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Masbia: Reinventing the Soup Kitchen

A restaurant without a cash register.

The phrase “soup kitchen” doesn’t exactly ooze dining in comfort. Getting meals to the homeless or hungry is usually a bare-bones affair, involving the most inexpensive food and all the ambiance of a basement cafeteria.

But walking into one of the three soup kitchens run by Masbia in NY feels different. It’s part of the quintessentially Jewish way to give tzedaka: preserve the person’s dignity. The food is fresh and tasty, it looks like a restaurant, and it is – one where nobody has to pick up the check themselves.

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Published: March 29, 2014

You can find more about Masbia Soup Kitchen Network at

Visitor Comments: 6

(5) Anonymous, April 29, 2014 8:59 PM

Mi k'amcha yisrael! Who is like Your nation Israel?? May Hashem shower you with bracha and mazel for the incredible tikkun olam that you are accomplishing. Makes me proud to be a Jew.

(4) Lisa, April 8, 2014 2:56 AM


The dedication that Mr. Rapaport has is amazing! His name is not in neon lites nor is there a dinner in his honor, in fact it seems it's the opposite .....he gives the dinner!!
This is the definition of pure chessed & tzedaka.
Yasher Koach to him & his crew!

(3) Molly, April 7, 2014 3:13 PM

Isaiah 58 in action !!! God Bless you. Would love to start one in my city.

I love soup kitchens . It's very practical help for the needy. Thanks for the element of dignity of serving at a restaurant with no cash register!! Truly a God idea.

(2) Stephanie, April 7, 2014 12:49 AM


Where to I go to give tzedakah to this organization!? Every major city should have something like this!!

Lisa, April 8, 2014 2:57 AM


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