|Jewish High Holidays begin soon|
As the faculty advisor for the UND Jewish Student Organization, I would like to remind everyone that the Jewish High Holidays begin within a month. These are the most important days of the Jewish year, and, as with Easter and Christmas for Christians, even those Jews who do not regularly observe religious practices will likely observe them. Please remind all of your faculty and teaching assistants that all students who wish to observe these holidays are legally permitted to do so without ANY negative repercussions. So, please, if you have already scheduled exams or other important events on these days, make alternative arrangements with the relevant students.
The relevant dates are:
* Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year): Monday, Sept. 29 through Wednesday, Oct. 1.
* Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement): Wednesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 9. This means students would likely be gone during the weekend and return Tuesday.
Please keep in mind that the students require the time to travel to and from their family's homes. It is therefore important to add a day on either end of the holiday for this purpose (just as UND allows during Easter weekend).
If you have any question regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your understanding. -- Jack Weinstein, philosophy and religion.