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Litchfield schools will no longer get Jewish holiday off (VIDEO)
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Posted on 02/02/2012 6:02:13 PM PST by matt04

Starting in September, schools in Litchfield will no longer get Jewish holidays off.

In a 5-to-3 vote, the school boar ruled not to observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Supporters say it's a fair decision to the majority of students who are not Jewish.

Opponents say it's creating a sense of intolerance.

According to a school board member who voted against the measure, Litchfield schools were once called out for not being culturally sensitive enough. She argues this latest measure is proof of that.

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"Litchfield once again demonstrates its lack of cultural sensitivity and lack of flexibility when it comes to respecting the need of minority population families to balance ethnic and religious views with the demands of a rigorous education," Jenkins said.

Jewish students who take off during those holidays will get an excused absence, but some parents say that is not the only problem.

They say teachers schedule exams or major assignments right around that time and their children have to fight to catch up.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: ct; litchfield
Most schools don't expressly say time off is due to a religious holiday, i.e "winter break" instead of "Christmas vacation."

Secondly, I have had plenty of exams and projects scheduled to be due or require work near Christian holidays in middle/high school and College.

1 posted on 02/02/2012 6:02:15 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

I’m assuming this isn’t Litchfield Michigan.

That’s Amish country. LOL


2 posted on 02/02/2012 6:05:26 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: matt04

As long as the school does not penalize students, who needs this time off to honour their faith, I’m ok with it.

Same goes for all religious holidays. If you need it off, take it off. Schools should not penalize students for this. But it is the responsibility of the students to bear their homework load when they take these days off.


3 posted on 02/02/2012 6:15:21 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: matt04

I guarantee you that Litchfield schools will openly discriminate against both Christian and Jewish students. They will not blink a second when it comes to making sure all students are indoctrinated with Sharia law and sensitivity to our Muslim “betters.” That’s what Leftie teacher’s unions and school board enablers do. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Stupid Lefties, who’s gonna protect you when the Religion of PeaceTM members start killing you?


4 posted on 02/02/2012 6:19:26 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: matt04

However when EID or Ramadan comes along, do you want to bet that ...


5 posted on 02/02/2012 6:27:55 PM PST by SkyDancer ("Never Have Regrets Because At The Time It Was Exactly What You Wanted")
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To: MasterGunner01
I live in Litchfield County about five miles from the center of Litchfield. The town is loaded with limousine liberals. Most weekends you will see New York plates on the cars parked around the center of town. There use to be anti war protesters there on the weekends but they disappeared when Bush left office.
6 posted on 02/02/2012 6:54:46 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: matt04

Back in the day the Jewish kids just stayed out of school. Everyone knew it was their holiday. No one really gave it two thoughts. They did not miss much, and no one was punished for missing the days.

Why does everything have to be so complicated and full of drama.


7 posted on 02/02/2012 7:52:24 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: MasterGunner01

‘They will not blink a second when it comes to making sure all students are indoctrinated with Sharia law and sensitivity to our Muslim “betters.”’

Just call them and ask if they honor the Muslim holidays for Muzzie students.


8 posted on 02/02/2012 7:54:07 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: matt04
The observance of religious HOLY days are important. Have we become so secular and anti-faith that we've forgotten that?
9 posted on 02/02/2012 8:02:59 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " ....Jesus)
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To: cripplecreek

No not Michigan. My alma mater if you will. I graduated from there. It is CT.


10 posted on 02/02/2012 8:45:10 PM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: peeps36

how long have you lived there peeps? I may know you lol My brother still lives there, in eyesight of the green.


11 posted on 02/02/2012 8:47:54 PM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: cripplecreek

The sound of the jackboot is coming—Soon Antisemitism will be popular.


12 posted on 02/02/2012 9:13:55 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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Soon Antisemitism will be popular.

Soon?!?!? When was it ever NOT popular?

13 posted on 02/02/2012 9:15:33 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
If there is one thing certain about American Libs and the Left, they have made an unholy alliance with the Muslims. Libs and the Left have bestowed their holiest titles upon the poor Muslims — the title of “victim.” Being a victim absolves the recipient of all things and demonizes all who oppose the agenda. In this case the destruction of the American Republic and bringing all Americans under the new worldwide Muslim caliphate.

Between the Left and Muslims, they both will labor mightily to destroy this country from the inside using our tolerance and professed democratic ideals to do this.

If the Muslims don't get special consideration now, they will soon. Likewise, Christians and Jews will be marginalized because their beliefs and tradition make Muslims “uncomfortable.” Want to guess who wins this argument in our PC and “diversity” cancer-riddled society? If you said Muslims, you get first prize.

14 posted on 02/03/2012 12:58:31 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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It difficult to measure how many Jewish people actually live in Litchfield and therefore how many people are affected because no one here records demographics according to religion.

They'll know this year when they see how many kids stay home. Most schools with large Jewish attendance close those days because kids staying home costs state aid based on attendance days. Better to have class days with normal attendance. Presuming enough Jewish students to close on these days to begin with, it's an odd decision.

15 posted on 02/05/2012 5:06:47 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims¬óDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: matt04

I had excused absences for Jewish holidays and never found it a problem in grade school. I fail to see the big deal or why this is worth posting. If they refused to allow excused absences for a holiday, that would be a story.


16 posted on 02/05/2012 12:01:52 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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