Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, has devoted his life's work and ministry to building bridges of understanding between Christian and Jews, as well as raising broad support for the State of Israel and for the Jewish people worldwide.
An ordained Orthodox rabbi, Eckstein is an internationally respected Bible teacher and has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Seminary.
His daily radio program, Holy Land Moments, is heard worldwide on 1,050 stations and outlets, reaching seven million listeners each week. To learn more about Rabbi Eckstein, The Fellowship, and its programs, please visit www.ifcj.org.
Rabbi Eckstein received Orthodox rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York. He holds master's degrees from Yeshiva University and Columbia University, where he also completed studies for his doctorate.
Has been a serves on the executive committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, where he chaired its Committee on Aliyah and Rescue.Prior to founding The Fellowship, Rabbi Eckstein was national codirector of interreligious affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. In that role, he broke new ground by forging partnerships with evangelical Christians.
Recognizing the potential of these strong interfaith relationships, in 1983 he established The Fellowship to help Christians and Jews begin a dialogue and work together on projects promoting the security and well-being of Jews in Israel and around the world.
Since then, The Fellowship has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to help Jews from the former Soviet Union, India, Ethiopia, and elsewhere, resettle in Israel.
He died on February 6, 2019, after suffering a cardiac arrest.