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Observing The Upcoming Jewish Holidays

September 2018

Dear Faculty/Staff/Parents/Guardians/Students:

I hope everyone has had a successful start to the year.

As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

In 2018, the Rosh Hashanah holiday observance begins at sundown on the evening of Sunday, September 9, continues through Monday, September 10, and ends at sundown on Tuesday, September 11.  It is important to note that observances during the day typically include synagogue services followed by family gatherings. Virtually all Jewish students and staff members will begin observing on Sunday evening and most will be absent on Monday, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Some will be absent in observance of the second, Tuesday, as well.

Therefore, scheduling of school tests and quizzes should be avoided for Monday and Tuesday and no homework should be due on those days. Students should be given ample opportunity to make up work they have missed during their absence(s) for religious observances.

Yom Kippur, which is also during the week this year, begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 18th and ends at sundown on Wednesday, September 19th .  Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, requires a 24-hour fast of those who observe, and is generally followed after sundown with a “break fast” meal, traditionally held with family and friends. Observant Jews will not be able to do any work during this time.  Students would not be able to study for tests given on Thursday, September 20th and would also need extensions on any assigned homework for Thursday, as well.

I would like to thank everyone in advance for being sensitive and accommodating to our families during these holy days.

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Richards, Principal

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