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International Fellowship Of Christians & Jews

Rating: 2.49 stars   35 reviews 12,120

Address:

30 N Lasalle St Suite 2600 Chicago IL 60602 USA

Mission:

To foster better relations and understanding between Christians and Jews; encourage greater cooperation between both communities on issues of shared biblical concern; and help build support for Israel and Jews in crises or need. The Fellowship is committed to building support for Israel and the Jewish people in five crucial ways including: Advocacy, Tourism, Israeli products, educattion on the Jewish Roots of Christianity and rasing funds for various projects such as Jewish immigration and resettlement, poverty relief and security in Israel and poverty relief for needy Jews in the Former Soviet Union and other countries around the globe.

Programs:

1. Provide financial and logistical assistance to hundreds of thousands of needy Jews to facilitate their return to the Holy Land and build new lives in Israel.  2. Provide relief and life-saving assistance to impoverished people of all ages and religious or ethnic affiliations, including soup kitchens, emergency medical care and supplies, aid for people in crises from terrorism or family tragedy, clothing, educational assistance and other basic needs.  3. Provide resettlement assistance for recent émigrés from Ethiopia and other countries, including language training, housing, vocational and skill-development, after school enrichment programs for children, job placement and recreational activities all of which help them acclimate themselves to their new home and become productive Israeli citizens. 4. Immediate assistance to victims following terrorism and natural disasters. 

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

i believe that the rabbi is what other people say he is a corporate blood sucker who makes more on taxes than my mother does in a year. i bet that most of the money doesn't even go to the food packages for the needy holocaust Jews in the former soviet union. he needs to be stopped this charity is just a scam!!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Bummer! Salaries are far too high. When you remember that all of the Rabbi's expenses (and those of at least his senior staff) are invoiced/per diemed/reimbursed, this bunch is living mighty high on the hog.

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

Everything I read and hear about this charity is good, BUT I am choking over Rabbi Eckstein's salary! $324,000 for the year!! What the dickens is that about? In my mind, anything over $100,000 for any employee of any charity--top dog or not--is inappropriate. I have no doubt that all of Rabbi Eckstein's charity related expenses are paid, so the 324,000 dollars goes directly into his pocket. At least $225,000 of that belongs in the hands of Israel's needy. I am really struggling to continue giving money to this charity since I am a retiree living on about $45,000 per year. I don't begrudge him a good lifestyle, but from my vantage point it seems that that can be achieved on $100, 000/yr if all your work related expenses are paid.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

My opinion: This appears to be primarily a money making business masquerading as a charity. Not a good venue for your charitable dollars. I would recommend you find a more reputable place to put your charitable contributions to work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

close it down.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

I live in Israel, now 7 years. At first, the "good" Rabbi's ads on the radio seem a little strange. He asks for donations here in Isarel. He also does show where the money goes and tells stories about how his charity works. All that is normal for non-profits. BUT! He is giving to many Israelis which are below the poverty line. He gives to children and to mothers that can't figure out how to "end the month" (that's a sad Israeli term). There are poor in Israel and there are many who are not supported by the state. Israel, dispite the image it has in the US is not a rich country. Israel also has a great deal of economic inequality.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

To be a balanced Christian and to want the most out of your giving you must never forget Israel. I give to cover all my basis with God. I am privileged to give to a man who touches the poor and hasn't forgotten the elderly. He goes in and loves the very ones God loves. How many have we fed this month. I am proud to say I have been a part of something great, because this man is doing great things. He hears from God and is deserving of his pay check. No one complains about an athlete making $10 million dollars a year throwing a ball around, but if a man of God makes an income and raises money in doing so he is put down. Every man should be paid is wages. This man raises over 100 million a year and touches thousands of lives with the love of God. Blessings and honor Amen!

 
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35 people found this review helpful

According to CharityWatch the rabbi's salary is $1.2 million almost triple the amounts cited on this thread. http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/Top25.html

 
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13 people found this review helpful

Who would give this???? What are you just stupid??? Whats wrong with you???

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

To me it is strange that a group of people with relatives in the US that vote for an extremely high democratic ticket, have continuous ads for $25 food baskets on conservative tv news stations such as fox.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

I have been giving to this organization for many years.one of the reasons that I support this group is because John Hagee supports it.I am sure he checked it out before he gave.I would like to know how much money actually goes to the Jews.I support the wings of eagles program.

 
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12 people found this review helpful

In terms of personal wealth, Israel and it's citiziens are more than capable of feeding their own, and for any "christian" charity to beg Americans to send Israel money when there is such overwhelming need in the United States already is laughable.

I can assure you Jesus Christ does not know this organization.

 
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