A decade of serving soup
Hazon Yeshaya celebrates its 10th anniversary
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