The Fellowship’s latest effort to help Israelis in the line of fire during Operation Protective Edge was recently covered by The Jerusalem Post:
After a brief visit to the U.S., Rabbi Eckstein arrived back in Israel earlier this week. His mission was to visit the south to assess the situation and hear the needs of the people. His visit began at the central command post in Be’er Sheva, where he spoke with the mayor about the need for more shelters to protect the community’s citizens.
A day after his trip to rocket-weary southern Israel, Rabbi Eckstein asks for your prayers for the people of the Holy Land.
Rabbi Eckstein is in southern Israel today assessing the needs that have arisen due to continual terrorist rocket fire, and offering The Fellowship’s assistance. He sent the message below earlier today. Please pray for the success of The Fellowship’s efforts, and for peace and safety for all of Israel.
The Fellowship announced today that we have created two emergency funds for people in southern Israel caught in the path of the terrorist rocket fire from Gaza that has escalated in recent days.
In response to the requests of leaders in the region, one fund will provide summer programs for children and another will care for those affected by the rocket fire. The Fellowship supports the communities in southern Israel all year round, and has contributed over $33 million in recent years to the region.
Yesterday, Rabbi Eckstein released this message concerning the three kidnapped Israeli teens:
As I write this, my heart is heavy. Three teenage Israeli boys – 16-year-old Gilad Shaar, 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach – were kidnapped by terrorists while headed home from their yeshiva school for Shabbat (the Sabbath), and have been missing for several days. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has launched a nationwide manhunt to find them, and to bring the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice.
Before he began his Shabbat (Sabbath) observance, Rabbi Eckstein recorded this video asking for your urgent prayers for the safe return of three Israeli teenagers who went missing Thursday night in the West Bank. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials fear they have been kidnapped, citing Palestinian terrorists’ recent calls for the kidnapping of Israeli citizens.
As the United States prepares to commemorate Memorial Day this coming Monday, Rabbi Eckstein shares these words on the mixed feelings this particular holiday weekend brings - those of appreciation for family, friends, and God's creation, as well as of mourning and grief for loved ones no longer with us:
As we reported last week, today Rabbi Eckstein was given the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Award. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony in Israel, which honored Rabbi Eckstein for his "profound contribution to the Jewish people":