Escalating civil unrest in Ukraine in recent weeks prompted several of The Fellowship’s partners in Ukraine to reach out to Rabbi Eckstein, pleading for aid to protect the vulnerable Jewish people there, including the elderly and children.
For Passover, the Fellowship-supported Federation of Jewish Communities will be distributing tens of thousands of boxes of matzah to needy Jewish people in the former Soviet Union. The boxes will be branded "Celebrating Passover in Fellowship."
Rabbi Eckstein recently visited the factory in Jerusalem that is baking the matzah, where he saw the automated and biblically mandated way this food, which is central to the Passover celebration, is made.
Fellowship-funded Neve Michael Children's Village – a home for orphaned, at-risk, and displaced children – was recently renovated and enlarged thanks to our donors’ generosity. Watch this heartwarming moment from the dedication ceremony, during which both Rabbi Eckstein and Yael shared words of encouragement with the children.
The Fellowship recently launched our Operation Warmth program with a ceremony attended by several volunteers, staff members, and government officials.
Operation Warmth provides food, medicine, and companionship to thousands of elderly people throughout Israel.
Rabbi Eckstein addressed the crowd at the launch and, referencing God’s commandment to honor father and mother, said, “The elderly you are helping are either someone’s mother or father, or else they are alone with no one else in their family.”
Earlier this week, The Fellowship launched Operation Warmth to provide heating grants and blankets to impoverished elderly people throughout Israel and the former Soviet Union -- people like Hannah, who Rabbi Eckstein was able to visit recently.
We're giving away a free copy of Rabbi Eckstein’s newest book, the One Year® Holy Land Moments Devotional, which he wrote with co-author, Christian theologian Dr. Tremper Longman III.
Soroka Medical Center is the largest hospital in southern Israel, serving a population of approximately 1 million Israelis.
To help the hospital provide its population with the best life-saving emergency medical services possible, The Fellowship donated 14 of the most modern and sophisticated respirators currently available for use in the general intensive care unit.
In case you haven't read it, here is Rabbi Eckstein's end-of-year message:
Dear Friend of Israel,
Earlier this month Israel was hit by a massive, unprecedented snowstorm. Up to 20 inches fell in Jerusalem, where thousands were left without power, highways were impassable, and the army had to rescue stranded motorists. At least four Israelis died due to the storm, and many schoolchildren in southern Israel were hospitalized when a bus got stuck in a flash flood caused by torrential rains.
The Fellowship offers physical, emotional, and social support to some of the neediest IDF battalions. Rabbi Eckstein recently visited with some new IDF recruits to tell them how proud we are of them, how much we appreciate their service, and how we continue to pray for them.