NYT: Campers Receive a Hands-On Lesson in the Tradition of Kosher Slaughter

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.
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The Chef's Garden: Alexander Rapaport: Feeding the Hungry with Dignity and Respect

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. 
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Forward: Brooklyn Soup Kitchen to Serve Meals for the Hungry on Fine Hollywood China

June 30, 2016 by Liza Schoenfein Alexander Rapaport: Masbia chef Ruben Diaz (left) receiving the fine china from Tammy Carmona of Carmona New York. What do Brooklyn’s poorest residents have in common with the guests at Bella and Edward’s wedding in the popular vampire movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1? They could soon find themselves eating off the elegant dinnerware featured at the fictional wedding reception. Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, a project to alleviate hunger among New York’s poor, has been seeking donations of money and kitchen equipment as it prepares to open at a new location in the heavily Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood of Boro Park. Enter: Tammy Carmona, a party planner and creative whirlwind, who owns a Brooklyn-based tabletop company called Carmona New York. Carmona responded to Masbia’s plea on Facebook for almost 200 items it was still lacking for the new facility. “Talk to me about dishes,” Carmona messaged the group. Alexander Rapaport, Masbia’s executive director and co-founder (with Mordechai Mandelbaum), quickly got in touch, and a week later acquired 250 place settings of a pattern called Twilight, which Carmona designed for the vampire movie. She values her donation at more than $15,000. (Oprah Winfrey named Carmona dinnerware one of her favorite things of 2013.)
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The Jewish Press: Masbia To Reopen Facility In Boro Park with Crowdfunding Campaign

      Chef Ruben Diaz standing outside of the new Masbia facility in Boro Park Photo Credit: Masbia By: Jewish Press Staff Published: June 10th, 2016 Brooklyn, NY – June 7, 2016 — Renowned for their kosher soup kitchens that have served millions of meals to the hungry and the needy, Masbia will be reopening in Boro Park, this time with a centrally located facility that will enhance its services in many ways. Situated just one block from the Shomrei Shabbos 24 hour synagogue at 5402 New Utrecht Avenue, the new Masbia facility will continue to fulfill the mission begun by Alexander Rapaport and Mordechai Mandelbaum in 2005, serving nutritious, filling meals with the utmost dignity. Catering largely but not exclusively to the area’s significant Chasidic population, the soup kitchen will be open late hours to accommodate the lifestyle of area residents.
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JP Updates: Masbia Soup Kitchen Set to Open in Borough Park

June 6, 2016 by Menachem Rephun The Masbia soup kitchen will be reopening in Borough Park, now with a centrally located facility enhancing its services. The facility will be located a block from the Shomrei Shabbos 24-hour synagogue at 5402 New Utrecht Avenue and will cater largely but not exclusively to the area’s Chasidic population. “We have found that in the Chassidic community in general and in Boro Park in particular that people struggle with the decision of bringing their family for a meal, often not bringing themselves to it until the desperation peaks, which is usually at bedtime for their kids,” Alexander Rapaport, executive director of Masbia, said in a press release.
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NY Table: New York sits down to dinner

April 27th, 2016 By Gema Flores Ruben Diaz starts his day knowing that he has to feed nutritious meals to over 500 people,using donated food and following kosher dietary rules. Starting at nine in the morning, he puts in a 14-hour day, including his commute from Ozone Park, Queens, to Flatbush, Brooklyn. View the video HERE
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Rego Park food bank receives generous donations

By Mark Hallum April 22, 2016 The Masbia Soup Kitchen in Rego Park got some help from a realty firm last week. According to Alexander Rapaport, co-founder and executive director of the Masbia network of kosher soup kitchens and food pantries, Stanley Schuckman of Schuckman Realty held a coorporate volunteer day at the all-kosher facility. Not only did he provide the labor for the meal that night, he also distributed cash for everybody who dined in the kitchen that day.
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NY Blueprint- Farm To Seder: Finding Trendiness In Tradition

Soup kitchen provides thousands of families with kosher meals and this Passover, it’s going green Maya Klausner | Editor | 04/21/2016 For many people, putting dinner on the table for their own families can be stressful — Alexander Rapaport has to worry about thousands of them. Together with his co-founder, Mordechai Mandelbaum, the two men feed 500 families a night with their nonprofit soup kitchen network, Masbia.
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NY1 Reports Masbia Seeking Help to Feed Needy Families for Passover through the #CharosetDrive MasbiaSoupKitchens

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NY1: Brooklyn Soup Kitchen Works to Provide Passover Provisions

By Roger ClarkUpdated Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 12:45 PM EDT One Brooklyn soup kitchen is hard at work trying to put food on the table for city families celebrating Passover.  The Masbia Soup Kitchen in Midwood is churning out packaged meals for the Jewish holiday's start Friday evening.  Staples like potatoes, apples and walnuts are being bagged and boxed on their way to nearly 3,000 families across the five boroughs.  The company is working to send 270,000 meals out ahead of the holiday but they're doing so at more than $100,000 under their donation goal.  Alex Rapaport, the food drive's director, says they need all the help they can get.  "The challenge is enormous, just getting phone calls from someone with sick children or some seniors. I just picked up a call from yesterday from someone - the father has cancer, they can't put food on their plates. Just meeting that need, in the thousands, is what we're facing here," Rapaport explained. Each person will get 18 meals, or 6 days' worth of food, in their package.  The drive is named after Charoset, an apple and walnut dish traditionally served on the seder plate.  For more information, visit masbia.org.
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