All Children of Israel are Responsible for Each Other - This basic tenet of Jewish communal responsibility and outreach is the foundation for Keren Eckstein and the heart of our mission.
Nearly one in five Israelis lives below the poverty line, according to Israel’s National Insurance
Institute. Many of the working poor live from paycheck to paycheck. One unfortunate event,
like the loss of a job, an eviction notice, or a medical emergency can push them into debt or
homelessness. Others, regardless of income level, struggle with mental or physical health
issues, and are often isolated. Too often, vulnerable populations feel marginalized and unheard.
Too many people have no idea where to turn or how to access the assistance available to them.
THE ECKSTEIN FUND IS WORKING TO CHANGE THAT!
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein (z”l), visionary founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), recognized the urgent need for people in dire circumstances to have one source to turn to in times of despair. With his wife Joelle, they established Israel’s first national Call Center, where anyone in need could be heard and receive assistance and hope. “We wanted to create a service so that all Israelis know that they are never alone; that they always have someone to turn to,” said Rabbi Eckstein with passion. For three years the Ecksteins did just that. Joelle dedicated 40-60 hours a week to the Call Center, on a volunteer basis, helping to build it into a strong operation, with 25 staff members, that provided support to those in need across Israel. With Rabbi Eckstein’s untimely death in February 2019, Joelle followed her husband's vision for the Call Center to become a separate entity. Together with Hadas Tsarfati, former director of the IFCJ Call Center, they founded The Eckstein Fund in memory of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and continued this critical service.
"Kol Israel Arevim Zeh Bazeh" - All people of Israel are responsible for one another”. This basic tenet of Jewish communal responsibility and outreach is the foundation for The Eckstein Fund and the heart of our mission. The Fund will honor and continue Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s lifelong commitment to helping Israel’s most needy by:
● Establishing a national social hotline to provide immediate solutions for vulnerable Israelis
● Creating a single point of connection between people in need, and the professionals, skilled workers, companies and non-profit organizations who can provide hands-on support to give back and help strengthen their communities
● Serving as an address for people to access assistance in the areas of nutritional insecurity, medical aid, employment, furniture, housing, clothing, legal assistance and more.
● Empowering Israel’s most at-risk citizens.