The annual Living Legacy “Model Matzah Bakery” took place this year, at the Montreal Jewish Community Center, YM-YWHA.
Over 2,500 children, from public schools, Jewish schools, Hebrew day schools, and other programs came to the Matzah bakery, where they had an outstanding experience.
The children learned how to make flour by grinding wheat, and how the water used for Matzah is drawn from a well.
They then went to a special station, where the founder of Living Legacy, Rabbi Pinny Gniwisch, taught the children how the flour and water are mixed to make the dough, and each child had an opportunity to roll their very own Matzah, which was then baked in an oven.
Finally, the children heard the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The presenter, Rabbi Nochum Greenwald, dressed as Moses, took the kids back in time to Egypt, were they learned about the Ten Plagues in a very animated way.
“This was the best Matzah Bakery I have ever seen,” said a teacher.
“It is truly amazing how much of the story I learned,” said another teacher.
The children entered excitedly, with smiles on their faces, and when they left they were even more excited than they were before.
Living Legacy, directed by Rabbi Nochum Greenwald, is constantly working on new programs. This year, Living Legacy launched the brand new Purim Juggling Experience , where students saw the story of Purim acted out, together with a spectacular show.
“Our goal is that every Jewish child in Montreal, should come into the holiday excited,” says Rabbi Pinny.
“We want the children going home, to know that Judaism can be fun and exciting,” says Rabbi Greenwald.
Rabbi Levi Itkin, a Shliach to Nuns Island near Montreal, visited someone’s home recently and saw some boxes of Matzah on the table. Surprised at the sight he inquired: “What’s going on?” The mother explained that her 4 year old was at the Matzah Bakery and baked Matzah. “He didn’t stop talking about it, and kept asking to get Matzah!” G-d willing, they will be making a Passover Seder for the first time this year.