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Tzefat

Branch address: 7 Weizmann Street

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 11:30-14:00

Phone: 04-6821704

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Or Akiva

Address: Balfour 17, Or Akiva

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 10:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Ms. Ilanit Chafuta

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Dimona

Branch Address: Hamekabim, Yoseftal Center, Dimona

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 08:00-13:00

Restaurant Manager: Mr. Nissim Almakayes

 

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Tiberias

Branch Address: Hagalil 56, Tiberias

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 09:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Yehudit Elimalech

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Jerusalem

Address: Hatzvi 11, Jerusalem

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 11:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Ms. Daniel Shefaim

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Tzefat

Branch address: 7 Weizmann Street

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 11:30-14:00

Phone: 04-6821704

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Or Akiva

Address: Balfour 17, Or Akiva

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 10:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Ms. Ilanit Chafuta

The Or Akiva branch is located in a campus between two floors. Before we begin to describe the branch itself, however, we must mention the lush lawns outside. The entire area is filled with green squares. In the plaza outside the building, one can already feel the beauty of the kindness taking place inside. Meet the one and only Ilanit Haputa – Or Akiva’s branch manager. Ilanit is a professor in kindness. One cannot meet Ilanit and not immediately notice the sheer goodness pouring out of her. You cannot speak to her without being interrupted after a few minutes by another teenager who needs her. Ilanit serves as the mother and father to countless children and teenagers. She holds their hands – physically and figuratively. Every person in need knows whom to turn to in Or Akiva. The Or Akiva Meir Panim branch serves as the address for every request – in times of distress, and in times of joy as well. Along with her volunteers, Ilanit cooks delicious, nutritious food. In the afternoon, the visitors will begin to stream in to enjoy a kind word while preparing trays filled with quality food and packaging separate meals for the children back home. Ilanit always knows which word to offer. The branch is her baby; everything begins here. Ask anyone in Or Akiva who the city’s mother is, and the answer will always be: Ilanit Haputa. Ilanit also manages the afternoon clubs with the art of an educator. Every child receives personal attention, as though he were her own son. Parties and birthdays are not just another event – every party is a personal, well-invested affair, and every child receives a personalized birthday cake, his name spelled out in frosting on the glaze. The city residents’ love for Meir Panim is famous. Even the police and municipality know where to turn with every request they receive.
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Dimona

Branch Address: Hamekabim, Yoseftal Center, Dimona

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 08:00-13:00

Restaurant Manager: Mr. Nissim Almakayes

 

The Dimona branch is a campus, including a dining room, a volunteer room, a board game room, and a tiny office – the office of Nissim Almakayes. You're also invited to meet Nissim Almakayes, the manager of the Dimona branch. From this small room, Nissim manages a vast network of kindness. The room looks like a command center with a task board and deadlines for completion. From here, Nissim's volunteers go out to purchase food supplies for the branch that feeds over 800 people a day. Some will come to the branch to eat their only hot meal of the day, while others will receive deliveries to their homes. A Holocaust survivor sits in his home waiting for Nissim's volunteers. The knock on the door signifies that someone thought of him, someone cares and will continue to care. He won't lack food – Meir Panim will always ensure that. By noon, everything runs like clockwork. Some volunteers go to the homes of lonely, disabled, and elderly people to deliver their lunch and check on their well-being, while others stay at the branch to welcome visitors. At 12:00 PM, the branch buzzes with activity. Meals are also served by volunteers doing community service, and Nissim gently guides them on how to return to life and embark on a new path. Nissim's team also includes intellectually disabled individuals. The love Nissim showers on them is immeasurable. They love Nissim, and Nissim loves them. In the afternoon, Nissim runs a seniors' club and supervises the volunteers at the nearby Koch L'Tet branch. He's attentive to whether a couple is about to get married and lacks the means to furnish their home – Nissim helps them with all their needs.
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Tiberias

Branch Address: Hagalil 56, Tiberias

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 09:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Yehudit Elimalech

