Bringing God’s People Home

May 9, 2017

Print Bookmark

Dear Friend of The Fellowship,

There are few places in the world that are less hospitable to Jews than the former Soviet Union. There is a long and ugly tradition of anti-Semitism in this part of the world, a tradition deeply ingrained in society and culture. During my many trips to this troubled region, I’ve seen first-hand its effects – Jews afraid to reveal their identity as Jews, afraid to practice their faith, and mired in an unending cycle of poverty and squalor because they are unable to find work to support themselves.

Particularly in Ukraine, the already tenuous situation for the Jewish community has worsened exponentially. Fighting between separatists and Ukrainian loyalists has resulted in civil unrest and violence that has spiralled out of control in the eastern part of the country. In the middle of this conflict is the beleaguered Ukrainian Jewish community, struggling to survive in what has become a war zone.

That is why The Fellowship provides aliyah for so many Jews from the war-torn areas of Ukraine to their new home in Israel. Jews from around the world make aliyah for many different reasons – to escape anti-Semitism and crushing poverty, and to realize the promise of living in their biblical homeland. In this case aliyah can truly mean the difference between life and death for a community in peril.

Far too many Jews living in fear amid the volatile and dangerous situation in Ukraine still long to come to the country where they can live freely as Jews, without fear, and with independence and self-determination. That country, of course, is Israel and when their plane arrives at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Fellowship staff, along with a host of Israeli volunteers, are always there to greet them with one simple message: welcome home.

The Bible tells us, “I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 43: 5-6). My friends, with aliyah, I truly believe we are again witnessing the fulfilment of this prophecy. I ask you to pray for the success of our efforts – and, if you feel moved by God to do so, please consider supporting our mission to bring home Ukrainian Jews who remain in peril, and long only to come home.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
President and Founder, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews® of Canada

Rabbi’s Commentary Archive

Get Rabbi’s Commentary
Sent Right to Your Inbox!

Name and Email

Yes, send me email and news from IFCJ Canada.


All active news articles

We use cookies, including third-party cookies, to improve your experience on our site and to show you relevant advertising. Visit our Privacy Policy to learn more. By continuing to use our site you agree to our use of cookies.

Accept Cookies