The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ)
announced Thursday that it would donate more than $5 million towards heating
bills for the elderly people in
as part of its “Warm Winter for the Elderly” initiative.
Working together with the Israeli Electric Corp., the Social
Affairs Ministry and the Infrastructures Ministry, the IFCJ will pay the
heating bills for some 134,000 elderly people in .
According to IFCJ President and Founder Rabbi Yechiel
Eckstein, this is the first time a philanthropic organization will directly
transfer its donation through the Electric Corp., which will in turn deduct the
sum from each eligible person’s bill. This method was chosen in order to
preserve the dignity of recipients, and to ensure that the donations reach
recipients as quickly and efficiently as possible, he said.
This is the fourth year in a row for IFCJ’s "Warm
Winter for the Elderly" program.
Recipients of the program are those deemed eligible
according to National Insurance Institute data.