Streit's Shutting Down Its Iconic Lower East Side Matzo Factory

Closure of facility symbolic of demise of Jewish life in downtown Manhattan.

The Streit's Matzo factory in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
The Streit's Matzo factory in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.Credit: Google Earth

Streit’s Matzo factory, the iconic family-owned, Lower East Side facility supplying generations of Seder tables in the American Jewish community, is closing down after this coming Passover, the Bowery Boogie website reported this week.

Streit's has the last family-owned matzo factory in the United States, according to Bowery Boogie. Its factory located at 148-154 Rivington Street has stood since 1925. Employing 60 workers, the factory produces 40 percent of the country's matzos. The machines in the adjacent tenement buildings send the ingredients, consisting of flour and water, through a 73-foot long oven to create the matzos, which are mainly used for the Passover holiday but are also consumed year-round.

The Lower East Side was once the hub of Jewish life in New York city, but the community left long ago and well-known Jewish establishments have dwindled over the years.

The Streit family, which has run the factory for five generations, plans to keep the business but has yet to announce where the new factory will be located.

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