soup kitchen

  • 2
    meals served daily – breakfast and dinner – with dignity
  • 1000
    fresh meals served to needy diners every day of the year
  • 350000
    total fresh, nutritious meals served on an annual basis
  • Dinner with Dignity

    When something goes terribly wrong at home – a father losing his job, a mother fighting illness, a family becoming orphaned – the refrigerator and the pantry quickly go empty. According to a report by the Israeli National Insurance Institute, 1.6 million Israelis live below the poverty line, with poverty now afflicting one in three of Israel´s children.

    The soup kitchen at Jerusalem Open House therefore serves as a lifeline to hundreds of families teetering on the brink of starvation. This is where unfortunate children and adults turn for fresh, hot food to fill an empty stomach. This is where life-transforming breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are served with grace and dignity.

    In the early morning hours, we also serve a special population of young yeshiva children with breakfast and wrapped lunch sandwiches. And since hunger never takes a day off, neither do we. Our kitchen is open every day of the year without exception: Shabbos, yom tov, erev Yom Kippur, Motzei Yom Kippur, and even erev Pesach.

    Our menus include a full array of hot dishes, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables to replicate the comfort and nutrition of mealtime at home. Most importantly, we serve the unfortunates with dignity, sparing them the humiliation of waiting to be invited for a meal, buying two-day-old bread, or frequenting simcha halls to scrounge for leftovers.
    "I would love to have the ability to send you a large donation. Were it within my realm of capability, I would sponsor all of your programs. Unfortunately, I cannot, as I am one of those saved from starvation by your kitchen on a day-to-day basis. The very least I can send you is this note of immeasurable thanks…"
    – Dina K.