Matzo Shortage Plagues Passover in Calif.

Stores sold out before holiday began Saturday, Jews 'at wits' end'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 1:38 PM CDT
Matzo Shortage Plagues Passover in Calif.
Rabbi Meyer Kirschner, who oversees the making of matzo to make sure it complies with Kosher dietary laws, cleans a giant dough mixer at Streit's matzo factory on Manhattan's Lower East Side where the traditional flat bread is made in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

With Passover in full swing, Jews in the San Francisco area are enduring a shortage of matzo, the Chronicle reports. Most grocers were cleaned out Friday or Saturday, the first day of the observance, and with the holiday stretching to the weekend, the observant wonder how they'll manage without the staple food.

"I've spoken to a lot of folks who are kind of at their wits' end," said a spokesman for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. "It appears there's been a huge disconnect between the Bay Area grocery community and the Jewish community in terms of supply and demand." (More Passover stories.)

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