I love stories like this, even if the Mainstream Press rarely seems to cover them…
The press and the Right Wing Fundamentalists much prefer stories where people of different religions are at war and don’t cooperate to those about the times people of different beliefs do work together.
And the “religious leaders” then wonder why so many people now only have a negative image of any religion….
From The Huffington Post:
A 91-year-old New York Jewish bagel shop about to go under was saved by two former Muslim cab drivers who vowed to keep it kosher.
Coney Island Bialys and Bagels was set to close its doors in September, with longtime owner Steve Ross citing a bad economy as the culprit, the Jewish Daily Forward first reported.
But Peerzada Shah and Zafaryab Ali couldn’t let that happen, so the two former New York cab drivers and one-time roommates bought the store together.
Ali had worked at the shop for about 10 years and didn’t want to see the iconic neighborhood store shut down. Shah went to culinary school in Manhattan and was knowledgeable about ovens and baking equipment, the Jewish Daily explains. Both men immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan.
Ross’ grandfather, Morris Rosenzweig immigrated from Poland and opened the shop in 1920.
Some might wonder whether the “geopolitics that divide Muslims and Jews” pose a problem, but all three men say it doesn’t factor in anywhere.
“It doesn’t matter,” Ali told the New York Daily News. “I make the food for everyone.”
A longtime customer also told WPIX he didn’t have any issues with the religion of the two men.
The new business partners are renovating certain parts of the shop, but plan to use the same recipes, equipment and the kosher menu, MSNBC points out.
Joseph Jackson has worked at the shop for 30 years and decided to stay with the new owners.
“The two men are very, very good-natured, well-intentioned and just good people,” Jackson told MSNBC. “They want to keep the bakery kosher and I want to help them succeed.”