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Causes: International, Religion

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

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

After recently finishing an in-depth look into the IFCJ charity, I feel I MUST share my findings. ESPECIALLY with other Christians who are giving to this charity not knowing where their money goes, or who it helps.
I was targeted for a $5000.00 donation to their charity. So, upon that request, I did my homework. And that’s what I’ll briefly share with you here. But before I get into the details, let me say now before I lose any readers, I will NOT be giving a dime to this organization.
For starters, (this is likely very important to Christians) Rabbi Eckstein (now deceased) was not a (Christian) Messianic Jew. The entire time he lectured using a Bible, and even speaking in Christian churches, he was a staunch NON believer in Jesus, and being vocal in other groups, that he would not allow any discussions of salvation through Jesus take place. Christians, just let that sink in for a minute. All those things he said, and all that he falsely convinced, that he was a a Christian Jew, or that he had any belief in the Bible, that was all misleading to get your money. In fact, it goes further than even that!! This Jewish charity, even gives money to groups that STOP Christians from telling Jews about Jesus, and also money to work against the Messianic Jewish movement. You see, this Rabbi didn’t want our Jesus at all, he just wanted our money, and with smooth talking he got 1.5 billion dollars since the 80’s. And that’s right, not one cent of that 1.5 billion dollars, went to promote salvation or anything about Jesus. Remember that.
It that’s unimportant to you, here’s some more info I dug up. Rabbit Ecksteins salary exceeded $1.2 Million dollars a year!!! You read that right. 1.2 million..... All other staff members he paid a relatively meager $200,000 per year each.
As of the Rabbis death, his daughter has taken over the reins. He trained her for over a year before he died, teaching her the ropes of the business. She eagerly continues asking Christians for money to support Israel and the Jewish people. Rabbi Eckstein and now his daughter, his salary was 500% higher than any other comparably sized charity. Yep, 5 times higher. All I can think of is struggling. Christians sending their money to this man, while he was pocketing all that, and doing work that is contrary to Christian beliefs.
Evangelical Christians have become the cash cow for the Jewish charities. If you care about the Jewish people getting the Gospel, and salvation, don’t give your money to any charity like this that wants nothing to do with you, except for getting your wallet. All while demanding you better NEVER try to tell them about Jesus.
There are good Jewish charities out there. Jews for Jesus is an example. But DO YOUR RESEARCH!! I was able to find all the terrible information about IFCJ quite easily through Christian charity watchdog groups. There are numerous other charities in support for Israel and the Jewish people that rated very highly. So again, do your research.
All I could think of is had I sent them the $5,000.00 they kept asking for, some of that money would have been used to STOP the words of Jesus salvation getting to Israel and its people. And that’s the last thing any Christian should be supporting.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I see a lot of people saying this are that but if you don’t want to gave don’t gave I love Israel and I will gave to them it’s up to the people who I gave to do right with it GOD bless Israel and the USA

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

What a scam. Showing poor old Holocaust survivors who they claim are still alive!!!
The head making $800k plus a year!!!
If there is a Hell the scammers of this organization have a First Class Pass.

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization has often been in question in my mind at times. I believe in giving to the Jewish people ( And I have given to IFCJ) who are in need. Or ANY of Gods children, Jewish or not. Now that I know just how much they are pocketing for themselves, it changes my perspective on how they conduct their business. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that they ARE helping many people! But who REALLY needs more than 2 or 3 hundred thousand dollars per year to live comfortaby? Why not give back some of the income that they are choosing to keep and put it back into the "Non-Profit" or any other legit organization helping people. What does "Non-Profit" REALLY mean if these people are making this kind of money? God doesn't want us to judge, I agree, but there has to be some kind of logic in making a decision to give to an organization or not. Judging is one thing but making a conscious determination that an organization is taking advantage of well meaning funds is a totally different story. And clearly, making that much money and pocketing it instead of utilizing it for bettering other people's lives is wrong! I don't care how hard you work at helping people, getting compensated justly is the right way to do it. This is not. If I'm giviing to a "non-profit" in good faith, when I don't make a fraction of what these people are making for a living, I call that wrong!!! I work hard too! I'll give when I see their incomes from this "non-profit" signficantly reduce. That's my story!

