The Influential Jewish Fundraisers of Past & Present

World ORT is a federation of autonomous ORT national organizations, legally constituted in Switzerland. World ORT is a non-profit global Jewish organization established for promotion of education and training in communities worldwide. Referred to as Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades, it provides professional and vocational training for young Jews. Israel was the main area of operation for ORT in 2003, but ORT Israel retracted its association with World ORT.

Rabbi Eckstein: A challenging fundraiser


Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and head of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), who passed away recently, invited Board of trustees of World ORT in connection with $200,000 fundraising for ORT’s school network in the former Soviet Union. The IFCJ reviews have clear evidence of this prominent personality who instinctively challenged World ORT’s top lay body and others at a dinner invitation. Eckstein had an influence and strength to make such challenges and he was successful in joining donors in his fundraising campaigns. His objectives of fundraising were very clear every time he pledged and made demands. His influence was able to unite Christians for some great charitable cause. This was the reason he collected most donations from Christian community. He had no motive to ask for donations from the Christian community, but he was aware of their generosity.

Rabbi Eckstein: A logical fundraiser

Most Jews and Christians are not unaware of the charity of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. His principles were same as other Jewish rabbis and he referred to tzedakah for Jews. However, the logic of Rabbi Eckstein had broader application. He was not in favor of limitation of charity. He believed that your list of priorities should also include bottomed enlisted needy and he should also receive a little chunk of charity money. Yechiel Eckstein was active in the era of 19th century before he passed away on February 24, 1908, but he is remembered even today in Jewish community.