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Feb 07, 2019 by Michael

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein Sadly Passes Away At 67

Founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, suddenly passed away on Wednesday at 67 years of age. The passionate Rabbi left behind a long legacy of philanthropy between Christians and Jews, says CBN News

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews raises on average $140 million a year, which makes it one of Israel's largest humanitarian organizations

Rabbi Eckstein's goal with the founding of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in 1983 was simple. He wanted to bring understanding between Christians and Jews and try to reestablish the biblical connection for Christians to the land of Israel and the Jewish people.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews raises on average $140 million a year, which makes it one of Israel's largest humanitarian organizations. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is considered to be one of the most influential Jews in the world. He has also been named several times on Newsweek's list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the US. 

"The Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora (have) lost this evening a leader who worked for us for many years through his wonderful life's work which he established with his own hands," said the chairman of the Jewish Agency Isaac Herzog. 

The founder of CBN Pat Robertson also honored Eckstein, saying:

"Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at the untimely passing of my dear friend, Yechiel Eckstein.  Yechiel has been a pioneer and champion of Christian/Jewish relations for decades.  We have worked together on many projects, and the success of his organization attests to compassion that he feels for his fellow Jews who suffer in poverty in various parts of the world.  I am sure I echo the words of our Lord, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.  Enter into the joy of your Lord.'" 

The generous aid that he gathered from Christians around the world brought vital assistance and tremendous blessings to countless Israelis

Also, Dr. Jürgen Bühler, president of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, issued the following statement:

"The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem mourns the sudden passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and pays tribute to this unique pioneer and visionary of closer Jewish-Christian relations. Rabbi Eckstein foresaw, like few other Jewish leaders did, the strategic importance to Israel and the Jewish people of forging ties with the global Evangelical community. The generous aid that he gathered from Christians around the world brought vital assistance and tremendous blessings to countless Israelis. The ICEJ extends our most sincere condolences to the Eckstein family. His daughter, Yael, and the Fellowship he founded can be proud of the great legacy of kindness and caring which he has left in their hands."

Eckstein's funeral will be taking place on Thursday in Jerusalem. 



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