Be’er Sove’a works to feed the needy population in the Negev region, catering mainly to the elderly and children who live in substandard conditions and who cannot afford meals.
This special partnership was formed thanks to the energetic efforts of Ron Harush, director of the Meir Panim operations unit, Yitzchak Brokovitz, deputy manager of Meir Panim, and Hila Pitel, director of Be’er Sove’a. This project was made possible by utilizing the fancy dining hall located in the pedestrian mall of Beersheba’s old city. Meir Panim is responsible for the renovation, renting and maintenance in order to assure a comfortable dining atmosphere, and Be’er Sove’a is in charge of supervising the kitchen operations and staff and the volunteers who serve the food to the diners.
“Beersheba was the first town in which our forefather Abraham planted the “Eshel” tree, [which in Hebrew is an acronym for] food, drink and lodging. We are connecting on this important occasion with the path of Abraham and we are perpetuating his principles in our own generation,” remarked Dudi Zilbershlag, Chairman of Meir Panim.
Meir Panim General Manager, Mr. Yossi Lefkovitz paid tribute to the special connection between the religious and secular, and Arab and Jewish population in Beersheba. He expressed the wish that the partnership and brotherhood that characterize the city will spread throughout the country and bring people together.
Rabbi of Meitar Simcha Shtatner spoke as the representative of the donors of this special project. His contribution, which is called “Yosef HaMashbir”, is in the memory of Dudu Yosef Shenrach, z”l. Mrs. Esther Amar warmly praised the wonderful work of both organizations as well as the municipal welfare department. Other speakers included local volunteers and a number of diners who expressed their feelings of appreciation for the support and for the spacious and pleasant new facility