That’s the message I woke up to Wednesday morning from a friend on the west coast. A few minutes later I learned that our mutual friends, Ossie Mills, had died suddenly at 58. We chatted about Ossie, how I got to know him through a unique project he was running to bring Christians to Israel, how it was in fact Ossie who introduced us. And we consoled one another.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ)
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has brought 330 Jews from Ukraine to Israel. The olim (new immigrants) arrived against a backdrop of increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. A number of the immigrants have experienced economic hardship since fighting between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists broke out in 2014.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ/The Fellowship) organized two flights this week from Ukraine to bring 400 olim (new immigrants) to a new life in Israel. It brings to more than 1,000 the number of new immigrants that the IFCJ has facilitated making aliyah (literally elevation).
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews produced a moving video commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed on Saturday. The video features Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the Fellowship, describing the horrors Jews experienced from the gates of the Auschwitz Camp.