article appeared on Page One of the Feb. 21, 2014 Jewish Advocate
fisherman has Jewish hook
From sea to thee: Kosher Catch delivers fresh
Special to The
Ingber, seen here holding a tautog, is the founder and owner of
mission is simple,” said Jeffrey Ingber.
fish for fun.”
His hobby, however, is under the Rabbinic
Supervision of Rabbi Aaron Benjaminson of the Chabad of the South
Coast in North Dartmouth.
Ingber is the founder and owner of Kosher
Catch, which he bills as “New England’s Freshest Kosher Fish.”
He also serves as a captain with Adventure Charters, a Narragansett,
R.I.-based fishing tour company run by father and son Earl and Chris
Bell. Adventure Charters, whose boats are used to catch the fish,
sails from Jim’s Dock in Jerusalem, a Narragansett village on Point
Judith, located across the harbor from Galilee, which is named for
the biblical fishing community.
Each week, Ingber and his anglers deliver about
300 pounds of their bounty to individuals in local communities in
Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. “We
have customers in Sharon, Mass.; Providence, R.I.; and Barrington,
R.I., as well,” said Ingber, who last delivered in the area on Feb.
19, to a pickup point on Priscilla Road in Brighton.
of our cod, flounder, striped bass, bluefish and tuna are locally
caught between Rhode Island and southern Maine,” said Ingber, who
explained that it is caught by rod and reel, as opposed to large
dragnets, which can also inadvertently trap other ocean creatures and
fauna. His crew also hand-cuts each fish, either at sea or on land.
Other offerings are sent to them daily as they are caught. “Our
fresh sockeye salmon is flown in from Portland, Ore., along with our
red snapper, which comes in from Texas or Florida’s west coast,”
two flukes caught by Kosher Catch went from the ocean to the table in
less than 12 hours.
fisherman inAlaska, South Carolina and Georgia ship directly to them
as well. Nothing is wasted. “Any fish we catch that we cannot sell,
we either eat ourselves or donate the Rhode Island [Community Food
Bank],” he said.
A native ofBrooklyn, N.Y., who lives in
Providence with his wife and two children, Ingber was raised in a
Conservative Jewish household and is now Orthodox. “One [child] is
at Maimonides in Brookline, and the other goes to Ma’ayanot, an
all-girls’ Orthodox yeshiva in Teaneck [N.J.],” he explained.
Ingber enjoyed fishing as a kid in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay with
his uncle, Alan Stein. “I had a knack for it,” he said.
the perils of the business are well known. The Advocate asked Ingber
if he has been in any such danger. “We do not put anyone in harm’s
way,”he stressed.“I fish in the cold, the heat, and the rain.”
said wind is the most fearsome element. “But technology today
allows us to know ahead of time what the conditions out on the water
will be like,” he noted. “If we have to push off a delivery date
due to rough seas, that’s what we do.” Therefore, there is no
Noah-like situation or “Perfect Storm” for Kosher Catch.
fishing industry has been under increased regulation lately, and
Ingber follows it all.“I take it very seriously, regardless of the
species we fish for,” he said. “If the regulations state that
each angler can only keep six or eight fish, that’s what we do,”
he said, while adding that he sometimes will ask others with
commercial rod-andreel licenses to help them fill orders.
Advocate also asked about sustainable fishing, such as that proudly
promoted at stores like Whole Foods Market. “Most recreational and
commercial rod-and-reel fishermen, and I would call myself both, are
the only fishermen concerned about sustainability,” he replied.
“Commercial draggers scoop up everything in the ocean when
targeting a specific species, and kill what they do not want.This is
Ingber’s nephew Ari (right) is among those who have helped catch
fish for Kosher Catch.
fishermen, he explained, instead monitor themselves even more
strictly than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). “If they see
stocks lower than they anticipate, they often keep less fish than the
law allows,” he said. “It’s something that gives us great
Ingber was also asked about matters of the
palate. What about smoking fish, which is a big part of traditional
Jewish fare? “I have a client in New York named Sarena Kopciel, who
smokes almost all of the fish we sell to her – salmon, cod,
is one of many satisfied consumers. “After hearing so many reports
of all the pollutants in fish, I started to just avoid it
altogether,” said Chassi Rivkin of Morristown, N.J. “It was so
hard to get any wild, fresh fish nearby.” But through a Facebook
group, Rivkin learned about Ingber’s enterprise, and she began the
Morristown delivery. “The fish is so fresh and delicious, and I am
so happy that I am able to incorporate more fish into my diet,”she
fish comes packed in a plastic container, and Ingber stressed that
customers should not rinse it until just prior to cooking.
“Chlorinated water speeds up the spoiling process,” he explained,
“and we do not want that.”
who are curious for a taste of the action can have those needs met as
well. “We offer customers the opportunity to come fishing with us,
for a fee, and they can keep all the fish they catch,” said Ingber.
A group of Satmar Chasidim from New York did
just that this past summer. “We took them fishing 30 miles out of
Gloucester, so that they could study the cod to determine how a
parasite that is ingested by cod affects its flesh,” Ingber
explained. “It was quite a fun trip, with 30 fishermen and 10
Chasidim in full regalia onboard a fishing vessel.”
expedition side of the business is Adventure Charters. “Adventure
Charters are the actual boats we use to catch most of our fish,”
said Ingber. Other anglers who fish with him for Kosher Catch include
Dave Garzolli, chef Daren Bulley of Divine Providence Catering, Larry
Norin of Rock Spot Climbing (who was named the 2013 Rhode Island Salt
Water Anglers Association Angler of the Year) and Michael Forstadt,
who is president of Congregation Beth Shalom of Providence’s “BAIT
Midrash” fishing club.
addition to the business end and the mitzvah, Ingber said it remains,
essentially, a good sport and a great time.
are really recreational fisherman who turned a hobby into a business,
solely by chance,” he said.
obtain a monthly ordering guide or to book a trip.
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