The living condition of some of the Jewish people never gathered much pace in positive direction ever since the world war. The Jewish people scattered across the globe found it challenging to provide their family with basic amenities required to maintain a standard lifestyle.
The famed Rabbi, Epstein at a very young age realized the poor condition of the people from his community and wanted to do something for them. He left several jobs and did odd jobs from time to time to establish his fellowship program called IFCJ or International Fellowship for Christian and Jewish people did outstanding work over the years to help the people from his community.
The beginning of IFCJ:
There was a long-standing mistrust between the Christian and Jewish community and Epstein wanted to diminish that and tried to bring the two communities together in matters with similar biblical relevance. He took financial aid from evangelicals who had a bitter-sweet relation with the Jewish community in the initial days of the IFCJ.
Currently, the fellowship operates across the globe helping millions of Jews with food, shelter, medicine, monetary aid and in some cases provides them with rehabilitation to their homeland. The IFCJ and JDC tied their program together to help the estranged Jews of the former Soviet Union. One will be surprised to know that, there are tens and thousands of Jews residing in the former Soviet Union with poor financial condition.
The budget of the program and other programs of IFCJ:
The program to help these people with food, medicine and shelter got set up with an estimated fund of more than 50 million US dollars. Apart from the mentioned program, the fellowship started by Rabbi Epstein also has another program which helps hundreds of Jewish every year to get back to their motherland from the former Soviet Union. The program is one of the few fellowship programs which massively depends on the donations and fundraised from fundraisers for their day to day operations.