Forward: How I Hosted Shabbat in a Soup Kitchen

January 19, 2017 By Alexander Rapaport Courtesy of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network: Masbia Soup Kitchen Network’s new Boro Park location, set up for Shabbat.   This is the first in a series of essays submitted by our readers about their personal Shabbat experiences. Shabbat — the gatherings, the traditions and rituals, the food — is observed in such a wide variety of ways and we’re interested to read your recollections and stories. They might be about a particularly delicious dinner or dish (or a particularly awful one); a funny or challenging cooking or dining situation — it’s up to you. Click here to submit your essay. (Please put “Shabbat story” in the subject line.) On Friday noon, my kids — who came straight from school — and I began making the rounds to all the local Boro Park shops to prepare for Shabbos meals at Masbia Soup Kitchen Network’s new Boro Park location, where my family and I joined clients for dinner Friday night and lunch on Saturday. We are lucky because our site happens to be right in the center of Boro Park’s “Shabbos District” — if you would allow me to coin the term — right by the 55th Street station of the D train. So we have everything we need at our fingertips.
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JP Updates: Volunteers with Masbia Soup Kitchen Help the Needy During Hanukkah

by Menachem Rephun Volunteers with the Masbia soup kitchen dispensed meals to the needy this week despite their own financial hardship [JP Updates] Holiday meals were dispensed in Queens this week by Masbia, a nonprofit pantry and soup kitchen network, NY1 reported. The meals were dispensed outside the soup kitchen’s former location at 98-08 Queens Boulevard. Although Masbia lost its lease and was forced to close over the summer, volunteers still wanted to give hot meals to the needy.
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Jewish Press: Jewish Non-Profit Hands Out Hot kosher Holiday Meals

By: Jewish Press Staff Published: November 24th, 2016   Masbia kitchen volunteers Photo Credit: Screenshot Masbia (Heb: satisfy the hungry), a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, have been serving holiday meals this week on the street, outside their former home at 98-08 Queens Boulevard, in Rego Park, Queens, NY1 News reported Thursday.
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NY1: Masbia Soup Kitchen Serves Up Holiday Meals

By NY1 NewsWednesday, December 28, 2016 at 03:42 PM EST Masbia Soup Kitchen volunteers served up some holiday meals on the street in December. On Monday, the Jewish non-profit handed out hot kosher meals while outside their former home. The kosher meals were previously made at 98-08 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, before their lease ended.
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TheJewishWeek: Cook-offs for fun or charity are catching on in the wake of the TV series

12/07/16 Caroline Lagnado Food & Wine Editor Miami chef Asaf Hadad at recent “Chop Hunger” fundraising event. Photos by Nora Wesson/JW At the recent Chop Hunger event benefiting the Brooklyn-based Masbia soup kitchen network of three restaurants, Rabbi Avi Levy presided over three competing chefs and three judges, all professionals in the food industry. As emcee of a “Chopped” event, Levy’s job was to simultaneously run the competition and keep the event attendees interested and engaged.
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Great Neck Record: Chabad Moms Launch Circle Of Giving

By Tzivi Baumgarten Circle of Giving, a new program from Chabad of Great Neck, is the brainchild of a few Great Neck moms who wanted to give back to the community and bring awareness to their children about helping those less fortunate. The group’s motto is a quote from Pirkei Avot, “The world stands upon three things—upon Torah, upon divine service and upon acts of kindness.”
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TheJewishStar: Midreshet Shalhevet puts olam chesed yibaneh to work

Chazal tell us that olam chesed yibaneh (the world was built through chesed). Midreshet Shalhevet strongly believes that it is important to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. The school’s chesed program includes trips to local nursing homes, toy drives, tzedakah fundraisers, Tomchei Shabbos activities, pairing with special needs children, and more.  In honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, and with Chanukah upon us, Midreshet Shalhevet dedicated some class time to giving back. A schoolwide chesed trip took place, not only to emphasize the school’s commitment to chesed, but also to serve as an opportunity to further grade bonding.
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Jewish Press: Not Volunteering on Thanksgiving? Here Are 7 Ways to Help Feed the Needy Now

By: Jewish Press Staff Published: November 24th, 2016   Masbia Soup Kitchen Network activist Alexander Rapaport.Photo Credit: Facebook By Alexander Rapaport, of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network 1.As the person responsible for paying the bills for providing over 2,000,000 meals a year to needy New Yorkers, the best way to aid me and the thousands of volunteers help the people in need is by making a simple monetary online donation. Click here to find out how your donation becomes part of the 2,000,000 meals
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Forward: Mezuzah from a Million Meals

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.
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amNewYork: Brooklyn soup kitchens serving Thanksgiving meals: Where you can volunteer

Masbia's kosher kitchen in Midwood will serve food on Thanksgiving. (Credit: Masbia)   By Ivan Pereira and Nicholas Morales   ivan.pereira@amny.com November 21, 2016 Thanksgiving is going to be extra hard for tens of thousands of Brooklyn families this year. The number of borough residents who qualify as “food insecure,” meaning they lack access to enough food, rose from 467,340 in 2009 to 515,420 in 2014, leading the city, the Food Bank for New York City has found. More of those hungry New Yorkers are turning to help as four out of five city food pantries have seen an increase in clients, according to a study released Monday by the non-profit.
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