Waiting for Food outside the Dreyfus Soup Kitchen, Jerusalem


This photograph shows hungry people, many of them children, as they wait for food at the Dreyfus Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem, which served about 900 meals a day in 1921. During and immediately after World War I, needy Jews living in British Mandate Palestine were cut off from their regular sources of support in Europe. Many depended on food relief and other kinds of financial support from American Jews. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a humanitarian organization organized at the start of World War I to address such pressing needs, financed soup kitchens and other vital forms of support in the Middle East and Europe. The photograph is from the archives of the JDC, which contain documents, photographs, film, video, oral histories, and artifacts recording the work of the organization from World War I to the present.

Last updated: March 17, 2016