Brooklyn, NY – Elected officials, donors, and those in desperate need for a meal have joined Masbia and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) in opening Williamsburg’s first kosher soup kitchen – the Orenstein-Met Council Masbia Kitchen.
The grant opening was celebrated last week Thursday.
The Orenstein-Met Council Masbia Kitchen, located in the main part of Chassidic Williamsburg, has the capacity to serve over 50 individuals at a time, and boasts a beautiful decor including French doors and new wood flooring. Hot meals will be served twice daily – the food will be distributed from another kosher soup kitchen opening in Flatbush and reheated on-site.
Together, Masbia and Met Council are opening three kosher soup kitchens to serve the increasing need – besides Williamsburg, kitchens are set to open in Flatbush and Central Queens, areas with growing populations of Jewish poverty.
Present at the opening were, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymembers Vito Lopez and Joseph Lentol, and Councilmember-Elect Steve Levin. Alexander Rapaport of Masbia, William Rapfogel, CEO of Met Council, Rabbi David Niederman of UJO of Williamsburg, Malcolm Honeline, from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Henry and Susie Orenstein, the donors for which the kitchen is named, will lead the festivities.
Rabbi Niederman of UJO of Williamsburg noted, “As a result of the economic downturn, many in the Williamsburg Jewish community desperately need a kosher soup kitchen to get hot, nourishing meals. Fortunately, Met Council and Masbia are answering the call of those who need it the most.”