Daily Israel Report

Chassidic Jew Carries Olympic Torch

Chassidic London Jew Ephraim Goldstein carried the Olympic torch Monday. He has worked with seven charities and runs a soup kitchen.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/24/2012, 2:11 PM

Goldstein carries Olympic Torch
Goldstein carries Olympic Torch
Photo provided by Jewish Defense League

Chassidic London Jew Ephraim Goldstein carried the Olympic torch Monday. He has worked with seven charities and runs a soup kitchen.

Many members of the London Jewish community turned out in the early morning to watch Goldstein carry the Olympic Torch for 330 meters, approximately 1080 feet, in southeast London.

The British Jewish Defense League website described Goldstein as being so excited he felt like was in “flames.”

He is 22 years old, and has started up and worked with charities since the age of 16, including the London Shomrim organization, which has 300 volunteers.

The League noted he carried the torch in memory of the 11 Israelis who were massacred in the Munich Olympics in 1972. The International Olympics Committee, which includes more than 40 Muslim representatives, has refused to allow the opening ceremony next week to include a one-minute silence in memory of the murdered athletes.

Goldstein told the League, “He told us he wanted people to know that he wanted to pay homage to the 11 Israelis that were murdered by the Palestinian terrorists during the Munich games in 1972, so we designed a banner to express his wishes.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege to carry the torch,” Goldstein said. “It’s a unique opportunity in life and I’m very happy to be part of it.”