This April is the time for Easter celebrations, but it is also the time when Jewish people observe Passover.
In honor of the occasion and Jewish Cast Members, Disney Parks Blog decided to spotlight some Cast Members‘ reflections and traditions. Those Cast Members include Lacey Popkin, Group Specialist Resort; Yonit Olshan, Disneyland Resort Costume Designer; Sarah Wagner, Sales and Solutions Specialist; Judy Fixler, Walt Disney World All-Star Music Concierge; and Carrie Nocella, Disneyland Director, External Affairs.
According to Disney Parks Blog, “This week, SHALOM, Disney’s first Jewish Business Employee Resource Group, invited us into their world as they gear up for the Spring celebration of Passover! Beginning at sundown today, family and friends will gather over Matzah and matzo ball soup to honor past suffering and celebrate Spring, rebirth, and community.”
Over a Zoom call, they shared their favorite parts of The Passover, and how they share the spirit with their co-workers.
“My favorite part about the Passover Seder is opening the door for Elijah,” said Judy. “No matter where I am, this has always been a tradition we have done. When my family couldn’t gather in person during the pandemic, we had a Passover Seder over Zoom.”
“Food is a huge part of Passover,” said Yonit. “One would think that avoiding bread and yeast would be difficult or frustrating, but I see it as a way to get creative with recipes. I find it incredibly special having a ‘kosher for Passover’ diet. You can have Matzah, bread without yeast, with almost anything! Also, can you ever truly have too much matzah ball soup? It truly does warm the soul.”
“I’m the only Jewish cast member on my team, so I love sharing my traditions,” said Lacey. “I brought Matzah for everyone to try because people that haven’t eaten it their whole lives seem to love it. I was interested to see what my team thought! I love sharing my culture with them, and they all love to hear about our different traditions.”
They also answered a very important question: “Which Disney Character would they invite to their Sedar Dinner?” Answers included Princess Rebecca from Elena of Avalor, Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove, Winnie the Pooh, and Pumbaa.
All of us here at Disney Fanatic would like to wish our Jewish readers a very blessed Passover.