11 Krista J.

Client Served

Rating: 1

After getting mailings from this organization I tried to call to delete from their list. They continually asked for my address and phone number and refused to delete it. They passed me back and forth to more people insisting on my phone number and asking me over and over again for my full name, phone and address. They refused to delete me unless they had the phone number on file. From Maria in Kansas on,they are a scam organization.

41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How long are you going to milk the cash cow....holocaust victims. They are mostly all dead. I find your commercials disgusting by USING old people that probably get nothing from your supposedly charity. Just saying.

12

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a financial contributing member of the IFCJ for 14 years and have a great love and respect for the Rabbi and now his daughter who has taken over as President of the IFCJ. They are loving and compassionate people. As a Messianic believer, I would not think of turning my back on the Jewish people in Israel, the FSU, or anywhere else simply because some people are not happy with the salaries of top people in this organization. I am sure that if any of these complainers had to work as hard as these IFCJ people do they would be demanding more money in their checks constantly. To these complainers, I say "Judge not, lest you be judged. For the measure with which you judge, you will also be judged." Yeshua's (Jesus') words, not mine. And these complainers also need to remember what Caspar ten Boom (Corrie ten Boom's father) said, "It is through the Jews that God chose to give us our Savior and our Bible." We owe God and the Jewish people so much more than the meager donations many of us can afford to give, I give not out of a desire to get something back, or to say "look at me" . But I give out of love for God and His chosen people the Jews who remain His children and the Apple of His Eye. May God bless the IFCJ, the workers at all levels, the Jewish people, and Israel our greatest ally in this world. I am now 70 yrs old, and as long as God give me life in this body, I will continue to be a faithful supporter of the IFCJ. What these workers earn are between them and our Heavenly Father. The important thing is that we remain willing and faithful supporters of God's Chosen people. They have gone through and continue to go through many more trials and hardships than we do or may ever have. This must be remembered, instead of judging the IFCJ in a bias manner as I have read so many reviews do. Give with compassion and an open heart for the Jewish people and the IFCJ.
Not complainingly or in a judgmental manner. "Be a cheerful giver".

16

Donor

Rating: 3

I feel that the International Fellowship of Christians & Jews is a good charity since it is accredited by the BBB and Charity Navigator gives them a 85.68 rating which is a three out of four star. This charity is helping the Jewish people get out of poverty by providing basic necessities such as food and medicine and is assisting them to return to their homeland of Israel. However, I do agree that their CEO is WAY OVERPAID making over $600,000 a year!!! Even half of this amount is too much for a CEO of a charity. This is money that could be going to the Jewish people and Israel to make sure that no one had to make a choice of being able to eat or to buy medicine.

29 Allen G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This Charity is a self inrichment scheme that masquerades as a Charity. The Bloated disgusting high salaries tell the whole story. They help people while much helping themselves to the donated money. They do not promote or give credit to Christian's nor do they explain the Lord's grace and salvation. They are getting rich and hoping the needy continue living a long time so they can continue to enrich themselves on their backs. Disgusting opportunistic operation that vampires cash from caring people.

73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I am bothered that the salaries of many of the board members is extremely high, the highest being the rabbi, who is the founder and president, whose reported salary in 2017 was $867,734. That seems totally excessive, especially for a man of the cloth. Shouldn't he be doing this to help others and not to enrich himself?

51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I looked at IFCJ's audit and found that there was a golden parachute for the president and his heir. It's in Note 10. To me it is overly generous. The president died and the heir, in 2018, was getting more than $3.5 MILLION MONTHLY. There is no statement of what the heir is getting in 2019. I didn't find a statement of compensation for the current president, but I didn't really have time to look intensively. Note 10 is copied below.

