JP Updates: Speaker Mark-Viverito Prepares Charoset Packages At Masbia Kitchen
April 7, 2014
By Jacob Kornbluh
Today, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined the train of elected officials riding to Masbia Kitchen ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover to volunteer in their widely reported ‘Charoset Drive.’ The speaker was joined by Council member David Greenfield, MET Council head David Frankel and Alex Rapaport, Executive Director of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network.
First, the speaker was joined by Chef Ruben Diaz, preparing a batch of charoset all by herself as the delegation looked on.
The Jewish Daily Forward: Columbian Gone Kosher
March 14, 2014
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Good News Network: Soup Kitchen Looks Like a Cafe, Offers a Side of Dignity
March 13, 2014
Enter Masbia`s front door and you will be greeted by a smiling host, who’ll then show you to your table. Moments later, an equally friendly server will offer you a hot and nutritious kosher meal, a fresh salad, and a beverage. The only difference between Masbia and other New York City restaurants comes at the end of each meal when there is no charge. That’s because Masbia—which means “to satiate” in Hebrew—is a soup kitchen for the hungry.Read more
Borough Buzz: More Jewish than most: a Colombian kosher chef
March 4, 2014
By Rachael Levy
FLATBUSH, BROOKLYN — Every morning, when Ruben Diaz arrives at the soup kitchen where he has worked as the head chef since January 2013, he is not allowed to turn on the oven.
“I feel strange,” Diaz said. “It’s a little bit hard.”
Diaz, the head chef at Masbia, the most robust kosher soup kitchen network in New York, is not Jewish and must wait for his supervisor to turn it on for him.
Truth Atlas: Masbia Kitchen Serves Dignity in New York
February 12, 2014
By Jeannette Josue
BROOKLYN, NY – Enter Masbia and you will immediately be greeted by a smiling host, who’ll then show you to your table. Moments later, an equally friendly server will offer you a hot and nutritious kosher meal, a fresh salad, and a beverage. The only difference between Masbia and other New York restaurants is that there is no tab to pick up or tip to pay at the end of each meal. That’s because Masbia—which means “to satiate” in Hebrew–is a very unique dining experience.Read more
New Tang Dynasty TV/Epoch Times: After Cuts to Food Stamps, Demand for Soup Kitchens Swells
November 28, 2013
By Matt Gnaizda, NTD Television
NEW YORK—The smoky-sweet scent of barbecue chicken fills the air inside Masbia, a restaurant-style food kitchen in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Chef Ruben Diaz is cooking enough chicken, plus soup and vegetables, to feed 460 hungry people for dinner on Wednesday.
Masbia in Flatbush and its other two locations are filling a need that is only getting bigger this year.
“I think we had a record number last Thursday,” said Masbia founder Alexander Rapaport.
Three months ago, his three food kitchens were serving between 1,000 and 1,500 people each month. Now, they’re feeding more than 5,000.
News 12 Brooklyn: Students from J-Teen Leadership volunteer at Masbia Soup Kitchen in Midwood
November 11, 2013
MIDWOOD - Students from J-Teen Leadership in Westchester spent the day volunteering at a soup kitchen in Midwood today.
The group of students is a teen-led Jewish social nonprofit and decided to go to Masiba Soup Kitchen after visiting the area following Sandy. They said they admired the soup kitchen`s dedication to the community.
Masiba serves dinner in a restaurant-style setting from Sunday to Thursday, feeding about 500 people each night.
The group also visited the Rockaways on Sunday to help paint and plaster three homes damaged by Sandy.
The group says volunteering on Veterans Day is the perfect way to honor those who have served.
NY Daily News: New York Jews get ready for Purim by doing charity
March 4, 2012
By Simone Weichselbaum
New York Jews getting ready for Purim skipped the costume parties Sunday to focus on giving back.
Doing extra charity is a must during the two-day celebration that begins Wednesday night and honors Queen Esther for saving the ancient Persian Jews from slaughter.
World War II vet Jerome Richard, 95, wanted the preschool in his Manhattan neighborhood to have its own Torah, so he shelled out more than $50,000 buying a three-foot handmade scroll.Read more
News12 Report: "Masbia Makes Sure No One Goes Hungry on Purim" MasbiaSoupKitchens
March 4, 2012
Today more than 100 students from Yeshiva University came to Masbia of Flatbush to volunteer their time and efforts to cleaning, chopping, and cooking vegetables for those in need during Purim.
The Jewish Star: Monday`s Miracle at Masbia
Brooklyn NY-December 30, 2011
By Yaakov Hawk
THE JEWISH STAR -- Masbia this past Monday night to be treated food, gifts and live music. Philanthropy for the Future, hostedthis incredible night at Masbia, helping Masbia feed almost double the amount of people that they usually feed at their Midwood location.Read more