London – 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.