Jewish 100, 2014: Yechiel Eckstein – Community
Founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
Recognized as the world’s leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christianity, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). The IFCJ raises close to $140 million a year from Christians around the world to support various projects in Israel, with a major portion of the sum invested in promoting aliyah and assisting immigrants once they arrive in the country. The IFCJ has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into programs helping Jews from the former Soviet Union, India, Ethiopia, and elsewhere resettle in Israel, as well as funding programs that fight poverty in Israel and help impoverished elderly Jews and orphans in the former Soviet Union.