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School non-holidays irk Jews, Muslims

Officials say state regs limit schedules

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On the Muslims’ biggest religious holiday of the school year, school will be in session in Schenectady. Likewise, students will be expected to show up on Rosh Hashana, a major Jewish holiday that falls the day after the first day of school. It’s not just Schenectady — most districts have school during those holidays, although Niskayuna has changed its schedule to avoid Rosh Hashana, in deference to the large number of Jewish students there. But ...

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August 5, 2013
4:47 p.m.

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Note to all teachers: there is a religious ceremony some where everyday of the year. Everybody stay home everyday.
Oh wait: there is a 'separation' of church and state.
Everyone back in school on December 25th!!

August 5, 2013
5:46 p.m.

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I can remember back in the 70's when my brother attended a SUNY school, the first year he was there, the Jewish holiday was a regular class day. The 2nd year, the classes were suspended for the Jewish holiday. So how did they make this day up? Columbus day was a regular class day. That irked my brother because Columbus day, a national 3 day weekend holiday was given up for a religious holiday of a relatively small group that some years is in the middle of the week. The USA's overwhelming majority follows some form of Christianity, so it is natural for for Christmas to be a non class day, colleges are on semester break. I believe the holiday officially is December 25th on paper. I am willing to bet that if you went to Israel where there are some Christians, institutions are only closed on only Jewish holidays.

August 5, 2013
8:53 p.m.

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I understand respecting the Jewish people but I have NO respect for Muslims. They treat people like trash and breed terrorists. Saratoga Springs schools try to work their schedule around Jewish Holidays.

August 5, 2013
8:56 p.m.

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Couldn't Kathleen find a school district that actually has Jewish students to make her point for the article. Schenectady used to have a decent amount of Jewish students, but not really anymore. If I had to guess, the current Jewish population would probably be less than half of 1 percent of the student body.

August 6, 2013
10:02 a.m.

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DakChili - read a little bit more.