Sep 18 2015
Jersey City’s school board decided against adding an Islamic holiday to its official school closure list. The board met on Thursday to discuss the vote on closing school on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha.
NJ.com NBC New York reported that some Jewish members of the community who attended the meeting claimed discrimination, since they do not have off for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
See video of the Muslims demanding that Jersey City schools close for two Muslim holidays HERE
On Friday, Jersey City Schools Superintendent Marcia Lyles said board members were concerned that it would be too disruptive to declare a new school holiday. She said 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.