International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Gives $2 Million to UJC and JAFI for Relief Efforts in the Former Soviet Union
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews presented $2 million to the UJA-Federation Campaign of United Jewish Communities and The Jewish Agency for Israel to support the rescue and resettlement of Russian Jews in Israel.
"The fact that this gift represents the generosity of our non-Jewish brothers and sisters has particular meaning," UJC President and CEO Stephen Solender said. "These dollars will help us in a very profound way to continue to rescue those who are in significant difficulties and that are looking to us to bring them to Israel." Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, presented the check to Mr. Solender and Carole Solomon, UJC National Campaign Chair.
"It is only through the warm generosity of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews that the Jewish Agency for Israel is able to carry out its vital mission in the former Soviet Union, in Ethiopia and around the globe," JAFI Chairman Sallai Meridor said in a statement from Jerusalem.
In 1999, JAFI supported the rescue and resettlement of approximately 67,000 Russian Jews to Israel, 46 percent more than in 1998.
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