STREIT’S: MATZO AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

posts by randi@thejcc

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Date(s) - 04/07/2015
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

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The JCC in Manhattan

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Tue, Apr 07 6:00 PM
$9.00 / $12.00

As it has since 1925, the Streit’s matzo factory sits in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants have long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, Streit’s remains a Lower East Side institution, and a glimmer of hope for the American Dream. Dir. Michael Levine
(USA, 2014, 75 min)Get a free box of Streit’s matzo at the screening!