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IFCJ founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

A major charity organization in the city of Natanya, Kupat Tzdaka Merkazit (Central Charity Fund), has refused to accept a pre-Purim gift of 100 thousand shekel (roughly $27,000) from Keren Hayedidut (The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews), administered by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The reason for the rejection, according to the local magazine HaShabat B’Netanya, is the fact that the fund’s money comes from Evangelical Christians.

The donation, according to the magazine, was contingent on the Netanya charity posting a large sign on its office wall announcing the fact that they are supported by the IFCJ – which members of the Netanya organization, after a debate, deemed unacceptable.


But the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews said it was “surprised to read the article mentioning an organization that rejected our funds. The fellowship receives numerous requests for funding from hundreds of organizations from all sectors in Israel and distributes funds according to professional criteria. We never offer funds to organizations who did not apply for it and we do our best to provide aid to populations and people in distress.”

The IFCJ, founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein—an Orthodox rabbi—who remains its central force, has been the subject of criticism from both Haredi and National Religious Jews, who view it as a promoter of missionary activities.

Many have argued that the IFCJ’s strategy is to gain the Orthodox Jewish public’s trust, and so to break down the Jewish cultural barrier and earn a legitimacy for the Christian faith in those circles.

It has also been argued that the reason Evangelicals are supporting the State of Israel is rooted in their belief that it is a phase in the process of Christian redemption, and that at some point in the future the Jews will “see the light” and embrace Christianity.

HaShabat B’Netanya offered a long list of past and present Orthodox scholars who decreed against accepting money from the IFCJ, including the late Rabbis Avraham Chana Shapira, Shalom Yosef Elyashiv, Mordechai Eliyahu, and, may they live a long and healthy life, Rabbis Ovadia Yosef, Nissim Karlitz, Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss, Simcha Ha’Cohen Kook, Dov Lior, and Rabbi Shlomo Aviner.

Back in 2007, the Jewish Agency signed a cooperation agreement with IFCJ, which called for the American organization to raise $50 million for aliya and absorption projects, and in return the fund was to get a Christian representative on the Jewish Agency’s board of directors. This was discovered by the anti-missionary organization Lev La’achim, which campaigned against it along with other Jewish groups, until the deal was stopped.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein has coined the term “Christian Zionism,” and has engaged for three decades in fostering good Christian-Jewish relations, with an eye to the generosity of Christians, particularly the Evangelicals.

“Christian Zionism exists today in America but it did not happen by itself,” he told an interviewer in 2012. “When I first started meeting Evangelicals, I was the only Jew in the field and often, I was attacked by both communities.”

Eckstein says that his extensive media outreach to the Evangelical community, with hundreds of infomercials emphasizing the joint “Judeo-Christian” connection to the Bible and promoting tourism to the Holy Land, has changed things considerably.

“I would like to believe that we played a significant role in fostering relations by directing their biblical attention to walking where Jesus walked and highlighting the Jewish roots of Christianity,” Eckstein said, adding that he was grateful for having had the foresight to see the potential that “nobody else could see.”

An IFCJ official wrote The Jewish Press Online: “Our policy has always been to be as generous as possible with those who are in need and we do not force our funds on anyone, ‘lo rozeh lo zarich’ (you don’t want, you don’t have to). Moreover, we never heard of the organization mentioned in the article nor have we offered it any funds.”


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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth,,, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


  1. It is utterly stupid of anyone or any organization to turn down support, financial or otherwise, from Christians, regardless of their motivation. In this day and age, when we are surrounded by enemies who wants us killed and annihilated, we should be thankful that there are Christians who supports us. Whenever Mashiach arrives, we will know which religion was meant for us to follow, Christianity or Judaism. Until then, we should be grateful for anyone’s moral and/or financial support. Shabbat Shalom!

  2. It is utterly stupid of anyone or any organization to turn down support, financial or otherwise, from Christians, regardless of their motivation. In this day and age, when we are surrounded by enemies who wants us killed and annihilated, we should be thankful that there are Christians who supports us. Whenever Mashiach arrives, we will know which religion was meant for us to follow, Christianity or Judaism. Until then, we should be grateful for anyone’s moral and/or financial support. Shabbat Shalom!

