New Tang Dynasty TV/Epoch Times: Masbia Soup Kitchen Prepares Kosher for Passover Food Bundles

犹太人逾越节 纽约一厨房准备特殊食物April 1, 2014 By Holly KellumNEW YORK–Masbia Soup Kitchen in New York City is preparing for the Jewish holiday Passover by handing out emergency food packages of kosher Passover food.Last year Masbia handed out just under 1,000 Passover food packages. This year they are set to hand out 2,500.
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VIN News: New York - Soup Kitchen Opens Toll Free Number For Those In Need Of Assistance During Passover

Monday, March 31, 2014By Mitch SternNew York - Masbia Soup Kitchen Network has announced a toll-free number for kosher-for-Passover food packages for NYC residents in need.Those in need of a kosher-for-Passover food package can call 1-855-PESACH-FOOD 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 4 and Monday, April 7 to register. Callers will receive a confirmation number and distribution location.
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JP Updates: Masbia Opens Citywide Registration for Kosher-for-Passover Emergency Food Packages

Monday, March 31, 2014By JP NewsroomJust in time for Passover, Masbia Soup Kitchen Network announced Monday morning a toll-free number for kosher-for-Passover food packages in response to increased demand from New Yorkers in need. Including seder staples, such as eggs, chicken, apples, walnuts, almonds, potatoes and more, the special packages will be available in Boro Park, Flatbush/Midwood, Rego Park and Manhattan on Thursday, April 10.“Families already have difficulty being able to put enough food on the table for daily meals, the added strain of Passover and children being home from school may be too much for many,” stated Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network. “Masbia’s annual Passover food package distribution and Charoset Drive was created to help those families in need that want to celebrate a complete Pesach seder, while supplying enough food to last beyond the seder for the entire the Passover holiday.”
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Queens Chronicle: Hot meals help at Flushing’s Pomonok buildings

While stove gas is off, tenants must cope for an estimated 60 daysMarch 27, 2014By Liz Rhoades Residents living in the four Pomonok Houses buildings without cooking gas got an unexpected surprise when a Brooklyn van pulled up last week with a hot meal for all.Up to 1,000 residents in 259 apartments had their stoves turned off two weeks ago after a defective gas line was discovered. Tenants were given two-burner hot plates by the New York City Housing Authority, which runs the 35-building complex in Flushing.Monica Corbett, president of the Pomonok Residents Association, said a Masbia van served a full meal, both kosher and non-kosher. “It was well-balanced and delicious,” Corbett said, “and all free.”
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NY Daily News: Soup kitchen serves NYCHA tenants free meals after gas leak

March 23 2014By TOBIAS SALINGER The gas may be out, but at least they’re not starving.Queens soup kitchen Masbia is giving a ladle up to the New York City Housing Authority residents who lost their gas at the Pomonok Houses in Flushing earlier this month.Teams of volunteers will serve free meals to all comers every Wednesday at the crumbling NYCHA development’s community center after tenants and NYCHA officials cried out for help.
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Jew in the City: The Hasidic Jew Who Feeds All People With Dignity

March 20, 2014By ALLISON JOSEPHS On the way to a speaking engagement in New Orleans this week, I found myself seated next to a woman with pink hair and lots of tattoos and piercings. We got to talking along the way. (I have this thing for speaking to people that end up next to me on planes as I believe our seat assignment is pre-ordained so that we can learn something from one another. Also, I’m just generally chatty!)This time was no different: I found out that this woman lives in Brooklyn, right on the edge of the Hasidic community. From the alternative way that she was dressed, my guess was that she was one of those open-minded, accepting-of-all-types kind of gals. Yet when the topic of Hasidim came up, she straight out told me, “If I see a Hasidic man on the street, I’ll cross over to the other side to get away.” She explained, “I know it sounds racist, but I’m just scared of them.”
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People Magazine: The Restaurant with No Cash Register: A New Experiment in Feeding the Hungry

Posted March 17, 2014By Veronique Greenwood and Jacob Templin for NationSwell This article was originally published by NationSwell, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of innovative Americans who are working to effect social change and move the country forward.Fresh, locally sourced food? Check. Art on the walls? Check. Helping New York`s hungry? Check.The phrase “soup kitchen” doesn’t exactly ooze comfort. Getting meals to the homeless or hungry is usually a bare-bones affair, involving the most inexpensive food and all the ambiance of a basement cafeteria.
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New Tang Dynasty TV/Epoch Times: Masbia Kicks Off Donation Drive to Feed Hungry New Yorkers

March 14-16, 2014 By Yi Yang, NTD TelevisionNEW YORK—Many Borough Park, Brooklyn residents saw a horse trotting along the streets. Leading the horse was Alexander Rapaport, executive director of Masbia Soup Kitchen. He and other Masbia staff members toured the neighborhood on March 14 and collected donations in anticipation of Purim, a Jewish holiday celebrating an escape from persecution. It is also a time for giving.Borrowing from the story of the Triumph of Mordecai in the book of Esther, Rapaport hoped that the horse would inspire people in the community to “throw charity” at it. 
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Brooklyn News Corp: Live Horses and Bikes Bring Triumph of Mordechai to Brooklyn’s Poor

March 14, 2014 As a reminder of the Triumph of Mordecai, part of the story from the Book of Esther for Purim, horses and bicycles will take the streets of Boro Park for Masbia Soup Kitchen Network`s “ככה יעשה…” Purim Drive. Roughly translated as “This is how you should do it,” these simple words are a reminder of Masbia’s mission to serve those in need with dignity and respect and serve as a call to action for all of us.
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The Jewish Daily Forward: Colombian Goes Kosher

March 14, 2014 A video by Rachael Levy   
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