Chametz Burned, Donated at Pimlico


The Baltimore community gathered at the Pimlico Race Course Clubhouse parking lot on Monday, April 14, to burn and donate its chametz just before the start of Passover.

The pre-Passover tradition involves ridding homes of leavened foods to prepare for the holiday. For the second year, community members were not only able to burn their opened chametz, but to donate their unopened chametz as well. The collection, organized by the nonprofit Park Heights Renaissance, benefited food pantries in northwest Baltimore.

“I came up with the idea a couple of years ago, when not only witnessing [and] realizing how much unopened food we throw out, but also when members of the community asked if we could place food on the church’s step  across the street from the race course,” Betsy Gardner, the neighborhood liaison for the Jewish community in the 5th, 6th and 7th Baltimore districts for City Council President Bernard C. ‘Jack’ Young, said via email.

The event was organized by the city of Baltimore, Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Star-K.

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