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Streitís: Matzo and the American Dream

Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream

Monday, Aug. 5, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 4 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m.

Matzo, a flatbread made simply of flour and water, is an integral part of Jewish culture, especially relating to Passover. STREIT’S: MATZO AND THE AMERICAN DREAM spotlights the legendary Streit’s factory in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where Jewish traditions are kept alive and well in the manufacturing
of matzo.

A fifth-generation family business, Streit’s was founded in 1916 by Aron Streit, a Jewish immigrant from Austria. The Lower East Side at this time had a large presence of Jewish European immigrants, so businesses like Streit’s flourished. However, as the years have passed, the neighborhoods surrounding Streit’s rapidly gentrified. In direct contrast to the evolving nature of New York itself, Streit’s still operates much in the same way as it did when it was founded.


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