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Yael Eckstein: The well-chosen torchbearer for the billion-dollar fellowship

Yael Eckstein is the daughter of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and after her father died recently; she took over the mission initiated by him. She inherits the billion-dollar charity - International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) headed by her father. It is one of the largest charities that raise about $130 million every year.Yael Eckstein

……And came the clarion call

Yechiel Eckstein died of a heart attack at the age of 67 leaving behind the enormous responsibility to carry on his legacy on Yael’s shoulders.  Rabbi Yechiel had deep trust in Yael’s capabilities, and he knew well that she is the best person to carry out his mission. That’s the reason why Yael was blessed by her father three years ago.

He mentored her through the years that followed and helped develop her decision-making skills. Thus, Yael emerged to be a more responsive and responsible leader.  IFCJ was getting prepared for the retirement of the Rabbi about two years from now, and a year ago Yael Eckstein was selected as the president-elect by the board of directors of the group.

The principal objectives to be attained

 IFCJ's principal focus lay on promoting dialogue and bridge-building between Christians and Jews. They were never into fundraising.  As per Yael, under her leadership also the organisation will keep focussing at bridge-building as the prime activity.Yael Eckstein

Yechiel Eckstein always wanted his daughter to secure a degree in law, but Yael had a different objective to get involved in the fellowship. So, she started working in the Israel office of IFCJ and later on moved to its Chicago office. From there started her actual work as she started talking to the donors on her father’s behalf.

After that, Yael has served in various positions across the organisation and proved her mettle well in handling the different functions of the fellowship. She is working towards taking her father’s goal to get more Jews to get involved in the work of the fellowship and is successful in her endeavour to a great extent.

Yael Ecksteinis a leader in the making and so, let’s leave it on time to prove how she stood up to be the real successor of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.