South Jersey school district cuts 2 Jewish holidays from calendar

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A table is staged for a Rosh Hashana photo including a honey jar with apples

A table is staged for a Rosh Hashana photo including a honey jar with apples

A South Jersey school district has cut two Jewish holidays from its calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Cinnaminson School District Board of Education took Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur off the holiday calendar because there aren’t enough students of the faith, said board President Jean Cohen.

“We have 400 professional staff people, and 15 of our staff are Jewish,” she said. “Approximately 40 Jewish students” are enrolled in the district that has about 2,500 students, she said.

After hearing complaints, Cohen said, the board is willing to reconsider its decision — for the next school year.

“We’re going to stand on our position this year and definitely look at it for the 2017-2018 school calendar,” she said Wednesday.

Students who do observe the religious holidays will be given an excused absence.

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