Backstage Travels

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Today I was paid to be Jewish.

on December 9, 2012

Well, sort of.

My department, Entertainment, also includes the social hosts, who are responsible for activities around the ship. It also turns out that they are responsible for lighting the menorah and asking if anyone would be interested in leading the prayers.

At our last department meeting, our Cruise Director asked if there was anyone who was Jewish. Everyone pointed at me. Yep. The only one in our who department.

So, I got a phone call today from the Assistant Cruise Director telling me that the host assigned to it was kind of terrified to do it alone, so I’ve been recruited to light the menorah and lead the prayers. And that’s why I was clocked in purely because I was brought up Jewish.

So Happy Hanukkah, everyone.

Don’t worry, I also do Christmas. My mother was Southern Baptist. (Between that and the Jewish side, and then I went to a Catholic university…well, let’s just say I’ve been expose to the Guilt Trifecta.) So yay for presents!

Oh and they served latkes (that I was allowed to eat–I asked before just taking one). They were weird. They looked like regular pancakes, but they tasted like latkes. Usually the latkes we make at home look more like hashbrowns. They were pretty good. Like, they tried. I wonder what they’d do for Passover. Crew meals would probably not change at all. Which is unfortunate, because really, the only thing that I’ve found to be consistently edible is the break and packaged cereal.


In the spirit of Hanukkah, I will give you the link to two of my favourite Hanukkah songs. Really, they’re worth a listen (if perhaps a little dated by pop-culture standards).


Hey Ya (Hanukkah Style)
(You don’t have to download to listen)

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