Concern is draped around the Providence, RI Jewish leadership. They are concerned that the local school district will not recognize Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as official holidays this year.
School district officials were said to have told Jewish students that those who choose to take the days off in order to attend religious services will not face negative consequences, though this didn’t stop the officials from removing the days from the vacation calendar.
The Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, as well as Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanu-El in Providence were worried, nevertheless, that those who chose to take the days off would be subject to discrimination.
This High Holiday season will mark the first time in 30 years that the days will not be considered days off. Though Jewish students will apparently not be considered playing hookie on those days, they may be considered days missed and affect their schedules later in the year.
The reason that Providence took Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur off the table as recognized days off was not immediately apparent.