The “Rabbinical Center of Europe” and the “European Jewish Association” completed one of the most complicated logistical operations they have conducted in the past year, distributing matzah to hundreds of communities across Europe. The logistical operation was conducted under the supervision of the RCE’s Deputy Director- General, Rabbi Yosef Bainhaker, who toiled and orchestrated the data in order to ensure that the Matzot reached every city and town in Europe. Rabbi Yehuda Reichman, head of the BASSAD organization cooperated and executed the project with great devotion.
The Matzot were distributed to over 560 European Jewish communities. The kits were delivered to Rabbis and community leaders who will distribute them just before the Pesach holiday. Each kit was professionally wrapped and packaged to prevent the Matzot from cracking before reaching their destination.
This particular operation had a goal of ensuring kezayit size Hand-made Shmurah Matzah to reach all Jews in the various communities of Europe. In order to expand the distribution of Matzot, and reach as wide an audience as possible, the RCE and the EJA in cooperation n with the BASSAD organization, produced a customized package for the Matzah. The new and innovative pack presents a fantastic solution for rabbis and their communities, ensuring that the Mitzva of eating kezayit Shmurah Matza become accessible.
In order to guarantee that the Matzot reach their destination albeit the border lockdown throughout Europe, Rabbi Bainhaker, together with local rabbis, dealt with government officials in the various countries. They explained the importance for every Jew to eat matzah for one whole week. The great effort paid off and all the countries approved the import of matzah to their territory in closed and sealed packages, despite the pandemic rage.
This is not the first logistical operation conducted by the “Rabbinical Centre of Europe” together with Rabbi Reichman of the BASSAD organization. Before Sukkot and Chanukkah this past year, the organization helped distribute the four species and menorahs across Europe to hundreds of families.
Chairman of the “Rabbinical Centre of Europe” and the “European Jewish Association” Rabbi Menachem Margolin said: “Due to high public demand for matzah it was decided that despite the heavy expenses involved, an effort would be made to supply any quantity of matzah that would be required to the various countries ensuring that there would be matzah everywhere.”
The Director General of the “Rabbinical Centre of Europe”, Rabbi Arie Goldberg stated that the RCE has set itself the goal of not missing out on any Jewish community in Europe. He emphasized the great effort invested in the logistic details. “Despite the shipping complications during this complex period, many efforts have been made to reach all places on the continent and even to the most remote places.” He added that tens of thousands of kezayit Shmurah Matzah packages have already arrived and will be distributed to anyone that will request for it in Europe. “Recruiting the RCE staff together with the community Rabbis guaranteed the success of the complex operation. Matzah kits have already arrived at the various communities and is very much appreciated.” He spoke.
In addition, a special kit has been distributed for the children of the communities, enabling Rabbis and Rebbetzins to teach the children about the Mitzvot of Pesach, beginning from general observance of Pesach Mitzvot till the practical details of each Mitzvah