To the Editor of the Jewish Chronicle:
You recently printed details of the Soup Kitchen-growing
activity in Israel to help the needy in the current
situation, but you omitted to mention anything about
our own activity in Jerusalem in this respect.
Last year The Exilarch's Foundation, which was established
by Naim Dangoor with funds now totalling over £20
million examined the possibility of helping victims
of terrorism in Israel. His plan was to grant 10,000
shekels to the families of every person killed by
Palestinian terrorists. He was informed that the Israeli
Government is adequately looking after the victims'
families of both killed and wounded and so he introduced
instead a programme offering cooked rice and lentils
to the needy of Jerusalem.
Since last August some 600 bags of cooked rice and
lentils of 1/2 kilo each, now increased to 1 kilogram
each bag, is available to all-comers at the Soup Kitchen
of Hazon Yeshaya in Jerusalem. This has proved very
popular and it is intended to continue the programme
and even expand it in due course.
In the last six months 35,000 bags have been distributed.
This is a direct and efficient way of providing help
to the needy of Israel's capital. Jerusalem is the
poorest town in Israel with 22% of its population
below the poverty line.
For many of the recipients this is the only food
a whole family has for that day.
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