There was a huge controversy between the strict and orthodox leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv and founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Mr Yechiel Eckstein. The reason mainly being the orthodox community thought it was inappropriate for a certain group of Haredi Jews to secretly perform idol worship and be related to the Christian community and whatever way.
Controversial affair between the Orthodox and IFCJ
In the year of 2009, just few months before the death of the a highly orthodox Jewish leader who was also a Lithunian-Haredi, Yosef Shalom Eliashiv issued a statement regarding the ban of Haredi Jews using the Fellowship’s funds since the news came in from somewhere stating that these particular group of people were the silent idol worshiper and there were involved in activities relating to Christian missionary and beliefs. The outcome of such judgment was expected. It cause a rebellion among the IFCJ members especially Mr. Eckstein. As a response to the statement delivered by Yousef Shalom, Mr. Eckstein proposed that he would expose all the Haredi-religious beneficiaries of the IFCR’s list so that equality is maintained and everything is done on a transparent basis. The entire IFCJ rating and IFCJ reviews took a toll after the incident. The biggest question that came in mind was ‘Is IFCJ a good charity?’.
The entire orthodox community became against the Fellowship and the leader of the community decided not to accept funds from the Fellowship which included Avraham Shapira, Edah HaChareidis, Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss.
In the year 2014, many religious leaders belonging to Zionism stated that it is prohibited to take money from the IFCJ. Many Israeli summer camps were in problem since the entire funding was made by the IFCJ. The Jews became angry and evidently the IFCJ rating showed enormous downfall.