After backlash, NJ school won’t close for Islamic holiday

After backlash, NJ school won’t close for Islamic holiday

[Ed. – This is an update to an earlier story.]

Jersey City’s school board decided against adding an Islamic holiday to its official school closure list after backlash from the Jewish community, according to NBC New York.

The board met on Thursday to discuss the vote on closing school on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha,  an idea some school officials previously spoke of warmly, given the community’s large Muslim population. The city has already established this holiday and Diwali as city holidays.

But NBC New York reported that Jewish members of the community claimed discrimination, since they do not have off for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

On Friday, Jersey City Schools Superintendent Marcia Lyles issued a statement, saying that “despite the outcome, I believe the discussion re-affirmed our commitment to recognizing and honoring the rich cultural and religious diversity of the Jersey City community.”

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