In the 1890's, Aron Streit and his wife, Nettie, left Europe and came to America. In 1916, Aron opened his first matzo factory. There, on Pitt Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Aron and his first partner Rabbi Weinberger made all their matzo by hand. In 1925, Aron and one of his sons opened up a modern bakery in the same building on Rivington Street where Streit's stands today. A few years later, Aron's other son joined the business. With the family working together, the Streit matzo bakery prospered and Aron bought three adjoining buildings to handle the growing business. At the matzo bakery and at home, Aron and Nettie maintained the Old World traditions while building a life in the New World. Friday night Shabbos dinners were a ritual that continued throughout their lives. Their grandchildren still remember those meals. Although Aron died in 1937, his great-grandchildren carry on the family tradition, lighting Shabbos candles and teaching the fifth generation how to maintain Jewish values in America.
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