Caring for Our Elderly

In a recent op-ed in the Jerusalem Post in honor of the International Day for the Elderly (October 1), Rabbi Eckstein shared the dire realities for many of the older residents of Israel.

In conversations we hold regularly with social workers in charge of helping poor elderly, we hear that the real number of elderly in need is actually much higher than the official statistics. For example, there are thousands more people with an income that is higher than the poverty line but with much greater expenses due to illness, the need for expensive medication, house care, etc.

As a result, there are thousands of cases of elderly living in dire poverty but not included in the official statistics since they are technically above the poverty line. In my work, over the past years I have seen hundreds of examples of people who were forced to give up buying food,…

Posted in: Elderly / Guardians of Israel / Help

An Orphan Finally Feels at Home

Ami Farkas:

EstelleEstelle is just 17 years old, yet well beyond her age in maturity and wisdom. She is smart, motivated, and serious about her future. She has to be, since she has no parents to guide her and no family to provide her with security in case she falls on hard times. Kids like Estelle, who live in the Carmiel Youth Village in Israel and are all alone in the world, don’t have the option of failing.

The Fellowship funds two housing units in the Carmiel Youth Village in order to provide kids like Estelle with a warm and safe environment to live in. Investing in children like Estelle is not only a means of obeying the biblical command to help orphans, but is also an investment in the future of Israel.

Behind the warm and genuine smile Estelle greeted me with on…

Posted in: At-risk youth / education / Guardians of Israel

A Lost Tribe’s Journey Home

One of the most amazing fulfillments of biblical prophecy is the return of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. These exiled people, whose very existence was unknown for centuries, are descendants of the lost tribe of Dan.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein saw firsthand the desire of the Ethiopian Jews to make their prophetic return, “from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12) to Israel. For over 20 years The Fellowship and our supporters have helped thousands of Ethiopian Jews with their aliyah (immigration to Israel) and their klitah (resettlement) transition to Israeli culture.

This summer marks the historic conclusion of this lost tribe’s journey home.

Check out our new microsite, which chronicles this fulfillment of prophecy – as well as the part The Fellowship has played in this miraculous journey.

Posted in: Ethiopia / Help / Learn

Helping a Rising Star Shine

Jonathan lives in Moscow with his mother, who is disabled, and his older brother. The family tries their best to live off the mother’s meager pension.

Jonathan suffers from a genetic disease that affects his joints, skin, and blood vessels, and causes him to bruise easily. Because of his condition, he can’t sit for more than half an hour at a time.

Thankfully, 4Zion-sponsored Gan Chamah, a school for underprivileged and disabled children, bought him special equipment to make studying easier. They also developed a special schedule of study for him, including math, Russian, literature, Hebrew, Jewish tradition, and computer studies.

Jonathan is a very talented writer. The lessons on Russian language and literature greatly assisted him in this passion. From 2007 till 2009 Jonathan took part in a competition for young journalists in Russia. Each time he won the top prize. In…

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Dr. Oz and Rabbi Boteach Tour the Holy Land

America’s favorite physician, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and “America’s Rabbi,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, recently wrapped up a ten-day journey through the Holy Land that included visits to some of Israel’s most important sites, such as Yad Vashem, the Dead Sea, and Masada.

Also on the agenda was a visit to the world’s largest and most advanced fortified hospital at the Rambam Medical Center campus in Haifa. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and 4Zion are proud to have funded several projects at Rambam, including the construction of two protected operating rooms, the purchase of five ICU beds, and funding for the new Pediatric Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Oz, the Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon who hosts The Dr. Oz Show, toured the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground…

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