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Inclusion Tips for Those Celebrating Passover

April 17, 2024

Passover, or Pesach (PEH-sach) in Hebrew, is a major Jewish holiday and one of the most widely celebrated. Passover takes place in early spring during the Hebrew calendar month of Nissan. In 2024, begins at sundown on Monday, April 22, and ends at sundown on Tuesday, April 30.

Here are four simple ways that employers can create an inclusive environment for people celebrating Passover.

1. Get educated. Ensure staff who supervise self-identified Jewish colleagues are aware of Passover and how they can be supportive.

2. Intentional planning and accommodations. Update your scheduling tools to reflect religious observance dates and to support the planning activities. 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.

3. Be thoughtful. 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.

4. Don’t make assumptions. For personal reasons, not all Jewish colleagues may take time off, but they may still observe in various ways.

Fostering an environment that encourages open dialogue amongst your team will demonstrate your respect for the religious beliefs and practices of all employees, including those who observe Passover.

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