International Fellowship of Christians & Jews, Inc.
Notes to Financial Statements 21
Note 10.
Deferred Compensation In 2005, after 22 years of employment, The Fellowship’s Board of Directors established a retirement plan (non-qualified deferred-compensation plan) for its president, with a benefit to his beneficiary in the case of his death. Originally, this retirement plan was set up to vest in January 2017. However, during 2015, the President exercised his option to defer the vesting date of the pension to 2022. The Fellowship has been fully funding the future liability. The President passed away in February 2019. Under the agreement, in the case of death, the President’s beneficiary is to receive fixed monthly payments for 10 years. As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, $3,543,853 and $3,468,902, respectively, has been accrued as a liability on the consolidated statements of financial position. The Fellowship funds the expected liability on a monthly basis into a Rabbi Trust for the benefit of the President. As of December 31, 2018, the Rabbi Trust held investments of $4,508,688. The Amutah has a deferred compensation agreement with a former employee. Under the agreement, the Amutah is required to make fixed monthly payments for the remainder of the former employee’s life. The estimate of the present value of the deferred-compensation liability totaled $56,297 and $69,452 at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

78 Will D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The 1/3 of a million dollars is just his cash salary. When u add up the total benefits & investnents paid its over a million. Every employee of this non profit has a base salary of a quarter million or more. Sorry I believe in supporting the Jews but IFCJ is to rich for my blood...

Review from Guidestar

48

Donor

Rating: 5

After hearing all the rumors about this organization I took it on myself to contact the Israeli government to ask them about how the IFCJ were helping the Jewish people and I was told that if not for the IFCJ they would not be able to help as many Jews to migrate to Israel and that the IFCJ plays a major part in doing so. It is so easy to criticize others who are doing, in order to try and justify sitting on the stool of do nothing. So all of you with doubts, before you commit murder with your tongue do what I did, send an email directly and ask the government how the IFCJ are helping.

Review from Guidestar

54

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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).

26

Donor

Rating: 5

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

49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!!

44 rogerlhull

Donor

Rating: 1

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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57

Donor

Rating: 3

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

55

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar

31

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

38 Joanne45

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

42

Donor

Rating: 1

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

18 Djacq

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

26 Lynn83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

38

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

53 Victoria36

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!

70

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

45

Donor

Rating: 2

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.

48 CarlosG

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

48 Gary26

Donor

Rating: 2

I donated to this fund monthly by credit card largely because I wanted to bless the Jews through some charity or outlet. The IFCF seemed to have a lot of information and advertising that captured my attention. However, over time I realized that they must be spending millions in advertising because I would receive elaborate advertising 2x a week asking for more money. I did not like that. Also, they never mentioned Christ at all but only catered to Judaism’s beliefs. What sealed my decision to stop my donation was when I read about Rabi Eckstein’s incredible salary. That salary includes my donation and could be used to help many poor jewish people. It seems the good Rabi is more interested himself than he should be. I plan to give to the Joshua Fund which is a Christian organization who helps Jews and is chaired by a Christian Jew.

31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How can this charity get such a high rating when over 40% of the funds raised go to fund raising expense? This is certainly not efficiency. I would never donate to this charity.

Review from CharityNavigator

28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Why does any charity organozation's head deserve more than $400,000/year salary or compensation which is almost equal to the US President's salary andmore than double that of members of Congress?

Review from CharityNavigator

23

Donor

Rating: 5

Those who bless Israel will be blessed. I have seen people going on about the amount of money paid to Eckstein, and I must say I don't understand. He makes 20 percent as much as the CEO of Coca Cola, about 3 percent of Microsofts leader. He could just as easily find a private company job and far out do his current salary. Instead he choses to take less money and deny the comforts of a stationary life at home were it is safe. I can assure you that as down to earth as Warren Buffet is, he aint huggin the sick and praying in war torn countries for his daily bread. These people help people. If you want to bark up someones tree go for the pink ribbon people. They take in billions and pay there reps 100 plus thousands to fly first class stay in 5 star hotels and leave pamphlets in doctors offices. Something a mail man could do. Compared to other charities this one gives back a lot of what it collects. Susan G Colman foundation for breast cancer is much better for cancer research. Do your homework kids. Compare charities and see were the money goes. Its out there.

