Children practice 3500-year-old tradition
A new program at the Beth Ora congregation in Ville St. Laurent is teaching tolerance and reverence for tradition to elementary school children through Matzah, of all things.
As part of The Living Legacy, a series designed to spread knowledge and tolerance of Jewish practices and traditions, the Model Matzah Bakery teaches children how to make the traditional unleavened bread that Jews baked on their way through the desert some 3,500 years ago.
Aside from engaging, challenging and actively involving Jewish children in their heritage, the program also aims to give children of other cultures an opportunity to discover an ancient cultural tradition.
About 60 Jewish schools and over 20 public schools are participating in the program, with over 3,000 children benefiting from this hands-on experience.