Newly released biography tells the colorful story of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who first united Christians and Jews to help Israel
By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS – November 8, 2015) — Hollywood entertainment and business mogul Haim Saban recently hosted an invitation-only gala event on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at his home to celebrate the recent release of “The Bridge Builder,” a biography of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship).
According to a news release sent to the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), around 100 major figures from the business, entertainment and non-profit worlds gathered at Saban’s home to meet Eckstein. They included such leading names as Enrico Macias, internationally acclaimed award-winning singer, and Tony Rubin, president of the Western Region of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and his wife Linda Rubin.
“The Bridge Builder: The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein,” by best-selling author and journalist Zev Chafets, tells the story of how an Orthodox rabbi from Chicago built one of the leading Jewish philanthropies in the world today – but one which raises millions of dollars annually from Evangelical Christians to help Israel and Jews worldwide.
The book is an unfettered look at how Eckstein pioneered a new relationship between Christians and Jews, overcoming centuries of distrust, conflict and even contemporary controversy to unite the two communities, and it ultimately tells the story of a man on a mission to connect Christians and Jews, to unite around strengthening Israel and the Jewish people.
About The Fellowship:
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein founded The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel.
Today, The Fellowship is the world’s largest organization of Christians actively working with Jews to support Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised close to $1.25 billion for this work. The organization has offices in the U.S., Israel, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea. For more information, please visit www.ifcj.org .
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Photo captions 1) The Fellowship Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein speaking at the events event. (Photo credit: Silvia Mautner Photography). 2) Book cover. 3) Dan Wooding outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books and has two US-based TV programs –- “Windows on the World” and “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding” — which are both broadcast on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv/) and a weekly radio show called “Front Page Radio” on the KWVE Radio Network (www.kwve.com).
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