60 walkers took part on a Meir Panim Uk’s night time 10KM Soup walk through the historic East End of London raising £10,000 for Holocaust survivors living in poverty in Israel. On completion each participant received a cup of warm soup at the Sandy Row Synagogue much as it was served to the new immigrants arriving at the turn of the last century.
Meir Panim UK’s chairman Sir Erich Reich who came to Britain on the ‘Kindertransport’ aged 4 stood near his own statue at the Kindertransport monument at Liverpool street station and said: “Soup kitchens were common in the East End of London and run by charitable organisations and it seems that nothing has changed. Today in Israel 2010 Meir Panim runs a network of 14 soup kitchens. The funds we raised on the walk will go to those underprivileged Israeli citizens including Holocaust survivors".
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