Support Jewish Students at NYU: Cancel Class for the Jewish High Holidays

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Make the academic calendar and NYU more sensitive to Jewish students on campus through the recognition of Jewish holidays.

       Currently, NYU does not cancel class for any Jewish holidays. Both NYC public schools and CUNY schools cancel class for the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. While there are several holidays beyond the two, having classes canceled for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the Fall semester would be a valuable change. CUNY is a university system in NYC, as is NYU. NYU often looks to NYC public schools for weather-related school closings and, in certain cases, can look to them for religious closings as well. NYU's Jewish community extends from faculty to students. According to Hillel statistics, NYU has the most Jewish students out of any private university in the U.S. Hillel statistics also note that from approximately one in seven to as many as over one in four students at NYU are Jewish, so this issue affects a considerable amount of students.

       As the University Senate is contemplating the academic calendar, recognizing Jewish holidays by canceling class for the relatively few days of the Jewish High Holidays would demonstrate that NYU cares about its Jewish student population, one of the largest in the country.

       The University Senate is voting on the academic calendar for the next three years on March 30th, underscoring the urgency of this matter. We support NYU canceling classes for the Jewish High Holidays.

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