What’s the truth about the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ)? The Fellowship got global name and fame, and its founder Rabbi Eckstein also got lot of publicity on international level. Many Christians believe that Rabbi Eckstein is a Messianic Jew. As an orthodox rabbi, Eckstein has love for Jews, but does this love makes him a Messianic Jew. This is probably not true. Most people are of the view that Rabbi Eckstein isn’t messianic, and his fellowship is not a Christian organization, though giving to non-Christian charities is not a wrong act.
The reality of IFCJ
Many well-to-do Christians donate money to IFCJ, but they donate in the name of Rabbi Eckstein as they have seen Eckstein’s infomercials that make influence how Eckstein had been helping Russian and Ethiopian Jews return to Israel. The Fellowship fetched massive donations but in the name of Eckstein, He ruled the Fellowship for long 35 years since founding until his death, and held apex position as President during all these years. He drew hefty sums from the Fellowship in the form of remuneration. That was price for his personality that appealed people, especially Christians for donation. There seems to be injustice with donors’ money somewhere.
The Fellowship is not an exclusion, but like other charities
There should be no disagreement that people should be cautious before making donations to any charity. IFCJ is not an exclusion because many things of the Fellowship are comparable to other charities that are established either for scams or for self-use of donors’ money. The Fellowship’s profile is impressive and the profile of its executives such as Rabbi Eckstein is also impressive, but this is not all important for donors. They should have right to know where their donations are going. Do their donations are fully used for the benefits of needy people or community? This is important that must be understood as a donor.