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International Fellowship Of Christians & Jews

Rating: 2.51 stars   37 reviews 12,253

Address:

30 North Lasalle Street No 4300 Chicago IL 60602 USA

Mission:

Promote understanding and cooperation between jews and christians and to build broad support for israel and other shared concerns.

Programs:

Isaiah 58: provided 349,687 poverty-stricken jews in the former soviet union (fsu) with food, clothing, medicine, and heating fuel; isaiah 58 also funds an extensive network of jewish children's homes in the fsu - providing a safe shelter, education, and security for orphans and children living on the streets. Isaiah 58 also provides emergency relief during times of crisis. In response to the crisis and war in the ukraine, the fellowship provided emergency humanitarian aid will provide medicine, food, supplies for soup kitchens, and security for synagogues and other jewish institutions in the embattled cities of the region. Isaiah 58 includes the following projects and the number of individuals assisted - total 349,687basic needs & security:-basic needs support for needy jews in fsu, 173,062 children & elderly-food aid (food packages, vouchers, hot lunches, food for holidays), 100,025 children & elderly-medical services & medicines, 15,600 children & elderly-food for school pupils, 10,000 children-security for jewish institutions worldwide, 51,000 people

guardians of israel: provided 1,010,825 poor israelis with food, housing, medical care, clothing, heating fuel, and other basic necessities; guardians is a lifeline for needy israelis, funding hundreds of special projects such as children's summer camps, therapy programs for war veterans and terrorism victims. Guardians also provides support to the israel defense forces (idf) and emergency relief during times of crisis. During the war, protective edge, the fellowship acted to meet the needs of israelis in the line of fire. We provided emergency equipment for first responders, installed mobile bomb shelters in under-protected areas, established a hotline for homebound elderly in need, offered free counseling to victims of trauma, and much more. Guardians of israel includes the following projects and the number of individuals assisted - total 1,010,825basic needs & community programs:-clothing for impoverished & orphaned children, 28,100 children-food packages, including holiday meals for the needy, 48,883-vouchers for food, 132,214 people-food for needy children, 810 children-19 soup kitchens (1,948,600 meals/year), 8,730 people-heating aid for the elderly, 24,750 people-fund for emergency basic needs, 69,664 people-backpacks & school supplies for needy students, 22,500 children-support to idf widows & orphans, 6,000 women & children-support to battered women, 180 women & children-support to secondhand furniture center for the needy, 1,680 people-basic needs (food, meals, medicine) for the elderly, 10,688 elderly-renovation of foster homes, dormitories & youth villages, 1,435 children & youth-fund for special community programs for children in foster homes and orphanages, 278 childrenstrengthening programs:-programs for the elderly (day centers & clubs), 14,665 elderly-programs for women (empowering centers, assistance to women without family support), 360 women-programs for children & youth at risk, 12,208 children-academic studies/scholarships for graduates of idf fighting units, 250 recently released needy soldiers-scholarships for students from the druze community, 50 students-community based activities in the south, 400 peoplesecurity-related emergency needs:-soldier's welfare programs (emergency aid, gift cards, food cards, adopt a battalion), 85,217 needy soldiers-support programs for former needy soldiers, 320 people-emergency renovation and equipment for hospitals, 104,950 peopleoperation protective edge 2014:-bomb shelter and mobile shelter construction and installation, 200,000 people-emergency equipment provided, 56,400 people-food cards for needy soldiers, 6,000 soldiers-respite for children and residents of the south, 73,593 children and adults-renovation of soldiers clubs, 67,500 soldiers-basic needs for needy soldiers, 33,000 soldiers

on wings of eagles: provided aliyah (immigration to israel) assistance to 21,437 oppressed and impoverished jews around the world. Wings also provided critical resettlement assistance (food, clothing, housing, job training, and hebrew lessons) to 30,287 jewish immigrants living in israel. In late 2014, to increase the number of olim (immigrants) and enhance the effective integration/ absorption process in israel, the fellowship established its own aliyah and klitah operation. By year-end the first two charter flights had brought 439 immigrants to israel from war-torn ukraine. On wings of eagles includes the following projects and the number of individuals assisted - total 51,724immigration:-aliyah from the former soviet union (fsu), turkey, middle east, and ethiopia, 20,000 people-recovery of jewish identity programs, 1,000 people-fellowship freedom flights from the ukraine, 437 peopleabsorption:-ethiopian community-based programs, 25,587 people-assistance for ethiopian immigrant soldiers, 700 soldiers-basic needs support for fsu immigrants, 4,000 people

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

The good rabbi tells us about the poor ladies that can't afford their most needed meds; yet he never mentions the fact that the state of Israel has socialized medicine, and is one of the best medical care giving countries in the world. I'm skeptical of the whole organization (IFCJ).

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Rabbi ECKSTEIN is doing everything he can to help the Jewish people. Obama is no help, he wants to divide the nation of Israel. GOD gave the land to the Jews and if we don't stand with Israel GOD will not bless American. The Jews are GOD choosy people. And I myself stand with ISRAEL. MAY GOD BLESS JERUSALEM
Read your bible people.vikki

 
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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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16 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?

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

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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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?

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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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15 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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36 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  

8 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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