NewsBits: Haredi Rabbis At Odds With Christian Donors
from The Jerusalem Post:
Christian donor to out haredi recipients
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, chairman of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, said Thursday that his organization was compiling a list for publication of haredi institutions that receive its donations.
The move comes after Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, considered the most respected and influential halachic authority among Ashkenazi haredi Jews, signed a declaration saying that receiving money from Eckstein’s organization was “close to idolatry.”
“We are not trying to push anyone into doing anything against their will,” said Eckstein, who spoke with The Jerusalem Post from the US. “If they don’t want funds, they don’t have to accept them. But we are not going to go along with a situation in which haredi institutions accept them under the table without publicizing where they get their funding. So we are compiling a list to make sure everything is perfectly transparent.”
According to Eckstein, the IFCJ raises $70 million a year among Evangelical Christian communities around the world who are interested in supporting Israel.