The ninth annual Big Bread Burn (more formally the Joy and Al Amsel Memorial Community Passover Biur Chametz Program) at the Jewish Center of Teaneck, a pre-Passover community-wide event, is expected to draw more than 1,000 adults and children from Teaneck and the surrounding communities. It is set for Friday, April 22, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. It is co-sponsored by the JCT with Yeshiva Heichal HaTorah.
The Big Bread Burn is a memorial tribute to the Amsels. For more than three decades, they invited community members to gather in their backyard around their fire pit on erev Pesach to share in the ritual of Biur Chametz, the ceremonial burning of a token amount of leaven, before Passover.
A Teaneck fire safety trailer and engine truck will be on hand, along with fire department staff, to provide a fire safety learning experience for young children and their families. Kosher for Passover chocolate lollipops, donated by Streit’s Matzoh Company (a staple of the Amsels’ backyard hospitality), will be distributed, along with junior fire chief hats for the children.
Congregations Beth Aaron, B’nai Yeshurun, Netivot Shalom, Ohr Saadya, Rinat Yisrael, and other community organizations also sponsor the event.
Chametz for burning should be placed only in paper bags. The latest time for burning chametz is 11:45 a.m. For information call (201) 833-0515, ext. 200.