Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the beloved founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), suddenly passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. He was 67 years old.
The charismatic rabbi leaves behind a long legacy of philanthropy and robust interfaith partnerships between Christians and the Jews.
When Rabbi Eckstein founded The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in 1983, he had a simple goal: to build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews, and to show Christians how to reestablish their biblical connection to the land of Israel and the Jewish people.
Inspired by God’s promise in Genesis 12:3 to bless those who bless Israel, Eckstein’s International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) worked for decades to improve relationships between the two faiths and raise more than $1.4 billion for projects in the Holy Land, mostly from evangelical donors.
He was known to Evangelical Christians around the world as the “Christian Rabbi.”
He was a man of vision whose enormous drive to succeed both facilitated and complicated his relentless efforts on behalf of the Jewish people.
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