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Regina Margareten

Regina Margareten was hailed as the “Matzah Queen” and the “matriarch of the kosher food industry” for both her business sense and her innovations to improve the quality of her products. Margareten arrived in the US with her parents and new husband in 1883 and the two families began baking matzah as the Horowitz Brothers and Margareten Company, with Margareten lighting the fires and working the dough every day. After her husband’s death in 1923, Margareten took over as treasurer and co-director, making decisions about advertising and marketing, serving as company spokesperson as well as visiting the plant daily to inspect and test samples of the matzah to ensure quality. She had the plant combine wheat from sources in three different states for a superior product and had the company branch out into selling other kosher products. A generous philanthropist, Margareten funded over a hundred different synagogues and organizations supporting poor religious scholars, new mothers, and the hungry.

Date of Birth
December 20-25, 1863
Place of Birth
Babolna, Komarom-Esztergom
Date of Death
January 15, 1959

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Regina Margareten." (Viewed on October 25, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/margareten-regina>.

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