The sad demise of the founder of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein leaves us all a tale of tragedy. As we all know life is all about uncertainty and the only certain thing about life is its end. We can never know what waits for us the next moment. And sadly it was Rabbi Eckstein’s time to leave us all with burdensome heart.
According to the IFCJ reviews, Yechiel Eckstein was the founder of the International Fellowship for Christians and Jews in the year 1983 and had raised a sum of about $1.6 billion, to help the many unfortunate masses of Israel, many minorities with meager livelihood of Israel including those from Arabs, Bedouin and Druze, the holocaust survivors of Israel and the former Soviet Russian states.
The funeral day
The tragic event occurred on the night of 7th of February, 2018 which left us all with burderned hearts. Many eminent dignitaries attended his service, just like the former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, with Rabbi Berel Lazar; head of the Chabad in Russia the US Ambassador David Friedman and many other personalities. The funeral service was conducted on the 8th i.e. on Thursday at the Eretz HaChaim Cemetery in Beit Shemesh of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
Laraz speech on him
At the funeral service it was Laraz who gave the first eulogy. He spoke kind words about Yechiel, his kind deeds and all his selfless services. Berel, Yechiel’s brother also participated in the service and he spoke about how beloved Yechiel was to him and how he never deviated from his angelic deeds.
Yael spoke how selfless her father was, and on his services and selfless acts of aiding the poor and needy. She also added how his entire life revolved around his people in need and how happy he was to help them.