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Home-Style Food for the Homeless and Poor

Residents and tourists alike are familiar with the begging hands of Jerusalem’s poor as they walk down the Ben-Yehuda Street pedestrian mall or the main roads of affluent neighborhoods. Jerusalem is the poorest city in the country, according to a recent report by the Central Bureau of Statistics, with nearly half of the city’s residents […]

Newly Renovated Restaurant Style Soup Kitchen Heartens Struggling Patrons

Israel’s southern town of Dimona has one of the highest percentages of impoverished people in the country. Yet, its residents were all smiles when its well-known free restaurant-style soup kitchen, run by the charity organization Meir Panim, re-opened following an extensive refurbishment. The event was attended not only by eager and hungry patrons but also […]

“Improvement” in Israel’s Reduction of Poverty? Hardly!

New figures released by the National Insurance Institute state that 1.7 million Israelis, including over 800,000 children, are living in poverty. In Jerusalem, 55 percent of children live below the poverty line (down from 58 percent in 2015), followed by similar numbers in northern and southern Israel. “How can we feel good that there is […]

Erica Schachne, editor at The Jerusalem Post, volunteering at Meir Panim

Soup Kitchen Volunteer Shocked Seeing the Other Side of Jerusalem

Israel is often found on the front page of the news. Whether due to its ongoing struggle for survival, both on the ground fighting its enemies and in the realm of public relations, the dichotomy of the Holy Land is clear. Yet even those living in Israel can miss an aspect of the country which […]