Queens Jewish Community Council

Hungry For Jewish Donors

As poverty rates rise, City Harvest is struggling to attract funding for its growing kosher program.

09/27/2012
Staff Writer

Ion Shubernetskiy’s shirt is graying. His hair is thin; his blue sneakers are bargain-bin flimsy. But the 77-year-old Moldovan, a former factory worker, is comfortable cutting corners when it comes to his personal appearance.

“Hey, I buy what I can afford. I don’t go into Manhattan,” he jokes in Russian, through a translator. What he won’t sacrifice is his kashrut, or kosher diet. Keeping kosher under Communism was difficult and dangerous. He won’t stop now, although he lives on public assistance.

Cynthia Zalisky, head of a Queens community center, left, and an associate pack cartons with provisions. Michael Datikash"
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