JERUSALEM —With the passing of Israeli First Lady Nechama Rivlin, Mrs. Yael Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews issues the following remarks:
“We extend our condolences to the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, as we all mourn the loss of his dear wife Nechama—another among the modern State of Israel’s founding generation. Like so many Israelis, Nechama Rivlin’s life charted a varied and interesting path. From the halls of the university to the halls of the presidential residence, she was a picture of dignity and she lived her life in total dedication to Israel’s most vulnerable people. Her loss is felt in the very heart of our nation. May her memory be a blessing.”
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 andSeoul. 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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