Pictured above: Israeli students dig into the activity at hand: making matzah at the historic matzah bakery in Kfar Chabad, founded in 1950. Thousands of people of all ages from throughout the country visit in the weeks before Passover, which this year begins on the night of Monday, April 10. (Photo courtesy of the Kfar Chabad bakery)
It’s prime time for field trips: Thousands of schoolchildren have been visiting the matzah bakery in Kfar Chabad, Israel, in the weeks before Passover to experience rolling and baking matzah with equipment similar to that used by professionals.
While in the village, the kids also tour the replica of 770 Eastern Parkway with their teachers in tow. They get to see the study of the Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—and take time for prayer in the synagogue, just like they would in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
The Kfar Chabad bakery, with its workers inside churning out round shmurah matzahs, was founded in 1950. It has been added to over the years and its machinery improved, and now serves as an educational center in addition to its primary function of supplying kosher matzahs.
Similar model matzah bakeries (led by rabbis who haul special ovens to schools, synagogues and community centers) bring the experience to Jewish children (and children at heart) all over the globe.
This year, an estimated 4 million hand-baked shmurah matzahs will be distributed by Chabad to Jews worldwide for use at the Passover seder. The eight-day holiday begins the night of Monday, April 10 and lasts through the night of Tuesday, April 18.