16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I am not going to donate any money as I am retired, on a fixed income, and I feel that since I would like to donate hundreds of dollars and can't afford to that the director can "comfortably" take a few hundred out of his $472,000.00 salary and cover it for me!!!!

Review from CharityNavigator

15 Rafael S.

Donor

Rating: 1

I donated one time 50 dollars,, but now I get tons of mail exceeding my initial donation now i find out they are worth more 80 million it just seem weird to now knowing most Jews give money to Israel. so no more will donate to wounded soldiers and a have a girl that is that i have in World Vision for 6 years now.

26

Donor

Rating: 1

I handle my 87 year-old mother's financial affairs, and saw that she was persuaded to donate to this organization through her credit card. When I told her that the president was paid nearly a half-million dollars in 2010 (the most recent year reported), she was outraged, and felt taken advantage of. I called the organization and asked to have the funds credited back to her credit card and they refused, saying that contributions were non-refundable unless the donor was legally incompetent at the time. I believe that every legitimate charity should return gifts made by people who within a reasonable amount of time reconsider after receiving pertinent information about the charity. The fact that this organization will require me to take them to small-claims court to get my mother's money back tells me a lot about just what sort of outfit they are.

Review from CharityNavigator

25

Donor

Rating: 1

Donated and in getting their literature was contemplating donating on a monthly basis as sounded like a good group. Then I saw Rabbi Eckstein's salary of over 400,000 dollars and am sure he has an expense account too. I am struggling financially as are most these days and to see a charity administrator compensated to this extent sends red flags of,if not a scam, definitely donation abuse. Money now going to the Fisher House.

Review from CharityNavigator

18

Donor

Rating: 1

As a child of God I know that my Father is watching the actions of everything that we do. In this Iam sure He willo right all wrongs. keep fath in Him, in the name of or Lord Jesus the Christ.

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Having had a lot of professional contact with Jewish organizations I know IFCJ's work well. I have been to Israel several times and seen that the money they raise goes to all kinds of worthwhile projects like hospitals, food programs, battered women's shelters, programs to help Ethiopian immigrants learn Hebrew and get jobs, and the list could go on. Yes Israel has in many ways a robust economy but there are poor people there and very real economic problems, just like in the US. IFCJ does as good a job of filling those needs as any organization I'm acquainted with.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

Donor

Rating: 5

Best place I ever donated to. The people in this chartiy are the nicest and most blessed people I know. I plan on blessing them for as long as I can not only by donateing to them but by praying for them for as long as I can. God Bless You IFCJ Terry

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Donor

Rating: 1

I was touched by the TV commercials about elederly Holocaust victims not being able to afford their special holiday meal. (Forgive me, I am not a Jew and don't know the term). So, a year or so ago, I donate $100 and AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK I get some sort of mailing from them trying to solicit more funds. They have spent far more in postage than they ever got from me to begin with. So, my money went to buy MEALS? Doesn't sound like it. It went to the USPS (who, in fairness, probably needs the money as well!!) Maybe I should tell the IRS that my donation was to the USPS. I have called the Fellowship and asked them to remove me from their mailing list. It didn't work, it still comes. No more money from me!!

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Donor

Rating: 2

Looks at what the rabbi pays himself after he shows ads on TV of poverty stricken people in Israel! I no longer trust Charity Navigator for giving this outfit a 4-star rating in spite of the rabbi taking so much money. He is an apparently greedy scoundrel!

