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Jerusalem Open House: The Restaurant

The Restaurant

Poverty is rampant in the holy city, and thousands of people don’t have money for food. Hunger takes over their lives, as they search for food, and try to still their discomfort and pain.

Jerusalem Open House serves free meals that turn people’s lives around. The poor don’t have to wait for someone to invite them for a meal. They don’t have to buy second-day bread, or frequent wedding halls, searching for leftovers. Instead, they eat delicious, hot food, in dignity.

Over four hundred people eat their meals at Jerusalem Open House, every day. Additionally close to three hundred sandwiches are picked up by children to take to school. And hundreds of others, including large families, depend on the packages we send them. Jerusalem Open House is open everyday – Erev Yom Kippur, Motzaei Yom Kippur , even Erev Pesach, because hunger cant wait.


  • The Israeli National Insurance Institute report:
    One in four Israelis – over 1.6 million people – lives below the poverty line, Poverty now afflicts one in three of Israel's children, an increase of 20% in the last five years.
  • According to a study commissioned by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, 14% of Israelis aged 20 and over – an estimated 550,000 people – have refrained from buying food in the past year due to financial difficulties.
  • Nearly 19% of Jewish children in Israel go to bed with an empty stomach at least one night a week. Some 13% of Jewish children in Israel suffer from malnutrition.

Contact us

Jerusalem Open House
3014 Avenue L
Brooklyn NY 11210


Our office in Israel
Rechov Oneg Shabbos 1
Jerusalem Israel