The concept of charity was broadened by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). The Fellowship progressed under prominent leadership of its founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who was supported by her daughter Yael and George W. Mamo. The IFCJ was unfortunate to bear the loss of Rabbi Eckstein who passed away recently in February this year. The sudden death of its founder and long-time President was a gap for IFCJ that couldn’t be plugged easily, but loss of Rabbi Eckstein was a shock for Jews who were supported by the charity of Eckstein.
Death of president of IFCJ
Time never stops, and someone who is sent to this planet to perform some duties never remains forever. Everyone has to face this truth some day because death never waits. The organization never suffers, if it has found a competent successor. The IFCJ was shocked after the sudden demise of its President, but the erstwhile President had left a successor, her daughter Yael Eckstein, who was competent to plug the gap created by the death of her father.
Yael, the successor of erstwhile IFCJ president
Yael Eckstein is qualified and had been associated with her father in the past on many charity projects of IFCJ. She also inherits the traits of her father. Rabbi Eckstein was a philanthropist and same trait is present in his daughter Yael also has many other traits like her father, though some time is required to her to take on the legacy of her father. Yael is an influential woman as evident from her credentials. She was named “One of Israel’s 100 Most Influential Women” by Makor Rishon in 2014.
Yael, the new president of IFCJ
Yael Eckstein held top positions such as senior vice president, global executive vice president, and director of program development and ministry outreach. She has already taken over as the President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and oversees all ministry programs and serves as the international spokesperson for the organization.
Yael Eckstein is an eminent name in the world today. She is a woman of substance who has transformed many perspectives.
She is the daughter of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. She saw the light of the day in the state of Evanston, Illinois.
Interestingly, she is well-educated and has a number of degrees. She is well-versed in subjects like Biblical Studies, Jewish and Sociology Studies.
Yael Eckstein happens to be the president of the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews.Being a president of the Fellowship, she looks into all the ministry programs and serves as the international spokesperson.
Fundraising, marketing and maintaining donor relations are her major priorities. Her organization aims to educate the Christian youth. It also talks about the importance of Israel.
She has given expert advice on the Jewish Christian relations. Moreover, she is also a social service professional and a renowned writer.
She has also contributed to the Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel. She has written two books namely Holy Land Reflections: A Collection of Inspirational Insights from Israel and Spiritual Cooking with Yael.
Moreover, she has spoken at international events about religious persecution in the Middle East. She has also served on a Religious Liberty Panel in Washington DC.
She plans to take the philanthropic empire of her father ahead and make a mark in the world. She eulogized her father by calling him a rebel with a cause.
She has widely spoken about the various aspects of the Jewish faith. Moreover, she has been one of the most influential and powerful women of Israel.
To sum it up, Yael Eckstein has carved out a niche for herself by contributing to the society. Her tremendous knowledge on Jewish faith is fascinating. She has carried forward her father’s legacy and has highlighted the importance of Israel.
In a recent interview we had Blake Orlandi recall the historical journey of Bookspan from Book of the Month club.
What is Book of the Month club?
In the year 1926, Harry Scherman founded Book of the Month club – a subscription based website to get your hands on the premium collection of novels and fictions. Once subscribed, a user would get a box of five books every month during the duration of the subscription.
What led Harry to create Book of the Month club?
Harry started his careers as a copywriter for a famous advertising agency – Walter Thompson. It was only in 1916, that he along with his partners conceptualized the “Little Leather Library”. As Blake Orlandi recollects, this new library had the concept of selling the best 30 books of the time for only $2.98.
With the huge success of Little Leather Library selling over 40 million books in the first five years, Scherman along with his partners founded their own advertising agency for marketing books.
It was the crucial problem of accumulating interest in a new book, that pushed Scherman and his partners to conceptualize and bring into existence the “Book of the Month” club.
The journey from Book of the Month club to Bookspan
The club started with 4000 subscribers and in the next twenty years, the number of subscribers grew up to 550,000 subscribers. In 1977, the Time Inc. acquired the Book of the Month club and in 1989, Blake Orlandi remembers, the club to merge with Warner Communications. The final merging of the Book of the Month Club, Inc. with Doubleday Direct, Inc. happened in the year 2000, leading to the formation of Bookspan – a joint venture between Bertelsmann and Time Warner before Bertelsmann completely took over the ownership.