After the demise of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, IFCJ (Internation Fellowship of Christians and Jews) is being headed by a new president, the daughter of the Rabbi, Yael Eckstein.
She is heading the organization as on date and also looking after all its ministry programs. She is also the international spokesperson of the organization. It is not as though the assignments are something new to her as she was earlier working with it in the capacity of Global Executive Vice President.
She had also been the Senior Vice President and the Director of Program Development and Ministry Outreach at IFCJ prior to it. Yael is a respected social worker and a well-known writer too. Some insights into her educational background and career are shared here for reference.
- Her initial years were in the US and Israel – Yael was born in Evanston, Illinois and her formative years were spent in the US itself. But she received further education in both American as well as Israeli institutions. While she completed her biblical studies from the ToratChesed Seminary in Israel, the Sociology and Jewish Studies were completed by her at Queens College in New York. However, again, the additional studies were done at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has also taught Jewish and Hebrew Studies in the US.
- She is an active persona – IFCJ has received a President who is quite active in the social arena. Yael has written in ‘The Times of Israel’, ‘The Jerusalem Post’ and many other publications. She has also authored two books – ‘Spiritual Cooking with Yael’ and ‘Holy Land Reflections: A Collection of Inspirational Insights from Israel’. Additionally, her views on the Jewish faith and the relationship between Jews and Christians can be heard every week on the radio program, ‘Holy Land Moments’. This program is aired in many languages throughout the world.
We can see here that even after the Rabbi, the organization is in safe hands under the leadership of Yael and will continue to make a difference to poor Jew’s lives.