The Jewish World Responds

A child victim of terror participates in a Jewish-Agency-run respite camp; photo courtesy The Jewish Agency.

On July 7th, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge and the Jewish world immediately mobilized to provide a range of services to soften the war's impact, particularly on the lives of children and families. Following is a partial list of initiatives underway (culled from list-servs of the various organizations). JDC / The Joint Since the crisis began, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) immediately activated its network of programs for the most vulnerable Israelis to quickly ensure the needs and safety of the elderly, people with disabilities, and children and youth throughout the country as rockets rain down from Gaza. JDC’s emergency response includes: For the Elderly: JDC’s Day Centers for the Elderly in Netivot, Merchavim, Sdot Negev, and Rahat delivering … [Read more...]

JDC To Honor Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein With Wallenberg Award

Rabbi Eckstein together with Elie Weisel, a past recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Award; photo courtesy JDC.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) will bestow its prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Award on Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (ICFJ). JDC is honoring Eckstein for his contribution to the Jewish people as founder and president of ICFJ, an interfaith group that has brought Christian and Jewish communities around the world together and raised over $1 billion for Jews in need in the former Soviet Union and Israel. Additionally, Rabbi Eckstein serves as dean and member of the executive committee of Limmud FSU. Eckstein will be the fourth recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Award, joining the ranks of Donn Weinberg, Edgar Bronfman, and Elie Wiesel. The prize is named after Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who used his diplomatic status to … [Read more...]

Major Jewish Organizations Give More Away to Telemarketers Than They Keep

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The latest “Pennies for Charity” report issued by New York State Attorney General's office shows that - once again - for-profit telemarketers operating in New York during 2012 retained the bulk of donations raised on behalf of charities. … [Read more...]

IFCJ Volunteers Distribute Food, Heaters and Blankets to Jerusalem Homebound

Fellowship/Peres/Barkat/Dec snowstorm

Under the direction of Keren L'Yedidut (the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews) more than 50 volunteers, including students living in the surrounding neighborhoods, came together yesterday morning to set up emergency centers in Kiryat Yuval and Pisgat Ze'ev to assist the hundreds of seniors living in the northern and southern neighborhoods of the city. Food, heaters and blankets were distributed. Both President Shimon Peres and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat stopped by to offer words of encouragement. Throughout the day volunteers visited dozens of homes of elderly citizens, many of whom were without electricity and still unable to leave their residences. Mayor Barkat expressed how heart warming it was to see that The Fellowship "always seems to have a finger on the pulse [of the … [Read more...]

Over 8,000 IDF Soldiers Receive Gift Cards from The Fellowship and FIDF

Fellowship Chanukah

More than $1.5 million spent as part of this year’s “Chanukah Fellowship Gift Cards” project The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), in collaboration with the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), have provided “Fellowship Gift Cards” as Chanukah gifts to over 8,000 soldiers in-need and Lone Soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The gift cards can be used in major retail chain stores across Israel to purchase food, clothing, shoes, sports and leisure products. Among the soldiers who will receive this financial support will also be 2,500 Lone Soldiers, young men and women who choose to leave their countries of origin to immigrate to Israel and serve in the IDF. Lone Soldiers come … [Read more...]

IDF Soldiers in Need to Receive “Fellowship Gift Card” for Rosh Hashanah

In response to the needs of IDF soldiers performing reserve duty far from home, The Fellowship provided funds for the IDF’s first mobile welfare center. Photo courtesy The Fellowship.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) will provide “Fellowship Gift Cards” as holiday gifts to over 8,000 soldiers in-need and Lone Soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Over the past six years, FIDF and The Fellowship have provided almost $16 million of financial support to soldiers from low-income families. The Rosh Hashanah gift card, in the amount of $70 per soldier, will allow the soldiers to celebrate the holiday without the burden of financial stress. The gift cards can be used in major retail chain stores across Israel to purchase food, clothing, shoes, sports and leisure products. Among the soldiers who will receive this financial support will be 2,800 Lone Soldiers, young men and women, from … [Read more...]