The Tiberias branch overlooks the beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee, and inside the branch, angels of kindness roam. Yehudit Alimalech, the branch manager, oversees the cooking operations in white aprons, and together with the volunteers, they cook steaming pots of soup and the scents of the dishes waft through Galil Street in Tiberias from the early morning hours. In the afternoons, a diverse crowd from all walks of life enters the branch. The branch manager, along with the volunteers, approaches each one of them, inquiring about their well-being and health. When Yehudit hears that a child has been born to one of the needy, joy overflows: cakes come out of the oven, and balloons are hung in the branch, making everyone feel at home.
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Jerusalem

Address: Hatzvi 11, Jerusalem

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 11:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Ms. Daniel Shefaim

The Jerusalem branch operates harmoniously under the management of Daniel and a team of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. In the Jerusalem branch, you can see rehabilitated prisoners alongside volunteers, all standing together in the early morning hours, peeling potatoes and cleaning lettuce leaves for lunch. At 11:30, the flow of diners begins to arrive at the restaurant. Among them are single mothers, lonely elderly people, and individuals struggling to make ends meet. Daniel and the team of volunteers welcome everyone with smiles and love. They make sure to ask each one whether they would like another portion or perhaps are interested in "takeaway" meals. All of this is done with a smile and a generous spirit. Some say that they come to the branch just to see Daniel's smile and to be swept up in his positive energy.
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Tzefat

Branch address: 7 Weizmann Street

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 11:30-14:00

Phone: 04-6821704

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Or Akiva

Address: Balfour 17, Or Akiva

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 10:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Ms. Ilanit Chafuta

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The Or Akiva branch is located in a campus between two floors. Before we begin to describe the branch itself, however, we must mention the lush lawns outside. The entire area is filled with green squares. In the plaza outside the building, one can already feel the beauty of the kindness taking place inside. Meet the one and only Ilanit Haputa – Or Akiva’s branch manager. Ilanit is a professor in kindness. One cannot meet Ilanit and not immediately notice the sheer goodness pouring out of her. You cannot speak to her without being interrupted after a few minutes by another teenager who needs her. Ilanit serves as the mother and father to countless children and teenagers. She holds their hands – physically and figuratively. Every person in need knows whom to turn to in Or Akiva. The Or Akiva Meir Panim branch serves as the address for every request – in times of distress, and in times of joy as well. Along with her volunteers, Ilanit cooks delicious, nutritious food. In the afternoon, the visitors will begin to stream in to enjoy a kind word while preparing trays filled with quality food and packaging separate meals for the children back home. Ilanit always knows which word to offer. The branch is her baby; everything begins here. Ask anyone in Or Akiva who the city’s mother is, and the answer will always be: Ilanit Haputa. Ilanit also manages the afternoon clubs with the art of an educator. Every child receives personal attention, as though he were her own son. Parties and birthdays are not just another event – every party is a personal, well-invested affair, and every child receives a personalized birthday cake, his name spelled out in frosting on the glaze. The city residents’ love for Meir Panim is famous. Even the police and municipality know where to turn with every request they receive.
Dimona

Branch Address: Hamekabim, Yoseftal Center, Dimona

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 08:00-13:00

Restaurant Manager: Mr. Nissim Almakayes

 

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The Dimona branch is a campus, including a dining room, a volunteer room, a board game room, and a tiny office – the office of Nissim Almakayes. You're also invited to meet Nissim Almakayes, the manager of the Dimona branch. From this small room, Nissim manages a vast network of kindness. The room looks like a command center with a task board and deadlines for completion. From here, Nissim's volunteers go out to purchase food supplies for the branch that feeds over 800 people a day. Some will come to the branch to eat their only hot meal of the day, while others will receive deliveries to their homes. A Holocaust survivor sits in his home waiting for Nissim's volunteers. The knock on the door signifies that someone thought of him, someone cares and will continue to care. He won't lack food – Meir Panim will always ensure that. By noon, everything runs like clockwork. Some volunteers go to the homes of lonely, disabled, and elderly people to deliver their lunch and check on their well-being, while others stay at the branch to welcome visitors. At 12:00 PM, the branch buzzes with activity. Meals are also served by volunteers doing community service, and Nissim gently guides them on how to return to life and embark on a new path. Nissim's team also includes intellectually disabled individuals. The love Nissim showers on them is immeasurable. They love Nissim, and Nissim loves them. In the afternoon, Nissim runs a seniors' club and supervises the volunteers at the nearby Koch L'Tet branch. He's attentive to whether a couple is about to get married and lacks the means to furnish their home – Nissim helps them with all their needs.
Tiberias

