America’s Proudest Shabbos Goys?

17 Mar 2016

The JTA has this lovely story about several shop-owners in Kew Garden Hills, NY, who are known happily as Shabbos Goys.

For Samir Patel, the term “goy” is no slur. It’s a point of pride.

Patel is a manager of Suhag Wine & Liquors, a family-owned business in the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, in Queens. He’s a Hindu immigrant from India, but the vast majority of his customers are religious Jews, and nearly all the wine and spirits he sells are kosher.

Saturday is the store’s slowest day for sales, but there’s another service Patel provides that makes him indispensable: He’s a Shabbos goy. He even has a sign on the door advertising that fact.

Read more here.

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