INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIANS & JEWS

Rating: 2.52 stars   29 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.

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Role: General Member of the Public
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

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 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.

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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

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!

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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

Rating: 1 stars  

14 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.

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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

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.

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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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 3 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

I can not understand the rancor of some reviewers on this topic. First about the salary. People have complained that he makes $370 thousand, $400 thousand, and more than $470 thousand dollars. Did they expect him to socialize with moneyed individuals in a wrinkled suit and cap in hand? Traditionally those who donate large amounts to charity are not impressed by a homeless individual knocking on their door. In actuality I believe that he makes close to $500,000. That is a non-issue. To put it in perspective, for every $50.00 you would donate, 22 cents goes into the rabbi's pocket. When I donate to food shelves, or clothing centers for the homeless locally, it would not bother me that the administrator makes a buck every time I donate $250.

As to personal attacks...one commenter mentioned that the rabbi had been condemned by the Orthodox. To that I would have to ask which Orthodox? The only criticism of which I am aware coming from Orthodox organizations is a claim that defines Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein as a closet Christian. His organization has been a viable charity in Israel for thirty years, though the name International Fellowship of Christians and Jews wasn't used until 1991.

The more damaging assessment comes in the realm of the amount of money necessary to raise a dollar. The actual fundraising expenses reported to the IRS are in the nature of 39%. Thus it takes 39 cents to raise a dollar of which 53 cents goes to the designated charity, which leaves 8 cents for administrative expenses. If I was a retailer, I would consider that a great return on my investment. How do I determine this for a charity? To begin with, the worst charities only spend between 2.5% to 10% on the actual subject of the donation. The rest goes to...well you know. The best spend anywhere from 75% to 90% on the subject of donation. Most fall in between those ranges. The BBB standards of 65% when dividing program expenses by total expenses gets a minus mark for IFCJ which is only 54%. On the other hand the American Red Cross which passed the BBB test has been in continues hot water with federal investigators since before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita when they pocketed the money earmarked for those disasters by direct contribution.

The top performing charity merely uses its donations for education and provides no direct aid to the needy. But...the Joshua Fund mentioned in one comment, has an overall rating of 61.xx% while the IFCJ has a 54% rating, not terrible, except the main reason it is that high is with a higher score in financial accountability. Joshua has a profile of $5 million, whereas IFCJ has a $100 million profile. As I've checked around to see where my Israel money is best spent I have not found anything that large appreciably better.

I donate to a number of Israel charities, and this is one of them. Am I satisfied with the amount they spend on fundraising? No. but I will continue to donate until something better that actually feeds the needy, comes along. I will look more into the Joshua Fund, but last year they ran a deficit and that isn't a good sign for longevity.

A final note: if I was donating 10% of my income to this charity alone, then I would look elsewhere. My consideration is also weighed by the fact that many of the top rated org. are umbrella groups I don't know what is done with the money given to their various subsidiaries.

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

Find a way to cut the fundraising budget in half.

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

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 3 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Rumors of million + salaries, and donations that exclude messianic Jews; those that believe in Jesus Christ, should not stop good hearted people who want to bless Israel with a donation. Those who bless Israel will be blessed. Before you donate, look around, there are numerous legitimate organizations that do charitable work there. Check them out, see how much of your donation reaches it's destination, and reaches the people you intended it for. May your hearts be in the right place, and may God bless.

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

If rumors are true then soul searching is in order. If not try to clean image.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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