Passover Rolls

Sur­vivor | Rachel Roth

Rachel’s chil­dren, Ram Roth and David and Leah Chencin­s­ki, recall: One of the most pop­u­lar things our moth­er made was Passover bilkeluch (rolls). They tast­ed great warm right out of the oven, and they were even bet­ter when we sliced them in half and added some but­ter, which melt­ed. Our mom would make them fresh on Yom Tov (not sab­bath), and fam­i­ly and guests would have them plain while hot. 

If there were any left­overs, they cooled down and would last for days, mak­ing excel­lent Pesach sand­wich­es. We even grabbed them plain or with but­ter or cheese or as snacks while trav­el­ing with the fam­i­ly on Hol Hamoed. For a fleishig meal, we would eat the rolls with chick­en fat.

Yields 12 Rolls

2 cups mat­zo meal

3 table­spoons sugar

1 tea­spoon salt

1 cup water

½ cup veg­etable oil

4 eggs

Pre­heat the oven to 375°F.

Com­bine the mat­zo meal, sug­ar, and salt in a large heat­proof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the water and oil to a boil and pour the hot liq­uid over the dry ingre­di­ents. Stir vig­or­ous­ly but care­ful­ly to avoid scald­ing your­self. Add the eggs one at a time, con­tin­u­ing to stir until well combined. 

Spray your hands with a bit of non­stick cook­ing spray and form the mix­ture into twelve two to three inch balls. Bake on an ungreased cook­ie sheet for fifty min­utes, or until gold­en and cooked through.

Pho­to cour­tesy of the publisher

Dr. Maria Zalews­ka is a non­prof­it exec­u­tive, Holo­caust edu­ca­tor, media schol­ar, and author with a track record of strate­gi­cal­ly plan­ning, devel­op­ing, and fund­ing cross-insti­tu­tion­al Holo­caust edu­ca­tion­al projects, as well as devel­op­ing media projects from pre- to post-pro­duc­tion. Her aca­d­e­m­ic work has focused on the rela­tion­ship between new tech­nolo­gies, media stud­ies, and Holo­caust mem­o­ry. Her research devel­ops new direc­tions in Holo­caust stud­ies and inno­v­a­tive respons­es to the chal­lenges fac­ing Holo­caust edu­ca­tion in the dig­i­tal age. She cur­rent­ly serves as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Auschwitz-Birke­nau Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion. Her great-grand­fa­ther was killed in Auschwitz.

The Auschwitz-Birke­nau Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion (ABMF) is a New York-based non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion estab­lished in 2012. Its mis­sion is to safe­guard the mem­o­ry of Auschwitz-Birke­nau through the preser­va­tion of its orig­i­nal arti­facts and bring­ing edu­ca­tion about Auschwitz to every Amer­i­can stu­dent. Under the lead­er­ship of its Chair­man, Ronald S. Laud­er, the ABMF believes that the exis­tence of the Auschwitz-Birke­nau Memo­r­i­al and Muse­um, its authen­tic­i­ty, and its mes­sage will help pre­vent a reoc­cur­rence of the hatred, racism, anti­semitism, and xeno­pho­bia that led to the Holocaust.

The Auschwitz-Birke­nau Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion’s work con­sists of three main pillars:

  • Preser­va­tion of the authen­tic remains of Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Holo­caust education 
  • Sur­vivors’ out­reach in the Unit­ed States