Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Speaks at Oral Roberts University

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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), and perhaps the most recognizable rabbinical voice to American Christians, asked 3,000 students at Oral Roberts University this morning to stand anew with the State of Israel as the next generation of Christian leaders, and to join him in praying for the peace of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Eckstein urged the students to learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity, and said that it was their emerging generation that would truly bring together the people of Christian and Jewish faiths.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), and perhaps the most recognizable rabbinical voice to American Christians, asked 3,000 students at Oral Roberts University this morning to stand anew with the State of Israel as the next generation of Christian leaders, and to join him in praying for the peace of Jerusalem.

Speaking at the university’s weekly chapel service, Eckstein urged the students to learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity, and said that it was their emerging generation that would truly bring together the people of Christian and Jewish faiths.

IFCJ began in 1983 as an effort to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews. Today it is a prominent force for helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide. The Fellowship is also the largest channel of Christian support and the charity distributing the most aid in Israel annually. IFCJ now raises more than $110 million per year—the large majority from Christians—to assist Israel and the Jewish people, with 120 employees in Jerusalem, Chicago, and Toronto, an international reach through aid programs, and a robust communications network. IFCJ has raised more than $709 million for this work.

At the same time, Rabbi Eckstein has become the primary voice for teaching the Jewish roots of Christianity to Christians and deepening their bonds with Israel. He has been recognized by Newsweek for the last two years as one of the most influential rabbis in America (#18 in 2011).

Information, pictures and video from the event are available at http://www.ifcj.org/students.

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