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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
JOY OF KOSHER SEP 18, 2016 Get your tickets to ChopHunger here!!! The Masbia Soup Kitchen Network feeds more than 2 million meals per year to those who would otherwise go hungry. They have 3 locations across New York and offer help to those in need while helping them maintain their dignity and respect. Masbia works hard to serve delicious meals despite the challenges of creating meals from ad hoc and often scarce ingredients. This week is your chance to learn more about Masbia and help them fight hunger.
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.)
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.