Pomegranate, American Express
Cited for Helping Feed The Hungry
SILVER, the New York
Sate Assembly Speaker, is amazed how Pomegranate, the
ultramodern kosher supermarket in Brooklyn, has inspired so many
"My wife gets her Shabbos food there
every Friday," he told me.
Having made an impact on shoppers ó
with its valet parking, and aisles wide enough to navigate with
a golf cart, never mind shopping cart ó itís no wonder that the
storeís owner was one of four honorees recognized by Met
At its inaugural Food for Life
Campaign reception last week at the Museum of Jewish Heritage,
which raised $400,000, Met Councilís CEO William Rapfogel
handed a community award to Pomegranate owner Abraham Banda.
In introducing Banda, culinary maven
Arthur Schwartz told how amazed he was that Pomegranate
has "real chefs in the back cooking all the food. Even a sushi
chef! Sushi has replaced gefilte fish in the Jewish home."
Even though he said he doesnít keep
kosher, Schwartz was impressed with the freshness of the food.
"Every morning Banda goes through the store and cleans out the
prepared food and sends it to community groups to distribute to
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun presented Met Councilís Tikkun
Olam Award to Central Synagogue, represented by Kenneth
Heitner. A humanitarian award went to John Doherty
of Wolfpack Hospitality and former executive chef of the
Waldorf-Astoria where he fed countless presidents, diplomats and
In presenting a leadership award, in
the form of a massive silver tzedaka box, to Kenneth Chenault,
CEO of American Express, Sheldon Silver noted that the company
lost 11 employees on 9/11. "Within a year you were back in the
Lower East Side, where I am a lifelong resident" Silver said.
Chenault praised Met Council for being
a voice of the Jewish poor and providing food, housing and
counseling to 120,000 people every year.