International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews ("IFCJ") was founded in 1983 to promote greater understanding between Jews and Christians and to build Christian support for Israel and other shared concerns. Based in Chicago and under the leadership of its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the Fellowship is governed by a national Board of Directors comprised of leading Christians and Jews. Its motto is: cooperate whenever possible, oppose whenever necessary, and teach and sensitize at all times.

Contact information

Mailing address:
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
303 East Wacker Drive
Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60601-5224


Phone: 800-486-8844

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 363256096

CEO/President: Yael Eckstein

Chairman: Bishop Paul Lanier

Board size: 7

Founder: Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

Ruling year: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Guardians of Israel program delivers food, medical care, and other essentials to more needy people than ever, while our bomb shelter renovation project ensures that more Israelis will be safe in case of war or terrorist attack.

The Fellowship's Isaiah 58 program provides food, medical care, housing and other basic assistance to poor Jews in the former Soviet Union, and finances a network of safe children's homes throughout the area.

On Wings of Eagles assists needy Jews in making aliyah (immigrating to Israel). They come from all over the world - Russia, Argentina, India, Muslim countries and elsewhere - to escape anti-Semitism and extreme poverty...

Stand for Israel aims to engage people both spiritually and politically on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people, by encouraging them to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" and providing them with the facts...

Mission statement

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is the leading non-profit building bridges between Christians and Jews, blessing Israel and the Jewish people around the world with humanitarian care and life-saving aid.

Statement of faith

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews express that they have no written Statement of Faith.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating801 of 111327 of 42
Fund acquisition rating936 of 111435 of 42
Resource allocation rating860 of 111431 of 42
Asset utilization rating300 of 111313 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,990,431$4,560,823$2,652,134$1,608,688$1,635,169
Short-term investments$75,306,409$70,619,857$35,979,932$36,665,022$27,124,761
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$105,684,051$119,038,078$75,120,665$49,735,557$43,544,940
Long-term investments$4,707,307$4,316,127$3,521,179$3,256,274$2,907,077
Fixed assets$5,559,366$1,506,610$355,853$315,859$304,201
Other long-term assets$5,816,144$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$16,082,817$5,822,737$3,877,032$3,572,133$3,211,278
Total assets$121,766,868$124,860,815$78,997,697$53,307,690$46,756,218
Payables and accrued expenses$9,798,560$12,831,463$11,892,319$13,492,612$14,135,876
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$580,000$0
Total current liabilities$9,798,560$12,831,463$11,892,319$14,072,612$14,135,876
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$16,110,455$5,904,099$6,170,113$7,133,638$7,997,242
Total long-term liabilities$16,110,455$5,904,099$6,170,113$7,133,638$7,997,242
Total liabilities$25,909,015$18,735,562$18,062,432$21,206,250$22,133,118
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$51,129,474$76,796,261$53,608,386$25,725,322$18,712,007
With donor restrictions$44,728,379$29,328,992$7,326,879$6,376,118$5,911,093
Net assets$95,857,853$106,125,253$60,935,265$32,101,440$24,623,100
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$228,400,302$216,741,280$156,294,559$115,073,908$118,046,859
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($1,076,169)$3,081,017$1,257,732$1,111,703$1,325,128
Other revenue$282,288$81,835$24,070$1,950,261$600,722
Total other revenue($793,881)$3,162,852$1,281,802$3,061,964$1,925,850
Total revenue$227,606,421$219,904,132$157,576,361$118,135,872$119,972,709
Program services$171,749,741$130,927,876$95,806,739$80,467,533$85,045,904
Management and general$24,423,118$21,131,717$17,489,059$15,077,068$15,328,386
Total expenses$229,072,709$176,771,575$131,647,635$114,888,541$116,658,401
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($1,466,288)$43,132,557$25,928,726$3,247,331$3,314,308
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,466,288)$43,132,557$25,928,726$3,247,331$3,314,308


Yael Eckstein-FarkasPresident & CEO$797,547
Robin van EttenGlobal Chief Operating Officer$438,602
Laurel SimkovichVP of Finance$325,034
Eric FransVP of Philanthropy$276,250
Lucas PuzanChief Information Officer (beg 01/22)$257,750
Kristin HenningSenior Director of Finance$211,881
Erica PrescottSr Dr Integr Fr & Donor Retention$204,321
Tewahedo SeyoumDirector of Information Services$200,415
Travis DeramcySr Dr Integr Fr & Marketing$191,289
Christine JespersenPhilanthropy Adviser$190,659
Geraldine TolbertAssoc. VP of HR (thru 02/22)$182,514

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 to promote greater understanding between Jews and Christians, to build Christian support for Israel and other shared concerns. Based in Chicago, under the leadership of its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the Fellowship is governed by a national Board of Directors comprised of leading Christians and Jews.

