The three-year-old classes at the Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) got up close and personal with matzah preparation, in advance of the Passover holiday.

Rabbi Yisroel Rosenblum of the Living Legacy program brought a model matzoh bakery for the youngsters at the South Orange synagogue, who learned how the unleavened bread is made from scratch. The children got busy separating the wheat from the chaff and then helped grind it into flour, rolled out the dough, and made their own matzohs which were baked on site in the portable oven.

The Reform synagogue’s preschool, which is open to the wider community, stresses experiential, hands-on learning in all areas of its curriculum.

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TSTI’s families come from throughout Essex County, including South Orange, Maplewood, West Orange, Livingston, Millburn and Short Hills.

For more information about the program, contact its director, Carol Paster, at (973) 763-4600 or visit