Model Matzah Factory to re-enact pre-Passover experience


LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Dozens of children will participate in a hands-on pre-Passover experience as a Model Matzah Factory is set up for them in Lakewood Ranch.

The children will re-enact the process of manufacturing matzah from grinding the flour to kneading dough to baking matzahs on a stone oven -- all within 18 minutes, the time limit in which matzah must be made.

Chabad Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, director of the Chabad of Bradenton, will facilitate the interactive program.

The event is $5 per person and open to the general public. Reservations are needed.

Matzah produced at the Model Matzah Factory are not to be used on Passover. Actual Passover matzah needs to be manufactured in a highly controlled environment to ensure it does not become leavened.

The Model Matzah Factory will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 6, at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton.

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown Monday night, April 14, until after nightfall Tuesday, April 22. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. It will be celebrated with festive Seder dinners April 8-9.

Other holiday observances include restricting the consumption of leavened products such as bread and pasta, instead eating unleavened matzah.

Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch is an organization that provides social, educational, recreational and religious programming.

Information: Call Rabbi Mendy, 941-752-3030, ext. 3, email or go to

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