One can lift any history book and find themselves drowned in the pain of the Jewish people which they suffered in the hands of the Nazis. Ever since the end of the Second World War, the initiative to improve the condition of Jewish undertaken by several organizations. One such action taken by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is the topic of today’s discussion.
On the 6th of February 2019, the world saw the loss of Rabbi Eckstein who dedicated his entire life in the betterment of people of his community. At a very young age, when we started his career working for ADL at Illinois, he came across a group of people who survived the Holocaust, and that changed his life completely. During his academic days in New York, he got himself ordained to become a rabbi, and the suffering of Jewish people around him forced him to give up his job in ADL as he felt he was not getting much help from the people working at the organization.
The birth of the fellowship:
Once he left the job, he started a self-financed fellowship program known as IFCJ which worked to aid the people from his community. In his attempt to improve the condition of Jews he took help from evangelicals who didn’t see eye to eye with the Jews but has good intentions for Israel.
The reach of the program:
The IFCJ reviews helped everyone understand the reach of Yechiel Eckstein and how he worked hard without expecting any financial return for his efforts. The fellowship helped Israelis who could not afford shelter, food or fire; the program was there to assist them in getting them out of the situation financially. The famed rabbi was born to a couple of rabbi and homemaker in the year 1951 in Winthrop. He completed his bachelor and masters degree living in New York where he got ordained as well.