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Streit's Matzo Finds 'Best Of Everything' In Orangeburg

The story of Streit's Matzo is highlighted in a new film by Michael Levine.
The story of Streit's Matzo is highlighted in a new film by Michael Levine. Video Credit: Menemsha Films

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. -- Fans of Streit's Matzo have more to love.

The 102-year-old company, which has been a longtime fixture on New York's Lower East Side, moved to a 100,000-square-foot building in Orangeburg in Fall, 2016. The move, though painful and heartfelt, has put distribution and production under the same roof for the first time, making for more seamless matzo making.

The location change, according to Executive Vice President Aaron Gross, was necessary to keep the company competitive. The family's story -- this is still a family-run operation -- is highlighted in a new documentary, "Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream" and ends with a teaser about the new facility in Rockland.

"Rockland was a great fit for us," said Gross.

"It gave us the space we needed. We also wanted to be part of a strong Jewish community which we got here so we now have the best of everything."

He stressed that everything from the Rivington Street location has been recreated at the Orangeburg facility. And that means the same delicious kosher-certified matzo for Passover, which begins Monday, April 10.

Each Passover, the holiday that commemorates the ancient Hebrews’ deliverance from slavery in Egypt, the factory produces about 2.5 million pounds of unleavened bread.

Gross said the matzo this year was produced at their facility in Moonachie, N.J. but that next year, it will be made 100 percent in Rockland. The New Jersey facility also churns out macaroons, soup mixes, and other kosher items, all of which will also move to Orangeburg later this year when the facility is fully operational.

In the future, say by next winter, Gross said there will also be a retail store and small museum on site along with tours.

Streit's is located at 171 Route 303, (845) 359-9203, www.streitsmatzos.com/ .

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