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Shmurah matzah. Credit: Chabad.org.

The Story Behind The Matzo Project

BROOKLYN, New York — I dreamt up the idea to make artisanal matzo way back in 1995, for Brett Kelly, my next door neighbor in my rent-stabilized, West Village apartment building. Her parents were...
Members of the Bnei Menashe community in India make matzah prior to Passover, March 2021. Credit: Samuel Suantak, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Lost tribe of Bnei Menashe in northeast India prepares Passover matzah

The Bnei Menashe community in the remote northeastern Indian state of Manipur began preparing for Passover earlier this week, including by baking matzah at the Shavei Israel Hebrew Center in Churachandpur. The Bnei Menashe, or sons of...
Shmurah matzah. Credit: Chabad.org.

Pesach basics: ‘Alef-bet’ on how to prep a seder at home

The Jewish holiday of Passover—the celebration of Jewish freedom—is traditionally spent with family and friends. But with the coronavirus curtailing travel plans and social interactions, many are facing the prospect of celebrating Passover alone. “It...
More than 30,000 boxes of matzah will be delivered by JDC volunteers to the Jewish elderly in the former Soviet Union during the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, March 2021. Credit: JDC.

JDC offers annual Passover food packages, educational activities via Zoom

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is reaching widening global audiences this Passover with hundreds of online events, holiday content and its century-old tradition of delivering matzah to Jews in need. While in-person activities...
JDC volunteers safely deliver matzah to elderly Jews in locations around the former Soviet Union, including in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, home to the country's largest Jewish community, April 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

JDC deploys digital Passover resources to connect global Jewish communities

To connect the global Jewish community for its first Passover in the age of social distancing, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, is deploying special online and digital holiday tools to help...
Workers prepare matzah, traditional unleavened bread eaten during the eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover, at the Aviv matzah plant in Bnei Brak on April 14, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Nineteen ways you know it’s Passover in Israel

If you’ve never heard an Arab calling out alter zachen (“old things”) in Yiddish, then you’ve never experienced pre-Passover preparations in Jerusalem. It’s part of the clean-up mania that grips the city in the run-up to...