ON THE COVER
Shalom Street hosts the kid-friendly gateway to Passover.
he sounds of crunchy matzah
were heard throughout Shalom
Street, as some 200 Shalom
Family members joined together to
make matzah at the annual Barbara
and Douglas Bloom Matzah Factory in
the Jewish Community Center in West
Bloomfield on March 22.
Families with children ages 1-6 also
created child-sized aprons and enjoyed
music and stories by Helayne Shaw.
Helene Greenwald, Shalom Family event
chair, said she was pleased at the turnout
for the event that "brings together families
to have a meaningful and fun Passover
More than 2,000 children, including
school groups, are expected to visit during
the weeklong event.
"Making matzah is making memo-
ries," said Barbara Bloom, who funded
the Matzah Factory with her husband,
Douglas. "By using all of their senses, chil-
dren not only learn about Passover, but
also leave with a fuller understanding of
Passover and what being Jewish is about."
The week's festivities ends with "Pesach
Productions" from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March
29, when families with children ages 5-12
will make matzah and enjoy Passover-
related activities with reality-TV show
themes — become an Iron Chef creating
a recipe for charoset, learn who is really
"Smarter than a Fifth Grader" and more.
For more information, visit
jewishdetroit.org/pesach or call 1-877-
Staff photos by Angie Baan
Joshua King, 4,
of West Bloomfield
readies his dough
for the oven.
March 26 2009