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Daily Israel Report

Hareidi Youth to Bear Olympic Torch

A hareidi young man with seven charities to his name will carry the Olympic Torch in London.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/29/2012, 9:46 AM

The sun sets at London's Olympic Park
The sun sets at London's Olympic Park
Reuters

A hareidi-religious young man from London will be among those carrying the Olympic Torch in Britain this summer. Efraim Goldstein, 22, was chosen due to his long history of volunteerism.

Goldstein had established seven volunteer organizations by the age of 16. The groups he set up now have a total of several hundred volunteers.

Efraim currently volunteers for the Shomrim Patrol, an emergency search and rescue group that he established. He also runs a soup kitchen for the homeless, and visits sick children through the Helping Hand organization.

He will carry the torch in the London borough of Lewisham. “It’s an honor and a privilege to carry the torch,” he told Jewish Online Magazine. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity… I’m extremely happy to be part of it.”

He expressed hope that his participation will show that Jews are part of London society even while continuing their own culture and traditions.