Gabriel Lehrman November 23, 2016 - Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of the Masbia Soup Kitchen, has had a busy year. His soup kitchen, with sites in Flatbush, Coney Island, and Rego Park (Queens), recently overcame months of delays to open a new site in Boro Park. According to their website, they have also “had an almost 350% increase in meal distribution over the past 3 years,” and one more blessing for Rapaport and Masbia has underscored their year of growth. Masbia depends largely on private donations, and after receiving new tables from Susie Fishbein, the famous Orthodox chef and author of ‘Kosher by Design’ cookbook, Rapaport had some decisions to make about the old tables. He didn’t want to get rid of them because of their sentimental and religious value, but he wasn’t sure what to do with them. That’s when Alex Aronov came to mind.
November 15, 2016 By Sandy Eller Brooklyn, NY - Seven months after closing the doors of its Borough Park location, Masbia Soup Kitchen is once again open for business serving meals to the hungry, this time at a new location. Located right near Borough Park’s Shomrei Shabbos synagogue at the corner of New Utrecht Avenue and 54th Street, the new Masbia location opened for business last Wednesday. Just one day earlier, Masbia’s executive director Alexander Rapaport invited three local rabbis, Rabbi Isaac Tirnauer, rov of the Shomrei Shabbos synagogue, the Kossover Rebbe, Rabbi Shraga Feivish Hager and the Hivnover Rebbe, Rabbi Avraham Friedlander, to the location to hang a mezuza on the door.
November 11, 2016 By Liza Schoenfein Courtesy of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network: Affixing the mezuzah at the door of the new Boro Park location are Masbia Executive Director Alexander Rapaport (left), Rabbi Isaac Tirnauer of Shomrei Shabbos (center) and Rabbi Abraham Friedlander. The Boro Park branch of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network finally opened its doors Wednesday night, serving a hearty chicken dinner to a handful of hungry clients, after serious financial constraints resulted in delays over the past several months.
High and low cuisine mix at a Masbia soup kitchen fundraiser on the Upper West Side. 09/26/16 Text By Robert Goldblum Photos By Nora Wesson Alex Rapaport is the Soup Kitchen Tzaddik. The soft-spoken yet scrappy entrepreneur has built the Masbia soup kitchen into something of a righteous empire. He opened his third location earlier in the year, this one in Borough Park, and his staff serves two million meals a year to New York’s needy, Jews and non-Jews. “We’re a restaurant without a cash register,” Rapaport memorably put it. They serve up dignity, and they fill bellies, masbia being Hebrew for “satiate.” Word got out a couple of years ago; even People magazine stopped by.
By Raquel Wildes Masbia, a kosher food kitchen network in New York City that serves over 2 million meals to the needy every year, hosted an event at the Lincoln Square Synagogue to help raise awareness for its worthy cause Quail. Kosher Slaughtering as featured in The New York Times. Top Chef competition. Christian Farmer from Ohio. Chop Hunger. These elements—as the event’s aforementioned Facebook post promised—all came together Wednesday night at a Top Chef-styled fundraiser at the Lincoln Square Synagogue called “Chop Hunger,” which raised money for Masbia, the largest network of kosher soup kitchens in New York, serving 2.2 million meals every year out of three locations—two in Brooklyn and another in Queens.
Chop Hunger: A Christian Ohio farmer and a half Japanese, half Mexican chef are coming together on the Upper West Side with several Kosher chefs from around the country to fight hunger. The fundraiser to benefit Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, which will take place at Lincoln Square Synagogue on September 21, will feature a live cooking competition with secret ingredients intended to push the limits of Kosher cooking. (Hint: in preparation for the event Masbia organized a Kosher slaughter of exotic Kosher birds which was featured in the New York Times on July 27, 2016.)
Katsuji Tanabe at Masbia. Facebook: Masbia Soup Kitchen Network By Sahar Zivan September 2, 2016 Chop Hunger, an upcoming culinary evening featuring a cook-off event modelled on the TV show "Chopped" promises to “push the limits of kosher cooking.” The event will include Farmer Lee Jones of Ohio and Mexican/Japanese kosher chef Katsuji Tanabe, and will take place at the Lincoln Square Synagogue on Amsterdam Avenue on September 21.
August 17, 2016 By Liza Schoenfein Courtesy of Masbia: The new Boro Park location, at New Utrecht Avenue and 54th Street, has yet to open. Alexander Rapaport and the people who depend on him for food are living on promises. The latest, yet to be delivered, is one of the key factors holding up the opening of his new soup kitchen in Boro Park. In the weeks leading up to the Forth of July, Rapaport, who is Masbia Soup Kitchen Network’s executive director, said the opening of the organization’s new location was imminent. “Not months, maybe not even weeks, maybe days,” he said then. “As soon as the place is basically set up — because we’re not going to play games with people’s lives.” Six weeks later, the site has yet to open and Rapaport finds himself in the middle of a complicated situation.
By MEGAN JULA JULY 27, 2016 Bentzion Zieda, a shochet, a Jewish slaughterer, demonstrated the kosher method of killing a bird on Tuesday to campers at Yagilu Wilderness in the Poconos. CreditSantiago Mejia/The New York Times LAKEWOOD, Pa. — In the woods here on Tuesday, campers stood in a line holding quails, feeling their warm bodies and beating hearts in their hands. “Guys, do not bond with your birds,” Hillie Ackerman, 16, a camper from Brooklyn, warned his friends. The birds were about to be slaughtered. One by one, the boys handed the quails to a shochet, a Jewish slaughterer, who took a knife, its sharpness tested earlier against his own fingernail, and sliced the birds’ necks.
Alexander Rapaport is the Executive Director of Masbia Soup Kitchen in New York City. The goal of Masbia's four kitchens is to serve hungry people free meals each day with a focus on dignity and respect. Masbia's mission is to eliminate the bureaucracy and red tape that is often associated with soup kitchens in order to provide an experience for their guests that makes them feel empowered and supported. Mr. Rapaport's presentation at our Roots Conference in 2014 delivered a powerful reminder to attendees that America's hunger crisis is real and also offered ideas for how to make a tangible difference in their own working lives. Lee Jones was so inspired by the work of Mr. Rapaport and the mission of Masbia that The Chef's Garden provides fresh vegetables to their soup kitchens in the hope that in some small way, our products will put a smile on the faces of the people Masbia serves. Alliances like this and the solidarity between The Chef's Garden and Masbia is what Roots is all about.