Parkland Children Celebrate Passover By Making Their Own Matzah
Dozens of children attended a Matzah-making event in Parkland. {Photo by Jill Fox}

By Jill Fox

While some are gathering their baskets and awaiting a visit from the Easter bunny, others are preparing for the holiday of Passover.

A bit less exciting, but just as meaningful, children in MiraLago met this week to learn about Passover with some hands-on baking. Rabbi Shmuly Gutnick from the Chabad Youth Network Of Florida brought his traveling matzah factory to teach young attendees how to make their own Matzah from start to finish.

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Randi, 8, grinds her wheat into flour. {Photo by Jill Fox}

“This time of year we see a few thousand kids,” said Rabbi Gutnick. “They love experiencing it live, going through the story, taking the wheat stalks, grinding their own flour, baking it, and eating their own matzah.”

From Hebrew schools to neighborhood clubhouses, the rabbi even visited young professionals with his mobile factory. 

“It doesn’t matter what age they are,” he said. “Everyone enjoys it because they’re learning and it’s hands-on.”

During Passover, much of the food is deeply symbolic. While matzah represents the unleavened bread the Jews ate while fleeing Egypt, Rabbi Gutnick explained that its flat shape also represents someone who is humble and kind. 

“At Passover, we try to do as many good deeds as we can to make the world a better place.”

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Jill Fox
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Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.
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