Creating an Inclusive Environment for Those Who Observe Passover
April 4, 2023
In 2023 Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 5, and ends on Thursday, April 13.
Ensure staff who supervise self-identified Jewish colleagues are aware of Passover and how they can be supportive.
Intentional Planning and Accommodations
Update your scheduling tools to reflect religious observance dates and to support the planning activities. It is the responsibility of both the Manager and the individual seeking accommodation to work cooperatively and respectfully to explore and implement appropriate accommodation options. Accommodate requests for time off for religious observances. If shift work is the norm, staff may want to switch shifts to observe Passover. Look for solutions that suit all parties.
If meetings or events are held during Passover, consult with Jewish colleagues on the food and beverages served, as they might have varying dietary restrictions.
Don’t Make Assumptions
For personal reasons, not all Jewish colleagues may take time off, but they may still observe in various ways.
How is Passover Observed?
The holiday is observed for eight days (seven in Israel), and incorporates themes of springtime, a Jewish homeland, family, remembrance of Jewish history, social justice and freedom — including recognizing those who are still being oppressed today. These aspects are discussed and symbolically represented, during the Passover seder, a celebration with family and friends. Traditionally, the first two and last two days of the holiday are considered ‘full holidays’ and many in the Jewish faith will refrain from work on some or all of those days.
Source: University of Toronto