  3. It is utterly stupid of anyone or any organization to turn down support, financial or otherwise, from Christians, regardless of their motivation. In this day and age, when we are surrounded by enemies who wants us killed and annihilated, we should be thankful that there are Christians who supports us. Whenever Mashiach arrives, we will know which religion was meant for us to follow, Christianity or Judaism. Until then, we should be grateful for anyone’s moral and/or financial support. Shabbat Shalom!

  4. There is no Judeo Christian nexus in our Bible. If Eckstein accepte "the new Testament" as part of our Bible then we know where he stands. A yarmulka and the title "rabbi" have been used many times in our thousands of years of history to confuse and deceive. We are better served by enemies who openly declaim Jews and Israel than by these 'friends' who speak of love and kindness and come with generous gifts. They must be shunned and shunted aside,. We accepted the covenant and everything else must be and will be rejected, There is no other choice for us. There will be no backsliding and no temporizing. We are the other party to our covenant with the 'ONE" and we will honor that covenant forever.

  5. I believe that the mayor of Netanya is foolish not to accept much needed charity and that the donor organization is a well meaning one. I personally have donated for the alleviation of poverty in Israel through this organization. Jews should not be afraid of Christians, who share some of our basic beliefs, especially the 10 commandments. Unlike many other charity organizations, this one does not take most of the money for itself. That is my definition of a good charity organization.Shabbat Shalom.

  6. It is far, far better to openly share our faiths with one anohter in a free Nation than it is to kill one another as is the way of other nations and other religions. If they do not want the donations, it is sad, yes. But, there is no shortage of others with needs that will accept this gift openly and others that would gladly help me in a time of crisis. I respect their position and urge my friends in the IFCJ to use those funds in the many other area's of need!

  7. I think this was mistake based on ignorance. This group is pro Israel. They are the best friends Israel has. It is too bad people do not distinguish between Christians who are friends and those who appose. We need to stop spitting in our friends faces.They back Israel in the Congress on political situations. They Israel far more good than American Jews as they are large and powerful.

  8. The problem with Evangelical Christians is that they will identify with Israel and the Jews so much with Jesus Christ, that it will remove them from the modern Middle East. They will not accept the two-state solution or strive for any measure for Israel to coexist with its neighbors. They just go back to the ancient Biblical battles, but those battles were not always won by Israel and the Jews.

  9. American Evangelicals, those educated in Biblical History, only want the protection of Israel, her people world wide who, many of which, are hungry, cold and want to do aliya-come home. We Love the Holy Land as we call it – and the Jewish People & we want them safe and protected – if we can give a little to help with that – we do. How ignorant of Jewish leaders to spin this into something it is not. THERE ARE NO STRINGS ON OUR GIFTS. Sounds like a bunch of old ignorant men wanting to go back in time – well, go too far back and you guys don't exist. Without help from EVERYONE of Faith – you still may not. There are nutty Evangelicals like there are nutty people everywhere. Do not paint us all with that wide brush.

  10. That isnt true it isnt a bribe, as I support the IFCJ, and I give the money to feed the poor and elderly among you in Israel, as Christ has commanded us to do, feed the hungry, clothe the nakes. So I resent what you say. It touched my heart to hear of the poor elderly having to choose between their medicine and food. you make me angry with your retorts.

  11. That is not true, I am a member of the IFCJ and I donate because it touched my heart to see the elderly having to choose between their medicine and food. Christ has told us to feed the hungry, and clothe the naked, the same as Isaiah 58 mentions. shame on you, for being so selfish.

  12. you are wise, and since I am a member of the IFCJ. and donate I am insulted by the answer Liad-Barrel gives. To be so uncaring about their own, how can the love of God be in them? If the Lord G-d of Israel touches our christian hearts, then who are those who condemn us for caring for those who need it most? by the way I am a christian.

  13. Actually it is Christ our Lord who tells us to open up our hearts to thsoe In Israel who are in need, why would we christians have a love for the Jews, if Christ had not touched our hearts? Of course we believe Jerusalem should be Israel's capitol 2 Chronicles 6:6 "But I have chosen Jerusalem that My Name should be there."


