INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIANS & JEWS

Rating: 2.55 stars   31 reviews

Issues: International, Religion

Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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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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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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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Rating: 1 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

If you want to donate to Israel, donate through your local Jewish Federation or Jewish, Friends of the IDF , Magen David Adom, Israel's emergency medical response agency AFMDA .
There are a lot of legitimate organizations for donating to Israel.
Thank you for supporting Israel in this difficult time.

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

continue to donate

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

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

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Rating: 1 stars  

Spending millions on advertising with video of pathetic Jews getting food boxes from Israeli army begs the question: Who are these people and why don't the people of Israel take better care of themselves and their fellow citizens? I am quite certain they don't get invited to dinner with the fancy overpaid
Rabbi that is picking your pockets to fill his!

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

Fire the Rabbi and let Israel feed their own people.

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No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

We took in my mom and at first, we amused her with her charitable giving. We were, however, concerned with the amount of mail (3-4) times a week she would get from these people. They would send cards of families she helped (but seriously, how hard is it to fake that?) and lots of impassioned letters pleading for money. It was not until my husband did her taxes and found she gave away half her savings to them that we called a halt to it and demanded she is taken off the mailing list. I am disgusted on how she was relentlessly asked for donations, taking advantage of her good heart. Upon extensive web research I am also disgusted at what the head makes. Yes, he makes over $400,000 a year, but that is in take-home. He also tucks away $600,000 a year for his retirement. What kind of person takes that much money for retirement and what kind of life does he lead that he needs that much? Ridiculous!

I think if this organization was run better and did not waste 60% of the dollar on admin, advertising, wages, etc. with maybe around 40% actually going towards helping the Jewish people, it would be worth giving to. I would recommend steering clear of this charity and doing your homework to find one worthy of your hard-earned dollars.

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

Fire the head, put in new management, and overhaul the organization.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 2 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I used to contribute monthly to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, but then I found out that the Rabbi makes more the $400,000 per year -- and probably has an expense account to boot. I believe in paying the laborer his due, but $400K is ridiculous -- more than $1,000 per day! I would go back to regular giving if Rabbi Eckstein would cut his salary in half.

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

Cut the salaries of the Rabbi and his family down to a reasonable level. I think that $240K per annum should be more than enough.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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