Yechiel Eckstein was an Israeli American rabbi whose organization IFCJ has raised more than $1.5 billion for Israel (going by the IFCJ reviews). He did this by promoting closer ties with the evangelical Christians abroad. However the news of his death in Jerusalem at the age of 67 was almost a shock to the nation. The death was announced by the IFCJ, Israel’s largest nonprofit organization and no reason was cited.
After his death the Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin paid tribute to him and said that Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein worked relentlessly to benefit the citizens of Israel and to strengthen the bond between the Christian communities and Israeli communities.
Areas of Focus of the IFCJ
He became an Israeli citizen in 2002 and the Fellowship has focused on assisting immigration to Israel and providing welfare and support for the needy and the poor, the Holocaust survivors. The organization has since decades helped to build and upgrade thousands of bomb shelters and has also given surveillance drones to communities along the Gaza border to improve security. The Fellowship now raises $ 140 million per year mostly from small donations from Christians.
Not an Unanimous Support, Why?
However even after these efforts, not everyone approved of his success. The Rabbis and the Israelis on the right remain divided over the principle of accepting money from Evangelicals. The Evangelicals were believed to ultimately convert the Jews to Christianity. No matter what, Yechiel Eckstein went on to create a history which he believed will be repeated in years to come.
He has built up what he and others described as an empire. From hard days to days of success and even after that, IFCJ and its global domain has helped and has stood up like a solid wall of faith. Even after his death may it continue to usher the value of prosperity and power among all.