Passover is a special time in Jerusalem.
Before Passover you can find almost anything discarded on the streets.
This week I saw an old bed, a new can of flavored bread crumbs,
electrical appliances, and a single, brand-new white shoe out by the trash.
In Kikar Safra, Municipal Square,
a Matzah b’Kikar Festival was held outside City Hall.
The weather was perfect last week for the event.
Among the attractions were
a woman washing clothes by hand,
an old time junk dealer,
a spiffy tailor,
and a vintage photographer.
But the main attraction,
was matzah baking.
It featured four ovens fueled by gas tanks.
Aprons, gloves and perfect timing were mandatory
for those at the work tables in the preparation tent.
Staff in orange vests carried the
used stainless steel rolling pins
to be cleaned of every last drop of dough
between batches of baking matzah.
Dozens of wooden poles were lined up outside,
for the workers to rush the rolled dough to the ovens.
Boxes of the hand-made baked matzahs
were ready for the participants to take home.
It is a shame more people did not take advantage of this
public, free event held over two afternoons.
I’m glad I saw a full page ad in a Hebrew paper,
but I know many heard about the matzah baking too late.
The festival signs were up along some roads,
but it was impossible to read the small print from moving cars.
Baking matzah in Jerusalem, Israel, before Passover,
just one step in preparation for the holiday.
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Thank you, chag sameach
Wonderful, baruch HaShem!! Sorry I missed it, but am glad we have our own shmurah matza factory in the yeshuv.
Many communities in Israel bake matzah, but the ovens in City Hall plaza… always seem special. Chag sameach.
So cool. Love it
Wonderful photos, Sharon. Hugs, Nancy
Thank you, chag sameach!
What a lovely event!
I am coming with my family to Jerusalem for Passover, and will be there for the week prior to the chag. Is this a yearly event? Are there dates set for 2019?
Hi. Not certain, but assume it could be held again this year. April 17-18 would be optimum time if they have open matzah baking again at Kikar Safra. You can check closer to Passover for details.