Saturday, August 29, 2015
The Bridge Builder By Zev Chafets
The amazing story of Yechiel Eckstein, a Chicago-based orthodox rabbi who founded the world’s largest philanthropic organization of Evangelical Christians in support of Israel.
When the Anti-Defamation League sent a young Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to Chicago to foster interfaith relations in the late 1970’s, he was surprised to see how responsive Christian evangelicals were to the cause of supporting and defending Israel.
Eckstein founded The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in 1983 to promote cross-cultural understanding and build broad support for Israel, Soviet Jewry, and other shared concerns. The Fellowship has grown and thrived over the last three decades, raising more than $1.1 billion, and is one of the largest 50 NGOs in America today. American Christians have become one of Israel’s most reliable sources of financial and moral support.
Few people realize that Eckstein and The Fellowship have done an unprecedented good deed in bridging an ancient cultural gap. Renowned journalist Zev Chafets explores Eckstein’s role in this important interfaith evolution, showing how an American rabbi made major progress in promoting dialogue, cooperation, and mutual respect in the face of harsh and unrelenting opposition.
About Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews and Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Israel, Rabbi Eckstein has devoted more then 35 years to building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews and broad support for the state of Israel. He is recognized as the wold's leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christians. Rabbi Eckstein received Orthodox Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York. he holds masters degrees from Yeshiva University and Columbia University, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Seminary. He currently serves on the executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
I found this book written by Zev Chafets very educational and well written. Taking a stand for God's chosen people bringing Christian's and Jews together. This book held my attention. We the people I think need to take a stand for Jews. I found myself tearing up while reading this. I think all Christian's and Jews need to read this wonderful Biography so we all can learn more About Rabbi Eckstein and his vision given to him by God.
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