Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream

  • Mon Feb 13
Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream

with filmmaker Michael Levine & Lower East Side historian Elissa Sampson in person; free admission

Michael Levine
Elissa Sampson

“Nominally the story of an arcane food product that even Jews eat en masse only once a year, during the Passover holiday, this lively and engaged documentary lives up to its name. It uses the story of the paradigmatic matzo manufacturer to examine what the American dream meant back in the day and what it has turned into now....Located in four ancient tenement buildings on Rivington Street that were shoehorned together, the Streit’s establishment is virtually the same as when it opened in 1925.” (LA Times) The film features veteran Lower East Side guide and historian Elissa Sampson, who will be present at the screening.

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.


Ithaca premiere
DCP color
1 hour 23 minutes
release year/country
2016 USA