Monday, June 1, 2020 -
Print Edition

Chametz party

We all know the adage: “They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat.” It’s at the very core of almost every Jewish celebration. And even in the absence of food, such as a fast, we focus much of our energy on organizing the break-fast meal, usually bagels, lox, cream cheese.

Today we’re asking Rocky Mountain Jew readers how they “broke” Pesach. What was your first chametz item? How long had you been planning the treat?

As for me, I’d started planning the meal even before Pesach started! Walking home from kosher-for-Passover shopping I passed a creperie, and thought to myself, “Mmmm…flour, water, eggs, leavened in front of my eyes, bubbling in a frying pan, doused with cinnamon and sugar…” My mistake: on the eighth day of Pesach I experimented with a sweet matzah brei recipe, and so, just hours later, a very similar concoction, simply with flour substituted for matzah, wasn’t all that exciting anymore.

Instead I went for a thin crust Margherita pizza. Classic.

Here in Zurich, perhaps in homage to the local culture, the Havdalah ceremony concluding Pesach was recited over a glass of beer!

And in New York, people turned to the classic – bagels.

So what’s your go-to chametz item? Or are you a nostalgic type, finding it difficult to store the matzah away in the cupboard?

Shana Goldberg

IJN Assistant Publisher |

3 thoughts on “Chametz party

  1. Avi Schwartz

    Believe it or not, I am the sentimental type and hold out a bit until I have chametz. Usually it’s a midnight party of classic pizza or bagels (like the rest of you guys)after the long hours of cleaning up and “switching over”. Funny thing is, this year, I , like Michael above, did not turn chametz until Friday night with our fresh baked home made challah. YUM!


Leave a Reply


Dear valued reader,

During these very difficult times that we’re all experiencing, why does the Intermountain Jewish News matter more than ever?

  • It connects us when we feel separated and surrounded by chaos. With the IJN, we are not alone. We are all in this together as a community.
  • It is our trusted, distinctive news source. The IJN works hard to provide facts, not sensationalism.
  • It brings you the impact of COVID-19 on the Colorado Jewish community.

Like other small businesses and media companies, the IJN is also being impacted in an unprecedented way by effects of the coronavirus.

That’s Why Your Help Is Needed Today.

Please subscribe today or purchase a gift subscription — an online gift is social distancing.

If you’re already a subscriber, you can also donate to the IJN to support our mission of providing quality and comprehensive journalism to the Colorado Jewish community.


Rabbi Hillel Goldberg
Editor & Publisher

Shana R. Goldberg
Assistant Publisher