London – Founder Of Stamford Hill Shomrim To Carry Olympic Torch


    Chancellor George Osborne with Efrayim Goldstein at Number 10 Downing street , the Prime Minsters OfficeLondon – Among the eight thousand people chosen to participate in the Olympics torch relay to take place later this spring is perhaps the first Shomer Shabbos torchbearer ever, London resident Efrayim Goldstein.

    The twenty two year old Stamford Hill native was nominated as an Olympic torch bearer in recognition of his many activities on behalf of London’s Jewish community. Goldstein is the founder of Stamford Hill Shomrim as well as the United Kingdom branch of Yad Ezra/A Helping Hand, a volunteer organization that provides support and entertainment to the sick, disabled and their families in addition to delivering food to old age homes, hospitals and soup kitchens.

    “I am very proud to show that there will be a Yid holding the Olympic torch,” Goldstein told VIN News. “I am honored to have been accorded such a special privilege.”

    Torchbearers will wear specially designed gold and white uniforms during their route.

    “My tzitzis and kappel will be visible with my uniform,” said Goldstein, who will run his three hundred and thirty yard leg of the relay on Sunday July 23rd in Lewisham.

    The eight thousand torchbearers were chosen from tens of thousands of nominees by a selection committee and were selected either for personal achievements or their efforts on behalf of their school or community, with chosen torchbearers ranging in age from eleven to ninety nine.

    The Olympic torch will arrive from Greece on May 18th and will begin its journey through the United Kingdom in Land’s End, Cornwall, on the westernmost point on mainland England, journeying through over one thousand cities towns and villages in the United Kingdom. The torch will travel by foot, boat, train, horse and zip line over a period of seventy days before it is used to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on July 27th in London.

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    11 years ago

    Kol Hakavod, Efrayim Goldstein.

    11 years ago

    Not sure what כבוד it is for a frum yid to carry the torch of olympics the tradition originates from Hellenism in greece, the יוונים.

    11 years ago

    the honor should go to Rabbi Saks

    11 years ago

    Sorry, my wife ran with the torch in the 1988 Calgary Winter olympics and she is Shomer shabos

    11 years ago

    Wow! I’m actually jealous but i really hope he does show his tzitzis and make a kiddush hashem as he will probably get some attention and people will ask what he did to get this honor and they will find out what he did. Well done Efrayim Shlome!

    11 years ago

    The olympic torch represents the greek hellenist idea that the body is the ultimate purpose in life, and it carries, meaning it controls, the neshama, the soul which is represented by the torch (ner hashem nishmas adam). The olympic games were started as a celebration of physical body perfection. It is avoida zora gomur, and totally in antithesis to the neshama being the ultimate purpose of our being in this world.
    Efrayim Goldstein should discuss it with a knowledgeable poisek before deciding if carrying the olympic torch is proper for a shoimer Torah.

    11 years ago

    Lubavitcher Rebbe said the olympics is mamosh avoda zorah and would not let his chassidim have anything to do with it.

    11 years ago

    Efrayim Shlome your the best! keep up the good work!

    11 years ago

    There is a ceremony involved in the lighting of the flame. It is a pagan ceremony in honor of the god of the sun. The flame is then called “sacred”.

    “Veidach zil gemor…”. You will find plenty of descriptions of this ceremony on the Internet.

    Even though everything is acted, it still smells of Avoda Zara.

    11 years ago

    but keep up your good work

    11 years ago

    Oh as usual the Stamford hollies r jelouse. Excellent move on the Olympic part. If shomrim where around in my days my fear for buglers would not be still part of me. All my life we had break ins then I get married and my flat got broken into all jewelry gone. Kol hakovod to Mr. Goldstein.will look out for u on the tomer box in the USA.thank you for keepoing my siblings and parents safe.

    11 years ago

    !סערה בכוס טה – כרגיל

    11 years ago

    ES feel very happy for you i’ll watch you to see if you’ll do a good job. Keep up your good deeds

    11 years ago

    To all those who bring up the subject of the Rebbe’ Live Facts:
    Rabbi Sufrin Sufrin Mbe, Will Carrying the Flame through: Havering
    Carrying the Flame on: 22 Jul 2012 Age: 52 Hometown: Ilford, Essex
    Rabbi Sufrin will never go against the Rebbe’….

    to correct the article, Efrayim Goldstein who is well-non for his professional work between the Jewish Commuinties and the Goverment is well recognised by the Rabbunim and many others. He Deserve this more than anyone. at such young age. age 22 and already open so many BIG and Needy, well established Organisations. Well Done. Not to forget a Personal Story i had in hospital over Chanukah, he sent one of his Volunteers from A Helping Hand and arranged for me to light Menura Candles Daily and even made a Chanukah party. Thank You Thank You Thank You. May Hashem Help you continue with all your good work.