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Not Volunteering on Thanksgiving? Here Are 7 Ways to Help Feed the Needy Now

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

By Alexander Rapaport, of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network

1. FoodAs 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.

2. Amazon SmileIn addition to your donation, you can get Amazon to donate to us as well, at zero cost to you. Before you do any holiday shopping, sign up with Amazon Smile and 0.5% of what you order on Amazon will be donated to Masbia. Please sign up today even if you are not planning to shop right now.

3.Chef Ruben DIaz While you do your holiday shopping, you might want to consider Masbia’s Chef Ruben Diaz on your gift shopping list. Commercial restaurants constantly need to replenish equipment. Our kitchens are heavily used to create over 2,000,000 meals every year which creates enormous wear and tear. Here is our Chef’s equipment wishlist. Check it out. A friend of mine created a special website, called MyFiki, to promote Amazon wishlist donations. Click here to find our wishlist on MyFiki. Let me know which one you find more user friendly

4. Shabbat Challah CoverFor the first time since we have been around for over 10 years, we will start having Shabbat meals at the newly reopened Masbia Boro Park. I have created a separate Amazon wish list for the items needed to be able to serve people with dignity on Shabbat and throughout the week. Click here to check it out on Amazon. Click here for the same list via MyFiki.

5. Olive Oil GiftSpeaking about gifts, Masbia’s website has its own store. We are now offering high-end, farm to table extra virgin olive oil that will be shipped from the farm in Oregon to anyone who makes a donation of $200. For a donation of $1,000, you will receive all 5 different breeds of olives. That will for sure make the most braggable olive oil you ever had or gifted to a friend. Check it out over here. Don’t forget, Chanukah is coming up.

6. Mezuza caseRe-purposing old furniture is very chic these days. I am sure you will agree that the most highly regarded piece of wood would be from a table that fed thousands of charity meals to the needy. The Talmud likens that table to the altar of the Temple. Imagine having a mezuzah on steroids where the covenant with God is not only that you put a parchment of Shema on your doorpost, but the case is made out of Masbia tables. This very limited edition of mezuzah cases. carved by artist Alex Aronov. was added to our store today. For a donation of $3,600, we will send you one of those. Check out the store.

7. Masbia Soup Kitchen NetworkThe hardest one to mention here is this one. Masbia of Queens is currently homeless. Instead of feeding people in a restaurant style setting, our staff and volunteers hang around in front of our boarded up, used to be facility to hand out heat meals to-go. Renovation of our new facility has stalled due to lack of finances. We have put together a dedication campaign to help us raise the funds needed to continue renovating and operating our soon to be Forest Hills facility. Options start at $25 a month to $180,000 for location naming rights. Click here to see the campaign.

Thank you so much for the long read and for helping us out.

Jewish Press Staff

Masbia To Reopen Facility In Boro Park with Crowdfunding Campaign

Friday, 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.

“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,” said Alexander Rapaport, executive director of Masbia. “Unlike our site on Queens Boulevard, where we serve many senior citizens, we have found that we need to have an early dinner since our clients want to get home before dark, but in Boro Park it is exactly the opposite, with many people going back and forth on whether or not they should accept help or not.”

In its new spacious Boro Park facility, Masbia will offer client choice raw groceries to take home, allowing clients to choose the foods that most appeal to them from a huge display area set up in a dedicated portion of the soup kitchen.

“We serve full meals in grocery form,” explained Rapaport. “There are those who would rather cook the food themselves and some who prefer to be eating in their own kitchens. We prepare groceries so that every member of the family will have food for three meals for three days. Our goal is no matter how people choose to have their meals, that we make it a pleasant and easy experience.”

Rapaport said that the Boro Park Masbia branch will be open for Shabbos and holiday meals and will have the ability to seat 40 clients at any one time.

Masbia needs help to outfit the new facility and is reaching out to the public for help in financing this new endeavor in a variety of ways. Dedication opportunities are available in all amounts, giving generous souls the ability to sponsor one of Masbia’s ten tables, the naming rights for the soup kitchen and even a beautification project to enhance the dining experience for clients and provide them with a greater sense of dignity.

Contributions can be made via an innovative online dedication chart on Masbia’s website, through conventional installments or by starting crowdfunding campaigns, the latest trend in charitable fundraisers.

“If someone knew that their Zaidy was renowned for always inviting people to dine with him, what greater way could there be to honor his memory than by starting a crowdfunding campaign, allowing so many other family members and acquaintances to join in and make a contribution in his honor to secure a coveted dedication option in his honor?” noted Rapaport. “Those small donations add up quickly and could make a huge difference in the lives of the needy.”

Heavy duty equipment, light fixtures, refrigeration system, and more are pending delivery depending on our ability to raise the funds to pay for them. In order to receive those deliveries, we urgently need the cash flow to make the renovations complete.

