Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, a Jewish philanthropist, founded international charity organization, the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews (1983) that emerged as a billion-dollar philanthropic empire. Rabbi Eckstein bridged the gap between Christians and Jews. He was the first to tap into Christian love for Israel.
He strived hard to convince Evangelical Christians and raised massive funds. The American Christians also donated to IFCJ with the open heart. The IFCJ became a massive empire with the efforts of Rabbi Eckstein who was a charismatic personality and influential individual.
What’s expected from Yael
Rabbi Eckstein is no more and the responsibility of massive empire built by him is now on the shoulders of his daughter Yael Eckstein, who is new president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Jews have no doubt that Yael worked with her father and has capabilities like her father, but her personality traits can’t be compared with Rabbi Eckstein. Rabbi gone and what’s gone can’t be recovered now, but IFCJ has to see what can be achieved in the future.
The million-dollar question on Yael’s fundraising abilities
The million-dollar question has been raised, and everyone is curious to know the answer. The Evangelical Christians had opened their wallets for Rabbi Eckstein and donated freely for the good cause, to help Jews. Will Yael Eckstein be able to maintain the pace set by her father? Will wallets of Evangelical Christians be opened to Israel like at the time of Yael’s father? Among charities active in Israel today, few can rival the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews when it comes to fundraising capabilities.
The Yael’s influence
The influence of IFCJ is still great after the death of Rabbi Eckstein. The Christians know that Yael Eckstein is the daughter of Rabbi Eckstein. She also talked to influential American Christians. What will be the outcome of her approach in maintaining the momentum of fundraising set by her father? There’s still time to get the results.