigrants, there was no looking back for IFCJ. Since then Rabbi Eckstein nonprofit organization has primarily focused on the wellbeing of Israeli immigrants, dedicating themselves on their welfare and supporting them throughout their adversities.
Brief note on the Organization
In 2002, Yechiel became a citizen of Israel and thus the chief operations were shifted to Jerusalem. Amongst the many good deeds that Rabbi’s organization has accomplished, the notable ones include providing drones for surveillance to the communities residing along Gaza border, donating for fire engines, providing hospitals with M.R.I machines and even improving securities to West Bank.
He followed his pledge of providing proper support to all the Jews who were caught in the on-going crisis of Venezuela. In order to distribute foods for all the needy Muslims in Morocco, he formed alliance with Chabad Hasidic Movement. It took place during the month of Ramadan.
Every year according to IFCJ reviews, it has been successfully raising about $140 millions of funds. Their main source of funding chiefly involves contributions made by evangelical Christians. The offices of Yechiel Eckstein have spread its wings to South Korea, Toronto, Chicago and many more countries. The headquarters of all these branches lies in Jerusalem which is also the base for all Christian visitors. Since its foundation in 1983, the Fellowship is estimated to have raised around $1.6 billion till date.
Criticisms did not stop Rabbi Eckstein from fulling his mission
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein was not always greeted with success. The did suffer criticism for being too considerate for towards the Jewish immigration centered only in Jerusalem. Rabbi after having served as quasi-governmental Agencies governor’s role, he resigned from the post. The often-received criticism for his heavy pay scale and also for organizing lavish public campaigns which many though exaggerated the real story of poverty levels.
But his numerous selfless works and dedication for the common people have earned him huge respect from the masses. Even few days before his untimely demise, he had the audience singing along with him at a fund-raising event.