The Fellowship's dream is that Christians and Jews would reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, better understanding, respect, fellowship, and active cooperation on issues of common concern. Through our programs and publications, we attempt to foster better relations and understanding between Christians and Jews, help build Christian support for Israel, and cooperate in building a more moral society through open dialogue, education, and sensitization of people of faith around the world.

All of our work is guided by the Rabbi's personal motto "Cooperate whenever possible; oppose whenever necessary and teach and sensitize at all times."

From its very inception, the Fellowship has organized dialogue programs between Christian and Jewish leaders, setting the stage for the ambitious projects that followed. Over the years, the Fellowship has hosted "Solidarity with Israel" programs featuring noted speakers such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Boone, Donald Rumsfeld and Federal Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz.

We have also coordinated and participated in a number of important conferences between Christians and Jews both here in America as well as in Europe, Australia and Israel. These have included special tours of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and briefings at the Israeli Embassy. The Fellowship has developed a variety of educational resource materials that are widely used by churches, synagogues, individuals and study groups to further Christian and Jewish understanding of one another and appreciation of their respective faiths.

The Fellowship has, over the years, organized a variety of leadership programs fostering Christian and Jewish support for the State of Israel. These have included tours to Israel with celebrities like Pat Boone and with groups like Pat Robertson's CBN, the National Religious Broadcasters, and a special trip for Christian media leaders in the immediate aftermath of the Gulf War.

The Fellowship also helped coordinate activities for the Government of Israel's "Operation Brainstorm" to increase Christian tourism to Israel as well as "Operation Independence" which assisted Israel economically.

More recently, we arranged for key Christian leaders to receive briefings from Israeli government officials including the President and the Prime Minister.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is trusted and respected by leaders in both communities and has, over the years, frequently been called upon to serve as peacemaker and troubleshooter, mediating disputes between the communities and replacing acrimony with dialogue.

Rabbi Eckstein addresses the US Congress: In pursuit of its goal of building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews, when Evangelical-Jewish tensions were particularly high in 1994, the Fellowship organized a historic Evangelical-Jewish Leadership Congress at the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. For the first time ever, leaders from both communities gathered behind closed doors for an all-day meeting to reconcile their differences and begin building an agenda for the future based on shared values and concerns rather than on historical prejudices.

Participants in the Evangelical-Jewish Leadership Congress included: Dr. Ralph Reed, Executive Director of the Christian Coalition; Dr. Jerry Farwell, Chancellor of Liberty University; Dr. Richard Land, President of the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League; Philip Baum, National Director of the American Jewish Congress; and Rabbi David Saperstein of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, among others.

Speaking at a news conference following the meetings, Rabbi Eckstein said, "We agreed to disagree without maligning or impugning the motives or characters of one another... We've come a long way in just one day of dialogue. There was a real spirit of Shalom in this meeting."

Today our bridge building work continues in the United States, Israel and the former Soviet Union. As recently as December, representatives of the Fellowship's Christian supporters held the first ever dialogue between Christians and representatives of the Jewish community in Odessa, Ukraine. Fellowship staff, in cooperation with METV, a division of the Christian Broadcasting Network, is developing a video/discussion series on the Jewish Roots of Christianity.

Our bridge building is not one sided. At its first meeting of the new millennium, the Fellowship's board voted to commit substantial resources to reach out to the American Jewish community.

Program accomplishments

For years International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has helped build bridges for greater understanding and cooperation between people of the Jewish faith and Christian faith. Among other things they have helped hundreds of thousands of Jews escape poverty and anti-Semitism and return to their biblical homeland Israel, funded humanitarian assistance to millions of Jews in Israel and around the world, provided life-giving aid to Israel's victims of war and terror thus fulfilling God's promise to Abraham and his descendants in Genesis 12:3: "I will bless those who bless you."