It was the night of 7th February, 2019 that people encountered the last of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. It was definitely an untimely end of such an eminent personality who had been serving his people in his entire life time. Rabbi Eckstein was the founder of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). And he was known to be a messiah to his fellow Jews. The sad event burdened the hearts of the people overall the world but specially the people of Israel.
Yechiel Eckstein laid the first foundation stone of IFCJ in the year 1983 and it is know from the IFCJ reviews that a sum of more than $1.6 billion was raised by this foundation whose main motive was to serve the poor and the marginalized group of Jews in Israel, the less earning minorities Israelis and the survivors of the holocaust.
The tragedy took place on 7th night and the funeral service was conducted on the following day i.e. on 8th February, 2019. The funeral was attended by many prominent figures, like the former Jerusalem mayor, Nir Barkat, the US Ambassador, David Friedman and also Rabbi Lazar, who is the head of Chabad, Russia. The funeral service was attended by many dignitaries who also gave their eulogy.
The first person to give the eulogy was Rabbi Lazar who spoke about the kind deeds of Yechiel and how his entire life’s journey was dedicated to his Jewish fellows. Secondly it was Berel who is the brother of the deceased, and later it was Yael, the daughter of Yechiel who put her words emotionally describing how selfless her father was and how he had dedicated his entire life serving the lives and also cared for the improving the minority classes of Israel.