Fall 2016 Jewish Holiday Related Absences Letter - From Rabbi Daniel Victor

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 4:06pm -- reb victor

September, 2016


Subject:             Jewish fall holidays 2016


To the school administration and teachers of (student) _______:


This is Rabbi Daniel Victor from Temple Beth-El and with this letter I ask you to join me in supporting (student)_______’s observance of his/her fall Jewish holidays.  My understanding is that (school)________ is closed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (Monday, October 3rd) and Yom Kippur (Wednesday October 12th).  However, Jewish families observe in different ways and thus, said student’s parents or guardians are choosing to keep their child home for the second day of Rosh Hashanah (Tuesday, October 4th), and (insert number of days) _____ days for the Jewish Festival of Booths – Sukkot.  Sukkot is traditionally a nine day holiday for which either the first and last, or for some the first two and last two, are “Sabbath like” days with restrictions on secular work and school.  This year these bookended days fall on Monday and Tuesday October 17th & 18th and then Monday and Tuesday October 24th & 25th.  On the intermediate days (5 days or 7 days) there are no work or school restrictions. 


The holidays traditionally begin at sundown the night before and conclude after sundown following the one or two days of the festival observances.  During this time individuals and families attend worship services, spend holiday time with family and community, and refrain from work and other commercial activities.  Though missing class time, (student) _________ will do all he/she has to, to keep up with his/her studies.


I thank you for your understanding, 


Rabbi Daniel Victor


Rabbi Daniel Victor