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Streit’s Matzos and the American Dream Screening

Thursday, December 7
7:00pm – 9:00pm 
NY West 57th, Room 201
45 West 57th Street, New York, NY, United States
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Named “Best Documentary” at the Rockland International Jewish Film Festival in 2015, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream is the story of the last family-owned matzo bakery in America during its final year in New York City. For five generations, the iconic Jewish institution baked matzos inside four unassuming tenement buildings on New York's Lower East Side.

This enchanting film will screen on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm in NYC, co-sponsored by Smith Family Business Inititative and Cornell Jewish Studies. A discussion will follow with director Michael Levine, who was interviewed extensively for the documentary. Registration is required and the public is invited to attend.

“Longtime Lower East Siders like myself will never forget the smell of matzo baking at the corner of Rivington and Suffolk—or the generous way the workers would hand a Moonstrip to passersby, as we peered in to watch the Rube Goldberg machinery do its magic,” says Jonathan Boyarin, director of Jewish studies at Cornell. “It’s great that Michael Levine captured this on film, and we’re thrilled to bring it to Ithaca.”

Levine, who has family roots on the Lower East Side, says. “I believe that, now more than ever, it is essential that this story be told, not only to preserve the history and legacy of the factory, the Streit family, and the workers there, but to draw attention to difficult choices facing family-owned businesses nationwide.” In addition to directing the film, Levine serves as the film’s cinematographer and editor.

A New York-based filmmaker and the founder of Rivington Pictures, Levine has directed, produced, filmed, and edited content for Showtime Networks, A&E Networks, The History Channel, HGTV, and a number of award winning independent filmmakers. His first feature-length documentary, “Losing Ground,” screened at the U.S. Library of Congress and numerous other venues, and was featured at length in The New York Times.

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NY West 57th, Room 201, 45 West 57th Street, New York, NY, United States

Thursday, December 7, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Smith Family Business Initiative
Co-hosted with:  Cornell Business Journal, Media, Entertainment & Sports Club, Admissions & Financial Aid Office, Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D), Executive Programs, MBAI, MBAII, Family Business Club, Cornell Tech MBA Program, EMBA Metro NY First-Year, EMBA Metro NY Second-Year

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