Post 137: A visit to Beit Frankurter and Lentil Soup

One of The Oldest Senior Center in Jerusalem, established in Baka 1982

The Isidore & Lea Frankforter Center for the Aged, also known as Beit Frankforter, was established in 1982 to provide comprehensive services to both frail and independent seniors living in southern Jerusalem. The center is a home-away-from-home for hundreds of seniors who take advantage of many social activities, including exercise, crafts, and language programs. The center is known for two special programs: a shop that sells handicrafts made at the center and a program in which seniors prepare 10,000 sandwiches each month for needy schoolchildren.

The Jerusalem Foundation has supported the purchase of equipment and various activities at the center over the years. In 1997, it established the Gideon Day Center for the Frail Elderly as an annex to the center. The facility extended the services of the Frankforter Center, to provide space for day activities for approximately 100 frail elderly, including lectures, classes and complementary medical services, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy. Medical  and dental check-ups are offered in a separate wing. Presently on four floors, all services are accessible by elevator. Classes are offered in Computer and Hebrew.

I visited the corner gift shop, which was manned by an artist, Yael Fux. She explained that she volunteers there every Thursday.

There were racks if girl’s dresses all hand sewn
One of the many gift items

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup (cooked)


3 cups green (or mixed) lentils, sprouted

1 or 2 medium tomatoes, diced

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and cubed

2 onions, cut into quarters

1 potato, diced

3 cloves garlic

½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce

2 bay leaves

3 allspice kernels

Juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

6 cups water


Cook all the ingredients in a stock pot for about 40 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and the allspice. Strain and blend together in the blender, or use a hand blender inside the pot.


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