Wednesday, April 08, 2020

With the approach of Passover, holiday preparation, shopping and cleaning are in full swing. This year, children will play a special role in ushering in the holiday with the Model Matzah Bakery. Dozens of local children will participate in a hands-on pre-Passover experience on Sunday, April 2, at Chabad of Riverdale.

This unique event brings children together for a hands-on, exciting educational journey exploring the history and significance of Passover and matzah. The children will re-enact the process of manufacturing matzah, from grinding the flour to kneading the dough, to baking the matzahs on a stone oven, all within 18 minutes, the time limit in which matzah must be made.

The eating of the matzah is one of the most fundamental observances of this holiday. The matzah commemorates the haste in which the Israelites left Egypt, not allowing enough time for their dough to rise, resulting in the unleavened matzah.

“The matzah makery provides children with a very fun experience but also helps develop a profound appreciation for the holiday,” said Rabbi Levi Y. Shemtov, Spiritual Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale. “Today, more than ever, parents appreciate opportunities like this to share their Jewish heritage and tradition with the next generation. Essentially that is what Chabad is all about—to provide an exciting yet meaningful Jewish education.”

The Model Matzah Bakery will be held on Sunday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, 535 West 246th Street, Riverdale, NY 10471.

What Is the Holiday of Passover?

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Monday night, April 10, until after nightfall on Tuesday, April 18. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and will be celebrated with festive “seder” dinners on April 10 and 11. If you would like to host or be hosted for a seder meal, please call our office at 718-549-1100 ext. 10.

Holiday observances include forbidding the consumption of leavened products such as bread and pasta, instead eating unleavened matzah. You can sell your chametz through Chabad of Riverdale before Sunday, April 9, at 4 p.m. Please visit to fill out the form and submit to our office. Additional information about the Passover holiday, including our schedule of services, is available at

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