The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) is embarking on a new mission: Bringing immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union and other countries in crisis.
This marks a major shift in the Fellowship's policy. So far, IFCJ has helped bring Jews to Israel indirectly, through donations to the Jewish Agency.
In total, the organization has transferred more than $150 million in donations to the Jewish Agency.
Eli Cohen, the former head of the Jewish Agency’s Aliya Department, has joined IFCJ and will be in charge of forming a strategic plan for the private aliyah program.
"Increasing the number of immigrants to Israel is a Zionist national mission and the central pillar of the Fellowship's work for the Israeli society and Jews in distress," said IFCJ founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
IFCJ was founded in 1983 to promote understanding between Jews and Christians and build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns.