February 12, 2016 - 11:21 AM
February 9, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Celebrating the Historical and Spiritual Bonds between African-Americans and Jews

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In celebration of Black History Month, and as part of The Fellowship’s expanding outreach to the African-American community, we have released a new booklet on the historical and spiritual bonds between African Americans and Jews.

“On the Frontlines of Faith” was written by Dr. Edward L. Branch, pastor of Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, and member of The Fellowship's African-American Advisory Council, and includes reflections by Rabbi Eckstein.

February 9, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Project Spotlight: Smoke Detectors for Impoverished Israelis

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The Fellowship is once again saving lives by installing smoke detectors, at no cost, to needy elderly, Holocaust survivors, and families living in poverty throughout Israel.

Like in the U.S., there are many people who are killed in household fires, but unlike the U.S., the concept of smoke detectors in Israeli homes is not so prevalent, especially in poverty-stricken areas. 

Fire officials estimate that 40 percent of all people killed in household fires could have been saved had a working smoke detector been installed in the home.

February 5, 2016 - 7:28 AM

Rabbi Eckstein and Church Leaders Meet Tony Blair

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Last week, Rabbi Eckstein and The Fellowship had the pleasure of hosting church leaders from the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) for a tour of the Holy Land. Between visiting Fellowship projects and biblical sites, the group was honored with a visit with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who spoke about The Fellowship's work and his own work in Israel.

February 3, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Giving to Someone Who Has Lost Everything - Rabbi Eckstein in Ukraine

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Rabbi Eckstein continues his trip through Ukraine, assessing the needs of the country's Jewish community and providing help to those who have lost so much.

One woman he met has lost everything. Anna, an elderly woman whose house was bombed during the military operations in Ukraine, not only lost her home, but her lifelong partner, as well. During the bombing, Anna's husband died of a heart attack.

February 2, 2016 - 1:25 PM

"I Have Never Seen It This Bad" - Rabbi Eckstein in Ukraine

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While the war and social unrest in Ukraine has fallen out of the news as of late, the situation there is worse than ever.

Rabbi Eckstein, currently in Ukraine to assess the situation, says he has "never seen it this bad." Many elderly in the Ukrainian Jewish community have gone days with no food or water. For many, a cup of hot water is a meal. When they can afford to, they buy half a loaf of bread, which must then last two weeks.

January 27, 2016 - 10:47 AM
January 25, 2016 - 6:02 PM

African-American Church Leaders Travel to Israel on Fellowship-Sponsored Trip

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Yesterday a group of 22 leaders with the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) traveled to Israel on a Fellowship-sponsored trip to learn firsthand about the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and to see The Fellowship’s lifesaving work throughout the Holy Land.

Reverend James C. Perkins, President of the PNBC, says, “I am honored to be a part of this great opportunity, and to promote the Progressive National Baptist Convention’s mission of peace and social justice issues worldwide.”

January 20, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Rabbi Eckstein Speaks at African-American Church Conference on Martin Luther King Jr Day

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past Monday, Rabbi Eckstein joined members of the Progressive National Baptist Conference (PNBC) at their board meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He provided remarks along with church leaders, congressmen, and civil rights icons.

The Fellowship will host a 25-member PNBC delegation for an exclusive tour of Israel later this month. Stops will include visits to sacred sites as well as Fellowship-supported projects that help orphans, youth, soldiers, and Ethiopian immigrants.

January 18, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Rabbi Eckstein Speaks at Joint African-American and Jewish Event in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr

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Yesterday Rabbi Eckstein spoke at a special service in Detroit that joined the congregations of a Jewish synagogue and an African-American Baptist Church. “Building Bridges Together – An Afternoon of Song and Inspiration,” held at Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church, was a celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the bonds between these two faith communities.  

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