I worked in the business school office of Seton Hall University while earning my master’s degree there. I am incredibly grateful that as a Catholic university, the administration and my professors were all very accommodating to my Jewish needs. During my tenure, it became somewhat of an ongoing joke each time I notified people that I would be taking off for another Jewish holiday. Everyone understood one day for Rosh Hashanah and one day for Yom Kippur, however the possible 11 other days–not so much.
Some people were curious. They liked me to show them in The Bible the source of observances. Like for many Jews, however, the concept of second-day Yom Tovobservances by Conservative and Orthodox Jews in the diaspora was a little harder to understand.
Every year we publish a three-year calendar of Jewish holidays
with brief descriptions of how each holiday is observed. We send these calendars to local government offices, law enforcement, and school districts and ask for dissemination to teachers and athletic coaches. We, of course, know that some districts are better than others in using these materials, and we are appreciative of their efforts.
Federation’s office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 26, in celebration of the Biblically mandated 7th Day of Passover. Chag Sameach!
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