The bakery first opened during World War I, serving struggling Jewish immigrants.
Passover matzos have rolled out of a century-old bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for the last time.
The Streit’s factory is the oldest in the nation still churning out the unleavened flatbread that’s essential for Jewish holidays – about 2.5 million pounds of matzos were baked for April’s Passover holiday and distributed worldwide.
But Streit’s is planning to shut down its nine-decade-old ovens by the year’s end to move into a 21st-century computerized plant located in a different part of the New York area. The contract has yet to be signed…
…Some of the nearly 60 workers represent a wave of immigrants from former Soviet republics, like machine operator Michael Abramov, who was born in Uzbekistan.
He has been at Streit’s for 25 years — the only job he has ever had in America.
‘I’m not bored. I love this work. This is important. It’s our religion, it’s the history of the Jews,’ said the 61-year-old Queens resident.
Operations on Rivington Street will proceed until the new plant is running with state-of-the-art equipment that will speed up production…