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Ruby the Knishman



Ruby the Knishman ©
Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
June 17, 2021

Oh how I do wish
For a Ruby’s knish
Be it Kasha or tater
No one did it any greater
Hot knishes he’d serve
With finesse, class and verve
Blackened fingernails added flavor
We indulged and we did savor
The wonderful, sumptuous and elegant taste
Not a single crumb ever went to waste
That was indeed a wonderful time
When Ruby’s knishes were better than wine
Now we think back on those glorious days
How we relished those treats,
Enjoyed by us all in so many ways
Days of knishes so fine and so grand
And how cherished Ruby’s knishes were
In dear sweet Canarsie-land

About this poem

Back in my old hometown of Canarsie Brooklyn, we had a wonderful character, Ruby, who sold Knishes from an old push-cart back in the 1950s and 60s. This pays homage to him.

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Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed. has spent a lifetime supporting vulnerable families and children. He began his career working with children with and without disabilities in an inclusive Head Start program in Brooklyn NY. He then transitioned to become the Special Needs and Early Childhood Coordinator for the Brooklyn Children's Museum for 10 years. His passion for advocacy grew as he worked more and more with parents of children with disabilities. For over 24 years he passionately advocated for the needs of these parents as the Social Services and Training Director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. in NYC. The last 8 years of his working life, Mr. Shulman served as a private Special Needs Consultant conducting hundreds of training sessions throughout NYC and beyond to help parents and professionals find and access the services and systems required to facilitate maximizing the potential of their children with disabilities. Now Mr. Shulman is happily retired in Palm Springs CA, but still volunteers his time any way he can to provide information to those in need of his expertise. Today, Gary enjoys sharing his poetry that he passionately writes with the goal of leaving this world a better place one word at a time. more…

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