Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), has been named Russia’s Man of the Year for 2010, in recognition of his leadership, dedication, and assistance in helping tens of thousands of Jews in the former Soviet Union.
Joining a venerable list of famous figures in Russian culture, business, political and social affairs, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), has been named Russia’s Man of the Year for 2010, in recognition of his leadership, dedication, and assistance in helping tens of thousands of Jews in the former Soviet Union.
This prestigious award was bestowed upon Rabbi Eckstein during an impressive ceremony before an overflowing crowd at the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 5.
Presenting the award was Lev Leviev, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia and CIS. The event was attended by Dorit Golder, Israeli Ambassador to Russia, as well as Russian government officials and a crowd of more than 6,000 dignitaries and guests who filled the banquet hall of the Kremlin.
Leviev, who called IFCJ “one of the most dominant and crucial factors in maintaining the physical well-being of tens of thousands of Jews all over Russia and the CIS,” emphasized that without the IFCJ’s support under Rabbi Eckstein’s leadership, countless people throughout the former Soviet Union would go without even their most basic needs being met.
He added, “The enormous contributions raised by Rabbi Eckstein’s supporters and lovers of Israel in the United States, many of them Christians, have helped finance tens of thousands of hot meals for children and for lonely old people, medical care, warm clothing for the needy, and follow-up assistance to thousands of Jews every month.”
“I’m grateful to be part of the rebuilding of Jewish life in Russia,” Rabbi Eckstein said about his work with the IFCJ. Then the rabbi, an accomplished musician, delighted the audience by playing guitar and singing “Am Israel Chai,” which translated from Hebrew means “The People of Israel Live.”
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), headquartered in Chicago and Jerusalem, was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein for the purpose of building bridges of cooperation and understanding between both faith communities and together supporting Israel and Jews in need throughout the world. To date, IFCJ has raised two-thirds of a billion dollars to support programs aiding the sick, elderly, orphaned and at-risk populations in Israel, the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, India, Latin America, and Arab countries. For more information about IFCJ programs and projects, visit http://www.ifcj.org.
Posted On: Chicago, Illinois (Vocus/PRWEB) December 10, 2010