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6 Kevin F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for a decade. I love the Jews. The wings of eagles program is excellent. Cant go wrong supporting the Jews. Jesus is Lord. His word is clear. Israel helps the ishmail tribes poor and is a peace loving country. Has one of the best military's in the world. And just wants to be treated decent by the rest of the world. The poverty and devastation in the Area there and abroad sinful. And UN holy. God is holy. I really feel for the Jews. And see us all falling into the end times. this program Rabbi Ernestine has started is good. Jesus is our hope for any good world leader. Not whats happening to the dying world and lying deception we are experiencing. And the insanity going on today. yuck. The Bible is clear Jesus is our Savior and Messiah. I'm his. so i get persecuted for it. Jesus will return some day soon. As this wars and rumors of wars pestilence and earthquakes in various places. signs in the heavens. etc. Remember in the book of Daniel. The leopard. Jesus said when you see all these things happen rejoice . when you see the fig tree start sprouting . etc. I hope for salvation to come to all men just like my Savior Jesus did when he died for us on a roman cross. It is finished. He is our Messiah. And His Father is tarrying to see how many are going to humble themselves and invite Jesus Christ his only begotton son into their harts and lives. old and new testament. both go together just fine. Jesus Christ is the living word of God. And the only one who raised people from the dead healed so many and he himself res-erected from the grave and proved his position as deity with the Father. God. Hope this helps somebody to See the Truth. Amen. k

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being active in Christian work I have followed IFCJ for more than 10 years. I've contributed to its outreach, and I've watched the organization carefully. It is a remarkable mission; unique in its purposes; impressive in scale; effective in its tangible ministry. Perhaps most impressive is its respect and care for us as donors and its financial and program transparency. My highest recommendation.

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14 Karen Horning

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

In addition to raping the sick and elderly of their incomes, this non-profit collects over 80 million dollras per year. The rabbi has been condemnned by the Orthodox jewisj Community and they refuse to accept funding from them. It is extremely questionable where this large sum of money dissappears to each year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I find this organization to be an absolute abomination for the way they prey upon the sick and the elderly for funding. I am a part time care giver for a physically and developmentally disbaled senior. They have bamboozled him out of his inheritence and have happily been receiving 70% of his income for the past ten years.

Granted, the IFCJ receives funding from many resources and it would be quite unreasonable for them to investigate each of ther donors. However, this gentleman has been calling them 3-4 times per month and there is no viable way anyone can converse with him and not detect his mental disability and still they accept his checks of over one thousand dollars each month.

I do not care what sort of work they do. To rape the sick to feed the poor is unacceptable to me and I find them to be an utter disgrace.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have supported the IFCJ for more than 10 years now. We are kept updated on the work they are doing by mail and email by our request (but not bombarded with pleas for money as so many organizations do.) They offer important help and crucial support to Jews, helping many to fulfill their dream of emigrating to Israel and helping them to transition once they arrive in their Jewish homeland. They help very poor elderly Jews in Russia and other countries where they are suffering discrimination. They also do much to help Israel both in the area of safety (e.g. building or restoring bomb shelters) and in assimilating new refugees. They hold classes, help emigrees receive job training and provide basic needs for new arrivals as well as food & goods for the very poor.

I am sorry the only other person to write a review was from a bad experience. My parents are both in their 90's and very senile. At a point, they were giving money to anyone who wrote them & asked for it, every time they wrote. So many well-known & respected charitable organizations were writing to them every week! IFCJ honored my wishes and sent all their correspondence to me, and occasionally we'd send a check from Mom & Dad along with our check. I do realize that seemingly all the major charitable organizations constantly work for donations and the vulnerable people among us will be taken in. That's why it's very important that if someone doesn't have the mental capacity to handle their own funds, a trustee or power of attorney must be named. It's inconceivable to me that a mentally handicapped man would be left in charge of his inheritance. If he's as mentally deficient as I get from your description, someone should long ago have been named to handle his medical and financial decisions.

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