Current Updates from CRC
Currently, CRC is heavily involved in getting Jewish Holidays recognized within the Orange County School system and the greater community. They have just released the 2010 six year calendar of Jewish holidays (click here to download a copy of this calendar), distributing it to five public school districts, the Florida High School Athletic Association, several private schools, and some government officials. It is an important document to help our community plan for important events, exams, and activities at times when Jewish students and personnel can participate. Several recipients of these calendars have expressed appreciation for expediting their planning process.
In a similar vein, CRC is currently working with the Orange County Schools Calendar Task Force helping to set their school calendar for the next two years. We have requested that either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur be designated as a day off and that is now under consideration by the School Board. Seminole County Public Schools has graciously closed on those days for many years, and we’re hopeful that Orange County will soon do the same. Barbara Weinreich, CRC’s chair and a member of this Task Force, has stated “our responsibility is to show community support for this breakthrough by encouraging people to call, write, or e-mail the Orange County School administrators asking that they show sensitivity for our religious obligations.” CRC continues to be involved in issues of bias and bigotry, and alerts the Jewish community when matters that affect Jewish well-being require communicating with government officials.
CRC and the Jewish Federation were sponsors for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). We gave $1000 from previous year’s accruals for this program and we were credited with sponsoring the stage. We also provided several volunteers for a very meaningful celebration of
CRC declined two invitations this month after considerable thought. The National Day of Prayer, taking place at
CRC continues to forward communications from our various mentors that urge political action on matters of
We responded to a parent of a
Shani Lucas heard from the Orange County Public Schools’ calendar group. They were planning open houses during the week of September 13th. When asked, she told them that while Yom Kippur falls on Saturday, 9/18, the holiday actually begins Friday night. They said that they would make a note of that and would inform staff and teachers not to plan evening events on that Friday. That they showed interest and awareness is a good step forward.
In accordance with a survey of CRC members, meetings will no longer be held monthly, but only when there is a need.