Branch Address: Hagalil 56, Tiberias

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 09:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Yehudit Elimalech

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The Tiberias branch overlooks the beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee, and inside the branch, angels of kindness roam. Yehudit Alimalech, the branch manager, oversees the cooking operations in white aprons, and together with the volunteers, they cook steaming pots of soup and the scents of the dishes waft through Galil Street in Tiberias from the early morning hours. In the afternoons, a diverse crowd from all walks of life enters the branch. The branch manager, along with the volunteers, approaches each one of them, inquiring about their well-being and health. When Yehudit hears that a child has been born to one of the needy, joy overflows: cakes come out of the oven, and balloons are hung in the branch, making everyone feel at home.
Jerusalem

Address: Hatzvi 11, Jerusalem

Days of Operation: Sunday-Thursday

Hours: 11:00-14:00

Branch Manager: Ms. Daniel Shefaim

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The Jerusalem branch operates harmoniously under the management of Daniel and a team of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. In the Jerusalem branch, you can see rehabilitated prisoners alongside volunteers, all standing together in the early morning hours, peeling potatoes and cleaning lettuce leaves for lunch. At 11:30, the flow of diners begins to arrive at the restaurant. Among them are single mothers, lonely elderly people, and individuals struggling to make ends meet. Daniel and the team of volunteers welcome everyone with smiles and love. They make sure to ask each one whether they would like another portion or perhaps are interested in "takeaway" meals. All of this is done with a smile and a generous spirit. Some say that they come to the branch just to see Daniel's smile and to be swept up in his positive energy.
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Our Vision

Meir Panim’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty and support those in need of a helping hand.  As our Hebrew name translates to “Brighten Faces” we care for those in need, from young to elderly with dignity and respect.

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About us

Meir Panim was founded in the year 2000 with a mission of helping those in need and alleviating hunger and food insecurity in Israel

To accomplish this goal, we established a network of  free restaurants where we have been hosting patrons every day for almost 25 years. At each of our branches,  thousands of people in need  of a warm meal are cared for, with an equally warm and comforting atmosphere where all are welcomed.  Our Meals on Wheels program provides meals delivered directly to homes of those who cannot come to our branches in person, including the elderly, families with young children and the infirm. Today, Meir Panim is about much more than "just a meal"; throughout the country we provide school lunches for needy children, afterschool programs, opportunities for teens at risk, educational opportunities for all ages and grocery shopping cards. Although our programming has expanded, our mission remains the same, to break the cycle of poverty in Israel and serve as a safety net for those who need it most

Our Activities

Meir Panim’s Power of Giving Program provides furniture, appliances, home goods, coats and clothes to those in need. Through both our warehouse storage and our connection and matching project, we are able to provide donated essentials to those who need them most.
At Meir Panim we have a special place in our hearts for Holocaust Survivors and are deeply invested in their well being. Israel is home to the largest number of Holocaust Survivors in the world and we are committed to caring for this group who have lived through history’s darkest days. Many Holocaust Survivors encounter not only poverty but also experience isolation and loneliness. Meir Panim, in our branches nation-wide and with additional programming for Holocaust Survivors specifically, provides community and companionship to this group. In addition to meals, both in our branch dining rooms and delivered to their homes directly, we ensure that they can continue to live with dignity.
Meir Panim is committed to support for those facing food insecurity and strives to help with dignity and respect. With each meal that we provide, our patrons receive not only a nutritious meal, but also peace of mind to be able to focus on improving their station in life.
Providing opportunities for the next generation, from elementary school students to teens at-risk, is a key strategy to break the cycle of poverty. Meir Panim operates afterschool and summer programs to help provide supplementary educational opportunities and a team of mentors to support the next generation
Meir Panim’s Power of Giving Program provides furniture, appliances, home goods, coats and clothes to those in need. Through both our warehouse storage and our connection and matching project, we are able to provide donated essentials to those who need them most.

Transparency

We advocate for 100% financial transparency, and all organizational documents are available on this page

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