MATZOS ON A MISSION
We would like to thank the many volunteers who are helping to make Mitzvah Matzos still run during this difficult time. After most of our operational plans fell through due to COVID-19, so many people went above and beyond to make our operation safe and viable, on a dime, from Philadelphia to Boston.
This year we baked approximately 730 1lb. packages of organic, soft, shmura matzo and we still have packages available for purchase. When making the purchase, you’ll be prompted to select your location from a drop-down menu. Specific details are below.
Most locations have an order deadline of Thursday, March 26th, by midnight. If you still see your location listed in the drop-down menu, you can still order.
1) Home delivery in Rhode Island. (Date TBD)
2) Home delivery in Manhattan anywhere north of 59th Street. Manhattan people - feel free to share and order your matzo through our website! (March 30th)
3) Home delivery in Sharon, Mass. Sharon people, order your matzo and start spreading the news. (Date TBD)
4) Boston area - We've still got a buying club at Temple Israel of Natick (that pickup will be staggered on Sunday, April 5th). Order and choose the Temple Israel buying club.
5) Westchester area - We'll have pickup now available in White Plains. Order now and start spreading the news. (March 30th Pickup)
6) Philadelphia area - Pickup in Lower Merion, PA. (Date TBD)
7) Buying clubs in Fairlawn, NJ, and Stamford, New Haven, and West Hartford, CT. (March 30th)
8) Long Island – We will ship directly to customers who have already ordered. Since shipping is quite expensive, we're going to call off any new orders from Long Island for this year.
- The Mitzvah Matzos team
Do you talk about freedom and slavery at your seder? If so, do you do anything about slavery today? "What slavery?" you might ask.
Well, that's where we come in. Mitzvah Matzos is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit with two goals. One is that we aim to educate and raise awareness about the approximately 40 million slaves in the world today. Yep, million. These slaves are victims of human trafficking. A quarter of them are children.
In case you're wondering what you could possibly do to help, our second goal is to send all profits to organizations with established track records in fighting human trafficking and helping survivors find their paths to independence and freedom.
So, this year, make your matzo Mitzvah Matzos. Free slaves.
At Mitzvah Matzos, we bake seder matzos l'shem matzot mitzvah, for the sake of the mitzvah of eating matzo at the seder and being moved by the experience. Our matzot are soft matzot. The profits fight slavery. Thicker texture, thicker ritual.
Though soft matzot may seem non-traditional, they more accurately represent what Jews celebrated Passover with for most of Jewish history. For more info on this, read about the story of soft matzo or learn the primary Jewish sources. They're still made in under eighteen minutes and they're under the orthodox rabbinic supervision of Lighthouse Kosher.
Not your bubbie's matzo. Your bubbie's bubbie's matzo.
Mitzvah Matzos offers a variety of educational workshops. We seek to raise awareness about human trafficking, but we throw in matzo baking sessions and info sessions on the history and halakhot, the Jewish laws, of matzos if desired, too. We offer age-appropriate workshops for kids, teens, and adults.
Again, all profits from these sessions go to fight human trafficking. As a bonus, a more educated public helps fight trafficking by spotting when something is off in an airport or bus station, at the city park, or in the massage parlor. Just knowing the signs and asking or reporting where appropriate can be another way to put the slave-masters out of business.
These workshops are great for schools, synagogues and temples, JCCs, Hillels or anywhere there is a group of people that wants to make a difference. Interested? Contact us.
Meet the husband and wife team Barry Dolinger & Naomi Baine.
Rabbi and Speech Pathologist by day…
Matzo Maestros by night.
Barry works hard to enrich the spiritual lives of those in his congregation and community as well as to make the kosher food industry more responsive to customer needs and spiritual values.
Naomi’s great-great-great-grandfather founded the country’s first matzo factory in 1884 to meet local needs. Now, it’s time for a remix.
We’re passionate about reinventing matzo to combat modern forms of slavery. We have many crazy entrepreneurial ideas, and we’re excited to put one into action.
David Kaplan, M.D.
David grew up in Cleveland. He has a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He did residency training at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. He practiced emergency medicine in Rhode Island for nearly 40 years.
He likes the way that the Mitzvah Matzos project uses the enduring traditions and spirit of Passover to confront continuing oppression.
When not baking matzo, David can be found biking, cooking, doing his Yiddish homework, or telling a joke. Outside of the matzo kitchen, he thinks that life should be leavened by humor or at least by a good pun.