JERUSALEM — Through the celebration of Passover, Jews around the world commemorate their miraculous deliverance by God from 430 years of slavery and oppression in Egypt: “Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come” (Exodus 12:42). This Passover season, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) will be assisting over 200,000 Jews largely through the support of Christian friends around the world.
“Despite our extensive humanitarian work, our ultimate mission is one of building bridges between Christians and Jews,” said Yael Eckstein, President of The Fellowship. “That mission is never more pronounced than at Passover each year as Christians around the world join the Jewish community in celebrating together and by providing practical assistance to those who do not have the resources to celebrate, themselves.”
In total, more than $5 million of aid will be distributed throughout Passover, including over $250,000 in assistance dedicated to welfare programs for children, alone.
The Fellowship will also:
- Provide food cards for families of underprivileged youth
- Provide Matzah, Grape Juice and Seders for underprivileged families
- Provide gift cards to IDF soldiers and their families
- Provide a grant to assist for 5,000 IDF orphans
- Provide matzah boxes for nearly 50,000 elderly Jews, including Holocaust survivors
The Fellowship has also set up a hotline that needy families can call in order to make special make requests for food and other basic needs.
On April 14 a Passover event took place at the official residence of the president of Israel, the President’s House. Joining the president’s wife, Nechama Rivlin, was the wife of the IDF Chief of Staff, the Chairperson of Yachad Lema’an Hachayal, and the president of The Fellowship Yael Eckstein.
To learn more about what The Fellowship is doing or to make a donation ahead of Passover, click here.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide — and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Founded by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $120 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.6 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.
Yael Eckstein is the president of the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews. As President, Eckstein oversees all ministry programs and serves as the organization’s international spokesperson. She can be heard on The Fellowship’s daily radio program airing on 1,500 stations worldwide. Before her present duties, Yael served as global executive vice president, senior vice president, and director of program development and ministry outreach. Based in Jerusalem, Yael is a published writer, leading international advocate for persecuted religious minorities, and a respected social services professional. As President of The Fellowship, she also holds the rare distinction of being a woman leading one of America’s largest religious not-for-profit organizations.
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