#### New York (Brooklyn), NY -- Thursday, July 27, 2017 -- Masbia Soup Kitchen Network received a huge delivery of Kosher fish from Banner Smoked Fish to feed the hungry with dignity at the restaurant-style soup kitchen and food pantry. "Kosher protein is always a challenge for us", said Alexander Rapaport, ED of Masbia. "And on the nine-days of mourning, that challenge is even greater, since beef and poultry is not an option." The first nine days of the Hebrew month of Av are halachically restricted from consuming meat and wine in commemoration and mourning of the destruction of the first and second temple that happened on the ninth day of Av, which falls this year on Tuesday, August 1st.
By Ben Hartman April 7, 2017 3:36pm From right to left, Alexander Rapaport, co-founder of the Masbia Soup Kitchen, with Yisroel Bass, director of the Yiddish Farm, and an employee of Organic Circle, an all-kosher organic supermarket in Brooklyn, with organic horseradish for the seder. (Courtesy of Masbia) This story is sponsored by Masbia. NEW YORK — It’s not easy making Passover seder. There’s the cleaning, the cooking, the logistical and emotional challenges of hosting guests. Then there’s the cost. For some, the challenges are insurmountable. That’s why Masbia — a soup kitchen in Borough Park, Brooklyn, meant to resemble a restaurant experience — decided this year that for the first time it will open on Passover to host the seders. This despite the challenges of making the facility kosher for Passover and finding volunteers willing to give up the holiday with their own families to help staff seders for the needy. The idea is to give guests not just a warm seder meal but a warm embrace.
A view of the Masbia food kitchen on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn. (Courtesy of Masbia) 1. As the person responsible for paying the bills at Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, providing over 2,000,000 meals a year, the best way to assist me and the thousands of volunteers who feed the people in need is by making a simple monetary online donation. To find out how your donation becomes part of the 2,000,000 meals, click here.
A soup kitchen network in New York City is taking its cues from some of the most watched food shows on cable television with a benefit event that will feature both a live celebrity cooking competition as well as a buffet laden with the real life food challenges that are all in a day’s work for chefs at the group of free eateries that feed needy New Yorkers on a nightly basis.