Kosher soup kitchens to open in NYC

November 17, 2009 3:43:56 PM PST
Three kosher soup kitchens are opening in New York City in the coming weeks. The're called Masbia means "satiate" in Hebrew.

They'll be located in the Midwood and Williamsburg neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and the Rego Park area of Queens. There's already a "Masbia" in Brooklyn's Borough Park neighborhood.

The Midwood location once housed an upscale restaurant.

Organizers say that even as soup kitchens they'll offer Orthodox Jews with a fine dining experience complete with five-course dinners and waiter service. Dividers will provide privacy.

Jewish leaders say they've seen increases in hunger and poverty in their communities.