Jersey City…A year has passed since terror and mayhem struck a small kosher supermarket in this small Chasidic enclave. Moishe Ferencz, the owner, lost his wife Mindy along with customer Moshe Deutsch, Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals, and employee Douglas Rodrigues. The Olive Branch Kosher market reopened before Passover thanks to a massive effort of the kosher community and other Jewish resources which encompassed construction, shelving and refrigeration, the massive effort was coordinated by Joseph Brachfeld of the Evergreen kosher supermarket network but included almost all the other major kosher supermarkets.
When it reopened, praise for the effort came from a variety of circles. “We are proud to see this market up and running,” Mayor Steve Fulop. “This is a bittersweet moment as we still mourn the loss of lives that led to this.” There is an unspoken camaraderie and brotherly relationship in the kosher community which says that “when one of us is hurting, we are all in this together,” said an anonymous executive who said he was a major donor of product to the reopened supermarket.