In the spirit of bridge-building, Hasidic Jews, African-Americans and others came together to volunteer for local communities and for Puerto Rico on Martin Luther King Day.
Inspired by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., volunteers from very diverse backgrounds, elected officials and law enforcement officers joined forces at a kosher food pantry in a show of unity in response to recent events. Volunteers re-stocked the shelves at Masbia of Boro Park with emergency food and launched a virtual emergency supplies drive to send relief directly to Puerto Rico earthquake victims via an Amazon wishlist. It was a show of neighborliness and relationship building demonstrating to the world that Hasidic communities and other minority communities are natural allies in building an inclusive, diverse democratic society.
“The Masbia Puerto Rico Amazon wishlist was proven extremely effective in 2017 during Hurricane Maria. Using this method, we were able to circumvent the gridlock at the shipyards and warehouses, sending supplies directly from the vendor straight to the charity doing the distribution work on the ground. In recent days, we saw an increase in organic visitors to the Masbia.org/PuertoRico page, so we decided to use Martin Luther King Day to relaunch the wishlist of critically needed items for people who are suffering in Puerto Rico”, said Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network.
Aron Weider – Rockland County Legislator – Master of Ceremonies
Felix Ortiz – NYS Assemblyman
Simcha Eichenstein – NYS Assemblyman
Kalman Yeger – NYC Councilman
Denise Ridley – Jersey City Councilwoman
Pastor Gil Monrose – Mt. Zion Church of God
Jonah Boyarin – NYC Human Rights Commission
Avi Greenstein – Boro Park JCC
Chezki Deutsch – Jersey City
Chef Ruben Diaz – Masbia
Joseph Rapaport – Boro Park
Pastor Bryan Johnson
Chany Rosen – Cavalry Associates
Deputy Chief Charles Scholl – NYPD
Jon Wright – 66th Precinct NYPD
Cody Fortunato – 66th Precinct NYPD
Minister John Williams – New Creation Ministry
Rabbi Baruch Yehuda – Cong. Bnai Adath
Joel Eisdorfer – Community Liason
Laura Allen – Masbia Volunteer Coordinator