Earlier this week, Jews around the world celebrated Purim, the most joyful holiday in the Jewish year. In this video, Rabbi Eckstein reads from the book of Esther - which tells the story of God's deliverance which Purim commemorates - and explains why this holiday is so important.
On the occasion of The Fellowship’s historic aliyah flight from Ukraine, I was privileged to say to a planeload of more than 200 Ukrainian Jewish refugees, “Shalom, and welcome to Israel. ‘This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it’” (Psalm 118:24). It's written in Psalm 126:1: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.” It was indeed like a dream, and very exciting to be there on this occasion.
Rabbi Eckstein was given a warm welcome by the Jewish community in Kiev, Ukraine, in preparation for The Fellowship’s aliyah Freedom Flight to Israel on December 22nd. What better occasion to sing "Hava Nagila" and "Am Israel Chai"?
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.
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.