A decade of serv­ing soup

Ha­zon Ye­shaya cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS/ -

HA­ZON YE­SHAYA Soup Kitchens marked 10 years of pro­vid­ing life­sav­ing meals to thou­sands of Is­rael’s need­i­est cit­i­zens with a Lon­don re­cep­tion hosted by the Is­raeli Am­bas­sador Zvi Heifetz and the char­ity’s Bri­tish part­ner, JNF UK.

Ad­dress­ing an au­di­ence of donors and dig­ni­taries, Ha­zon Ye­shaya’s founder and chair­man, Rabbi Abra­ham Is­rael, said: “It is easy to visit Is­rael and fall in love with the beauty of the coun­try and ad­mire the progress it has made in the last 50 years with­out wit­ness­ing the squalor and poverty of al­most 20 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. Ha­zon Ye­shaya is ded­i­cated to help­ing those that can­not af­ford to feed them­selves.”

Ha­zon Ye­shaya was founded by Rabbi Is­rael shortly af­ter he ar­rived in Jerusalem in 1997 and en­coun­tered a wo­man liv­ing in ex­treme poverty who did not know where her next meal was com­ing from. From the tiny kitchen he set up to serve 17 peo­ple, Ha­zon Ye­shaya now pro­vides 200,000 hot meals each month at 38 cen­tres across Is­rael.

Si­mon Win­ters, CEO of JNF UK, told the au­di­ence: “We are proud to be part­nered with an or­gan­i­sa­tion that makes such a dif­fer­ence to the lives of those who are most in need. Look­ing af­ter Is­rael’s need­i­est is a sig­nif­i­cant part of JNF’s sup­port for Is­rael.” Ha­zon Ye­shaya founder Rabbi Abra­ham Is­rael (left) with Is­raeli am­bas­sador Zvi Heifetz and his wife Si­galia Heifetz Photo: John Rifkin

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