IFCJ HEAD Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein 370.
(photo credit: IFCJ)
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews on Tuesday distributed over
NIS 800,000 worth of food-aid vouchers to 2,400 Arab Israeli families ahead of
Ramadan, which starts this weekend.
In distributing the vouchers to some
65 towns and villages across the country, IFCJ Executive Director and Founder
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said that just as his organization provides welfare
assistance to Jewish families for Jewish holidays, it also provides support to
Muslim and other religious minorities in preparation for their
“On Muslim, Christian and Druse festivals throughout the year,
the needy families from Israel’s minorities should also be entitled to the same
support from society and the state,” he said.
The vouchers, which can be
redeemed in various supermarkets countrywide, are part of a new drive by the
IFCJ to move away from the culture of distributing food baskets and allowing
those in need of aid to determine for themselves what food to buy.
this year, the IFCJ has donated some NIS 14 million to Israel’s weakest social
economic populations, and additional social welfare projects are spread among 77
towns and cities countrywide.