Nashville Jewish Holiday Calendar by jcpainfo

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									Observance of
     Jewish Holidays
By Jewish Students and Teachers
                                                                                                 Four-Year
     During the School Year
     One of the great features of our American
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democracy is the respect our Constitution accords
for all religions. Our founding fathers recognized
that there is great value in the citizens of our
nation following the dictates of their conscience.
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At the same time our founding fathers recognized
how important it is not to impose a unified state
religious practice on everyone.
     In this spirit, the Community Relations
                                                                                                 Holy Days
Committee of the Jewish Federation of Nashville
and Middle Tennessee (CRC) hopes that Jewish
students and teachers will find a respectful
atmosphere for their religious observance.
     Each year the response of many schools to
Jewish holidays causes discomfort and
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misunderstanding for many Jewish students and
school authorities in the Nashville and Middle
Tennessee area. The Community Relations
Committee of the Jewish Federation of Nashville
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believes the following information will be helpful
in alleviating some of these problems.
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     According to biblical and rabbinic precepts,      or have questions about these holidays,
there are certain holy days on which Jews are                        please call
commanded “no manner of work.” For Jews,                    Jewish Federation of Nashville
therefore, proper observance of these holy days                 and Middle Tennessee
would preclude their attendance at school.                                 at
Students will spend these days in religious                         615-356-3242
observance.                                                                                             A Service of the
     Because Jews use a calendar based on 12                                                      Community Relations Committee
lunar months for religious purposes, the secular
dates of Jewish holy days may vary from year to            Jewish Federation of Nashville
year by as much as a month.                                     & Middle Tennessee
     School officials should be aware that there are      801 Percy Warner Blvd., Suite 102
different traditions within Judaism that affect                 Nashville, TN 37205
school absences. For example, almost all Jews will              Phone: 615-356-3242
observe the first day of Rosh Hashanah as well as                 Fax: 615-352-0056
Yom Kippur, while some Jews will observe, in                  www.jewishnashville.org
addition, four days of Sukkot and Passover and a
second day of Rosh Hashanah. The smaller
number of students who observe these additional
days should not lessen the significance of their
absence. Again, we wish to underscore the fact
that although Jews have different levels of
observance, our concern is that all Jews observing
holidays find respect and understanding from the
schools which they attend.
                                                   Four-Year Calendar of Jewish Holy Days
     Shabbat             Rosh Hashanah        Yom Kippur                  Sukkot*                 Chanukah                  Pesach*                   Shavout
                                                                                                                              Passover
       Sabbath            Jewish New Year      Day of Atonement         Festival of Booths       Festival of Lights                                 Festival of Weeks
                                                                                                                         Festival of Freedom
  One of the holiest       Begins 10 days    Most solemn holy day,     Celebrates the har-         Festive holiday       Commemorates the          Takes place seven
  days of the Jewish       of repentance.     devoted to praying      vest, Shemini Atzeret     commemorates the        ancient Israelites’ de-   weeks after Passover,
   weekly calendar.               •               and fasting.         and Simchat Torah.       rededication of the    liverance from Egypt-      and marks the giving
  Many Jews refrain      IMPORTANT NOTE:               •                         •                 Holy Temple in         ian bondage. This         of the five books
from work and school        ANTICIPATE        IMPORTANT NOTE:          Sukkot is followed        Jerusalem after a      8-day observance in-        of Moses (Torah)
      activities.          WIDESPREAD            ANTICIPATE            by Shemini Atzeret        successful revolt      cludes restrictive di-         on Mt. Sinai.
           •                 ABSENCE            WIDESPREAD             and Simchat Torah       against Syrian-Greek           etary rules.                   •
  Observance begins                                ABSENCE               celebrating the            conquerors.                    •                    Shavout is
at sunset every Friday                                                  conclusion of the                 •                  The “Seder,”           Confirmation day
and extends to sunset                                                 reading of the Torah     Chanukah, celebrated      a symbolic meal, is      for some graduating
      Saturday.                                                           and renewing             each night for       held in homes on the         religious school
                                                                             the cycle.           eight nights, is a       first two nights.              students.
                                                                                                 minor holiday and
                                                                                                     REQUIRES
                                                                                                  NO ABSENCES.


      School Year              Shabbat       Rosh Hashanah           Yom Kippur              Sukkot*           Chanukah              Pesach*              Shavout

  2012-                     Sunset Every
                              Friday to
                                                September
                                                   17-18
                                                                  September 26           October 1, 2
                                                                                             and
                                                                                                               December
                                                                                                                 8-16
                                                                                                                                 March 26, 27 –
                                                                                                                                   April 1, 2
                                                                                                                                                         May 15-16


    2013                   Sunset Saturday                                               October 8, 9



  2013-                     Sunset Every
                              Friday to
                                                September
                                                   5-6
                                                                  September 14        September 19, 20 November 27 -
                                                                                            and         December 5
                                                                                                                                  April 15, 16–
                                                                                                                                  April 21, 22
                                                                                                                                                         June 4-5


    2014                   Sunset Saturday                                            September 26, 27



  2014-                     Sunset Every
                              Friday to
                                                September
                                                  25-26
                                                                     October 4          October 9, 10
                                                                                            and
                                                                                                               December
                                                                                                                 16-24
                                                                                                                                   April 4-5 –
                                                                                                                                   April 10, 11
                                                                                                                                                        May 24-25


    2015                   Sunset Saturday                                              October 16, 17



  2015-                     Sunset Every
                              Friday to
                                                September
                                                  14-15
                                                                  September 23 September 28, 29
                                                                                     and
                                                                                                               December
                                                                                                                 7-14
                                                                                                                                 April 23, 24 –
                                                                                                                                 April 29, 30
                                                                                                                                                         June 12-13


    2016                   Sunset Saturday                                       October 5, 6

                               *The first day and last two days of these Holy Days have greater religious restrictions attached.
                              REMEMBER THAT EACH HOLIDAY BEGINS AT SUNSET ON THE DAY BEFORE IT IS LISTED ABOVE.

								
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