January 20, 2021

Joseph Folger, Owner of Iconic Beigel’s Bakery, Passes Away at 70

Brooklyn…Joseph Folger, an owner of Beigel’s Bakery, was a fixture at Kosherfest. With his charm and grace, he displayed Beigel’s amazing line of breads, challah and pastries. Mr. Folger, a resident of Boro Park, was one of the owners of Beigel’s Bakery, which is now in Canarsie, after successively growing out of previous locations in Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.     In 1934, the Beigel family opened its small bake shop called Beigel’s Bakery in Krakow, Poland. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, at great personal risk and without taking payment, the Beigels used their fresh bread to feed hunger-starved Jews.

Mr. Folger helped expand Beigel’s Bakery from a small bake shop on the Lower East Side to an ever-expanding brand that is now sold in most kosher grocery stores, Costco, Sam’s Club, Kroger’s, many airlines, many healthcare facilities, and many schools. Beigel’s produces hundreds of baked goods daily, from its signature challah bread to Black and White Cookies, Rugelach, cakes, pies and countless pastries; however, the family-run company is still baking with the quality and care that’s found in a mom-and-pop operation. He will be sorely missed.