CAROLINE LAGNADO 12-12-2016 Cook-offs for fun or charity are catching on in the wake of the TV series. 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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
Masbia's kosher kitchen in Midwood will serve food on Thanksgiving. (Credit: Masbia) By Ivan Pereira and Nicholas Morales [email protected] 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.
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.