    Yes, that's what Samuel Roth called his Jewish people, in a book "Jews Must Live

    Jews Must Live
    by Samuel Roth

    Chapter IV


    But what sort of speech is this for a Jew, you are probably asking yourself, by this time? I can see the question half-glimmering in your eyes. My answer must be steel set in granite. The dew of compassion has entirely dried up in my bowels. I am myself a Jew, I know it. But I am a Jew who has been brought to the point where he so loathes his people that he thinks in terms of their destruction. No, it has not escaped me that the destruction of Israel would mean my own end, too. I would not want to survive in a world without Jews. Yet, by God, I don't know how I shall ever again contentedly live with them: I pray for my own effacement as fervently as I pray for theirs. This is a work of terror, and I am trying to make a terribly good job of it. I have taken out the old Jewish carcass to expose it in the sun. I shall rub it till every sore on it shines like a planet of light.
    I know how well the Jews have earned the hatred which is in my heart towards them. I do not doubt that they have earned in equally good measure the hatred which the nations entertained towards them since records of such international courtesies have been made. Anti-Semitism is a natural effect of a social cause. I cannot understand why such a deep mystery is made of this simple cause.
    The causes of anti-Semitism lie in the very deepest recesses of human nature. They are like pebbles at the bottom of a very deep stream. But the waters of the stream are clear and I have no difficulty making them out.
    The first cause of Jew-hatred goes back to the nature of Jewish leadership, a black veil on the conscience of the race. The second goes back to the nature of the people itself, and it is an evil no less foul. The first appears to be an evil without remedy. But the second does not seem to me impossible to deal with.
    Beginning with the Lord God of Israel himself, it was the successive leaders of Israel who one by one foregathered and guided the tragic career of the Jews – tragic to the Jews and no less tragic to the neighbouring nations who have suffered them. But we must have been a pretty horrible people to start with. Our major vice of old, as of today, is parasitism. We are a people of vultures living on the labor and the good nature of the rest of the world.

  15. The Jews have Jesus of Nazareth in Hell in boiling hot excrement.

    The book Zohar, III, (282), tells us that Jesus died like a beast and was buried in that "dirt heap…where they throw the dead bodies of dogs and asses, and where the sons of Esau [the Christians] and of Ismael [the Turks], also Jesus and Mahommed, uncircumcized and unclean like dead dogs, are buried."

    ANYONE who would support such people, are no friends of Jesus of Nazareth!


    Second century Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, one of Judaism’s very greatest rabbis and a creator of Kabbalah, sanctioned pedophilia—permitting molestation of baby girls even younger than three! He proclaimed,

    “A proselyte who is under the age of three years and a day is permitted to marry a priest.” 1
    Yebamoth 60b,
    Subsequent rabbis refer to ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia as "halakah," or binding Jewish law. 2 Yebamoth 60b
    Has Rabbi ben Yohai, child rape advocate, been disowned by modern Jews? Hardly. Today, in ben Yohai’s hometown of Meron, Israel, tens of thousands of orthodox and ultra-orthodox Jews gather annually for days and nights of singing and dancing in his memory.
    References to pedophilia abound in the Talmud. They occupy considerable sections of Treatises Kethuboth and Yebamoth and are enthusiastically endorsed by the Talmud’s definitive legal work, Treatise Sanhedrin.

    The Pharisees Endorsed Child Sex

    The rabbis of the Talmud are notorious for their legal hairsplitting, and quibbling debates. But they share rare agreement about their right to molest three year old girls. In contrast to many hotly debated issues, hardly a hint of dissent rises against the prevailing opinion (expressed in many clear passages) that pedophilia is not only normal but scriptural as well! It’s as if the rabbis have found an exalted truth whose majesty silences debate.
    Because the Talmudic authorities who sanction pedophilia are so renowned, and because pedophilia as “halakah” is so explicitly emphasized, not even the translators of the Soncino edition of the Talmud (1936) dared insert a footnote suggesting the slightest criticism. They only comment: “Marriage, of course, was then at a far earlier age than now.” 3

