The Fellowship House in Kiryat Yam, Israel, provides after-school activities, tutoring, and a sports field for children from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. Without the Fellowship House, these children would have no organized activities to keep them off the streets at the end of Israel’s school day.
On Monday, October 27, The Fellowship paired the Adopt-a-Battalion program, which The Fellowship has supported for years, with Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, also a recipient of much Fellowship aid in previous years. Rabbi Eckstein and soldiers from the 13th Battalion in the Golani Infantry Brigade came to work at Soroka.
The Fellowship recently renovated the recreational space of an IDF Air Defense Battery for the Israeli TV show “Come to Refurbish for You.” We are proud to be able to give back to the men and women defending Israel’s air space!
We are thankful for the brave men and women of the IDF who protect the Holy Land and her people. And we are honored that The Fellowship is able to adopt IDF battalions and provide for lone and needy soldiers, especially at the holidays. Watch as Rabbi Eckstein visits an IDF base near Gaza, where The Fellowship has provided food cards for soldiers in need during the High Holy Days.
From Israel, Rabbi Eckstein offers his heartfelt Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) wishes to you, our Fellowship friends.
We'll be taking a short break for the holiday, but will be back with new content on Monday, September 29. Until then, Shanah Tovah (Happy New Year)!
One of The Fellowship’s staff members recently went to Sderot (in southern Israel) with some volunteers to help distribute assistance for Rosh Hashanah, offering additional aid to communities we help year-round. Here's her account of that emotional day.
As part of our Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year) campaign, The Fellowship is giving a holiday gift of a shopping cart, honey, olive oil, and tea to the 7,500 elderly With Dignity and Fellowship participants located in 12 cities throughout Israel.
Rabbi Eckstein decided on the idea of a shopping cart, or “pull cart,” after he had seen so many elderly laden down with heavy bags as they left the market. The cart will ease the burden of those elderly who are able do their own shopping.
The Fellowship recently received a thank-you letter from the mayor of Yeruham, a city in southern Israel where we offer aid throughout the year – and have provided extra assistance during Operation Protective Edge.
Dear Rabbi Eckstein,
Rabbi Eckstein arrived in Ukraine on August 6, 2014. It was his third trip to Ukraine since the civil unrest and violence started last February. Many Jewish communities contacted The Fellowship for aid when it became apparent that the situation was rapidly deteriorating.
News of The Fellowship’s forthcoming airlift of Ukrainian Jews to Israel was recently included in The Jewish Daily Forward.
At least 150 Jews who fled fighting in eastern Ukraine are expected to land in Israel next month in one of the largest group of arrivals of its kind this year.