As President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), Yael Eckstein oversees all ministry programs and serves as the international spokesperson for the $120 million organization. Prior to her present duties, Yael held the positions of Global Executive Vice President and Director of Program Development and Ministry Outreach. Based in Jerusalem, Yael is a published writer and a respected social services professional.
A native of Chicago, and well-educated at both American and Israeli institutions — including biblical studies at Torat Chesed Seminary in Israel, Jewish and sociology studies at Queens College in New York, and additional study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem — Yael has also been a Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher in the U.S.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Yael’s late father, founded The Fellowship in 1983 to build bridges of cooperation and reconciliation between Christians and Jews. When he recognized that Yael had “caught this vision”, he began preparing her to succeed him. The Fellowship’s Board of Directors officially named Yael President-elect in April of 2018, and she assumed the role of President with her father’s passing in February 2019.