    In fact, footnote 5 to Sanhedrin 60b rejects the right of a Talmudic rabbi to disagree with ben Yohai's endorsement of pedophilia:
    "How could they [the rabbis], contrary to the opinion of R. Simeon ben Yohai, which has scriptural support, forbid the marriage of the young proselyte?" 4
    1 Yebamoth 60b, p. 402.
    2 Yebamoth 60b, p. 403.
    3 Sanhedrin 76a.
    4 In Yebamoth 60b, p. 404, Rabbi Zera disagrees that sex with girls under three years and one day should be endorsed as halakah.

  17. The Talmud Jews & their Atheistic brothers are ENEMIES OF GOD!

    Based on Torah, they have NO RIGHT to be in the "HOLY LAND", because these people are PERVERTS.

    The Wailing Wall

    If there’s one rite of passage that every American politician must pass through it’s doing obeisance to the Jews at the Wailing Wall.
    Even Rand Paul caved to the Jews (something his father would never do) and found himself sacrificing his own son to the Kotel Rabbi looking as if he was being led away to the slaughter.
    You see, taking the mark of the beast in order to buy Jewish admission to sell political services is every American politician’s career-dependent rite of passage.
    Now, the Jews would have us believe that there’s something sacred about the Western Wall, that it’s a remnant of the Second Temple, where paper prayers of the Goyim are snatched by the ‘Divine Presence’ who supposedly dwells in its crevices and stones.
    Dead wrong.
    The Wailing Wall is actually the remains of a Roman fortress called “Fort Antonia” built north of the actual Temple where no protruding rock ever existed but rather was built upon the Gihon Spring.
    The rock upon which the Dome of the Rock was built adjoining the Western Wall was actually the centerpiece around which Fort Antonia was built. There’s nothing sacred about this rock or this Wall.
    This is attested to by the eyewitness, Jewish historian Josephus, who also wrote in his “Jewish Wars” that the Romans left nothing above or below ground of the Second Temple so that one coming to Jerusalem thereafter would never believe a Temple ever existed.
    According to Josephus, Titus, the Roman General who razed Jerusalem to the ground in 70 AD, allowed Fort Antonia to remain to house the Tenth Legion left to monitor Roman affairs in Jerusalem.
    And thus the prophecy of Christ, “Not one stone will be left upon another,” was fulfilled. God will not be mocked.
    If you still don’t believe me, then get the book, “The Temples That Jerusalem Forgot,” by Professor Dr Ernest Martin, and you’ll surely be convinced.
    Now, what Rand Paul should have known is that the Wailing Wall is the seat of a Satanic ritual outlined by the 13th Century Jewish occult system known as the Kabbalah as expounded in the Zohar and expanded upon by the 18th Century Hasidic Movement.
    You see, this so-called ‘Divine Presence’ at the Wailing Wall is actually the Kabbalistic feminine emanation of their false god, the “Shekinah.”
    Watch closely how the rabbis thrust their pelvises and penises back and forth in a prescribed prayer movement called “davening” in which the Jew copulates with the ‘Shekinah’ in order to give birth to an erotic union with the ‘Ein Soph,’ the Kabbalistic masculine emanation of their false god.
    My friends, for Rand Paul, and for so many other saps like McCain, Bush, Obama, Clinton, and Romney, to perform the rite of political passage at the Wailing Wall is nothing less than to shake hands with the Devil.
    And if God doesn’t dwell in temples made by human hands, (as the Bible tells us), much less would He dwell in a Roman fortress.
    The hoax is on.
    Not only are our politicians selling their souls to the Jews at a Roman fortress named Fort Antonia, now misnamed, ‘The Western Wall,’ they’re participating in a lewd occult ritual where the so-called ‘Divine Presence’ is actually Satan himself.
    Satan’s seat is at the Wailing Wall and our politicians—brought there by the Jews—are carrying him all the way back home to America.

  18. Differences in beliefs has harmed and killed more people than any other factor. If we mean to help then let's do it without pre-conditions. Let people believe what they want, period. As long as one of those religions claims to be the true one, there will be no peace.

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