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Maitland, FL (4.18.19) - Jewish Academy of Orlando held a Disney-
themed Passover model seder for its students, parents and guests.
 The students told the story of Passover in a traditional way with the
four questions, traditional meal, and songs. The Disney-themed
costumes, songs, and decorations added to the excitement.
Students dressed as their favorite Disney characters including Peter
Pan, Mickey, Captain Hook, and the princesses; even the faculty and
staff participated.
From the Mickey Mouse Club to Pocahontas and The Lion King, the
students sang Passover-themed songs set to Disney melodies to tell
the story.  The Kindergarteners performed the traditional four
questions while the first graders acted out the ten plagues.
Before dipping the maror in the charoset, the students sang a parody
called a “Spoon full of Charoset,” from Mary Poppins. To welcome
Elijah, the students sang a parody of “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and
the Beast.  
“The seder requirement/commandment is to tell the story of
Passover,” said head of school Alan Rusonik.  “Our goal was to do so
in a way that engaged every student. By using the Disney songs we
were able to tell the story in a fun and exciting way that related to
students of all ages.”
Rusonik added, “Last year’s Harry Potter seder was a resounding
success, as it too told the Passover story in an extremely engaging
way.  We had to top it with a theme that truly excited our students.
Thanks to our amazing faculty who pulled off yet another amazing
Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from grades
kindergarten through fifth. The school delivers a whole-child education fostering
academic excellence and character education rooted in Jewish values. Jewish Academy
of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools.  Beginning in fall
of 2019, the school will offer a transitional kindergarten.