The Chabad Center in Natick is pleased to present the annual Model Matzah Bakery and Passover Experience
Come and bake your own Matzah!

An Event For the Entire Family . . . A great outing for groups and schools
Experience the ancient art of "Shmura Matzah" baking!

Grind some wheat | Bake Your Own Matzah | Enjoy Passover Arts & Crafts

Location: Chabad Center | 159 Boden Lane in Natick, MA 01760 | For directions click here

Family and Group Sessions: Sunday & Monday, March 29 and 30, 2020 

Whether you are coming as a family or signing up as a group, please contact the coordinator, Gretchen Brandt at gretchen.chabadnatick@gmail.com.

Sessions run approximately an hour and are running through both days. Advance reservation is required.

Admission Fee: $10 per person 

About the Model Matzah Bakery

In this fun and educational experience, participants dressed in baker's hats, will experience the 18 minute journey of the Matzah from threshing and winnowing the wheat stalks to watching their fresh Matzah pop right out of an authentic Matzah oven. Each child will take home an individually boxed, full-sized, delicious Shmurah Matzah that is Kosher for Passover.

The Chabad Center has been providing this exciting educational experience to the Metrowest Jewish Communities for over 25 years. The Model Matzah Bakery features wheat stalks, brick ovens, millstones, etc. which are all set up to form an old style Matzah Bakery.

In the Model Matzah Bakery, children learn how the traditional Shmurah Matzah is made - literally from "scratch". Dressed in baker's hats, children start from threshing and winnowing natural wheat stalks, separating the wheat from the chaff.

By crushing the brittle wheat, participants effectively thresh the wheat, breaking up the chaff and wheat grain. Next, the children winnow, or separate the whole wheat grains from the near weightless chaff on the spot.

Afterwards the children collect the accumulated wheat grain into rustic hand-driven millstones that really have the look and feel of 1000 years ago. In an exciting competition, the children grind the wheat grain into flour.

The resulting whole flour is sifted and separated into fine flour, and wheat germ. Then the children are ready to begin to mixing the flour and water into Matzah dough.

Once the 18 minute clock starts the children quickly mix and knead the dough. Then the dough is rolled out, and riddled full of holes with special Matzah perforators. Now the Matzot are rushed to the "brick" oven in the hope of baking the entire batch of Matzot in just 18 minutes.

While the Matzah bakes, participants serve themselves a refreshing cup of cold grape juice out of real oak barrels. The resulting Matzah and grape juice will then be used in a concluding mini-model Seder.

Since the Matzah that the children produce themselves will not be kosher for Passover each child will take home an individually boxed, full-sized, delicious Shmurah Matzah that is Kosher for Passover. The boxes will also include the Four Questions as well as a Pesach Guide.


A Partial List of Past Groups:

Temple Israel Preschool (Natick)

Temple Israel Hebrew School (Natick)

Temple Beth Shalom Preschool (Framingham)

Temple Beth Shalom Religious School (Framingham)

Temple Beth Am Preschool (Framingham)

Temple Beth Am Religious School (Framingham)

Temple Shir Tikvah (Wayland)

Cong. Or Atid (Wayland)

Shaarei Shalom (Ashland)

Jewish Family Service—Russian Network

Metrowest Jewish Day School

Jewish Family Workshops (Ashland)

New England Yachad—Special Needs Group