Rapaport is confident that the public will step forward and help get the ball rolling so that Masbia can once again open its doors in Boro Park, the site of its very first soup kitchen of its current network of three.

“We are ready to go,” said Rapaport. “We just need the funding.”

To find out more about Masbia or to make a donation visit them online at www.masbiaboropark.org/capacitycampaign

Jewish Press Staff

Generosity Satisfies Body and Soul in Tiberias’s Meir Panim Free Restaurant

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Meir Panim Free Restaurant located near the Sea of Galilee shores in Tiberias, Israel is a touching tribute to a special couple. Dedicated by Mrs. Lee Steinberg nearly thirteen years ago in memory of her parents, Eva and Morris Fish, this restaurant style soup kitchen satisfies both the body and soul of its patrons and staff alike.

As one of six Meir Panim Free Restaurants in Israel, this one was established by Mrs. Steinberg in recognition of her late husband’s love for the area. “On our last trip to Israel together, Harold especially liked Tiberias,” Steinberg reflected.

Mrs. Steinberg also noted that her late parents supported the early Zionist efforts of their family members. “Called Palestine then, my father’s cousins [The Baum family of Fort Wayne, Indiana] were among the early pioneers and visionaries who helped to establish the first agricultural school for girls in Israel.”

The early pioneers recognized that building a successful state for the Jewish people required self-sufficiency in all areas, especially by providing food for the masses.

In that light, Meir Panim works to ensure that needy families receive sustenance in a respectful and caring environment. As Dudi Roth, President of American Friends of Meir Panim noted during a recent visit to the Tiberias restaurant, “The great Rabbi Maimonides [Rambam] is buried just a few blocks from here. He taught that the highest form of charity is to help people in a dignified manner. Meir Panim strives to provide proper meals and kind words to help strengthen those who need it most.”

About one hundred and sixty hot, nutritious meals are served daily in this location. Patrons range from holocaust survivors to younger people who have been hit by hard times. “Beyond the good food,” shared Meir Harvard, an immigrant from South Africa who eats at the restaurant almost every day, “this place is like a home for me. The staff here even helps me navigate the Israeli bureaucracy.”

Not only are patrons served a fresh, delicious meal, they may also pack food to bring home. Additionally, through Meals-on-Wheels, over sixty special packages are delivered to the homebound daily. Before holidays and Shabbat, the restaurant donates extra food and packaged meals to the needy.

According to Shmuel Levy, the logistics manager for Meir Panim, patrons and volunteers all benefit from the unique free restaurant model for helping others. He reiterated that a pensioner volunteer who has worked at the restaurant for over four years likes to say that volunteering is better for his health than any medicine.

Not only has Mrs. Steinberg’s philanthropy sustained the Meir Panim Tiberias Free Restaurant, she is also a strong supporter of the Mortimer Zuckerman and Abigail Zuckerman Israel Nutrition Center, soon to open in Kiryat Gat, which will provide hot meals to hungry people throughout Israel. “I am looking forward to the opening of this revolutionary new facility which will further broaden the wide range of food and outreach programs of Meir Panim,” she shared.

Thanks to the open heart and thoughtfulness of Mrs. Lee Steinberg and the Meir Panim staff, many people not only feel physically satisfied but are emotionally comforted as well.

Jewish Press Staff

Glatt Kosher Company Donates $10,000 in Hotdogs to Soup Kitchen

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Abeles & Heymann, LLC. The premier manufacture of Glatt Kosher Hotdogs has begun its donation campaign in conjunction with Masbia. Over the next four weeks, Abeles & Heymann will donate $10,000.00 worth of hotdogs to Masbia Soup Kitchen.

Masbia soup kitchen network serves hot dinners five nights a week out of three locations in New York City in addition to distributing once a week take-home grocery packages. Last year Masbia served close to 500,000 meals to hungry men, women and children. Masbia opened its doors in 2005, with the prime objective of offering nourishing nutritious meals with dignity to those in need.

“It is not every day that we are able to offer donated Kosher meat in our take-home grocery packages,” said Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of Masbia. “Donations of Kosher meat are hard to come by and we are very grateful to Abeles & Heymann for being able to offer meat to our clients over the next few weeks.”

Seth Leavitt, co-owner of Abeles & Heymann, said, “We are proud that, as we enter our 60th year of business, we are able to make a donation to such a worthy cause.”

Founded in 1954 in the Bronx, NY, by Oscar Abeles and his Nephew Leopold Heymann, Abeles & Heymann has been dedicated to producing the most delectable, premium quality gourmet kosher hot dogs and provisions for almost 60 years.

The founding family’s high standards for quality and authenticity, and its mission, to provide the finest kosher deli products, continue to this day.

Abeles & Heymann’s award winning products are available coast to coast, and sold at Costco, Fairway, Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Pathmark and most kosher supermarkets throughout the U.S.

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