rosh hashanah

September 7, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

5 Things to Know Today, Sept. 7, In Montgomery County

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 7 and it is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Enjoy the celebrations! Here are five things to know in Montgomery County: 1. Gaithersburg Book Festival 2022:  The Gaithersburg Book Festival announced it will be held on May 21, 2022. Now is the opportunity to apply to be a featured speaker […]

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August 12, 2021 | Madelyn Willoughby

No School for MCPS Students the Day After Labor Day

Students and staff will be off on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The MCPS 2021-2022 school year calendar, adopted by the Board of Education on March 23, lists the day after Labor Day as a non-instructional day. It falls on Rosh Hashanah. Classes will begin before Labor Day for the second year in a row, starting on Monday, […]

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October 11, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

School Board Faces Challenges for 2018-2019 School Year Calendar

The Montgomery County School Board will have to make a tough decision for the 2018 -2019 school year calendar if Governor Larry Hogan denies the board’s request to extend the school year calendar. An executive order by Hogan requires Maryland schools to start after Labor Day and end by June 14 with a minimum of […]

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October 11, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Free Yom Kippur Services at Chabad of Aspen Hill in Rockville

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, according to Rabbi Levi Raskin of Chabad of Aspen Hill in Rockville. Recognizing that it can often be expensive to experience Yom Kippur, Chabad of Aspen Hill is offering free services for all ages in the community. “While some may […]

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October 4, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Residents Celebrate Last Day of Rosh Hashanah

Residents in Montgomery County are observing the last day of Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday which literally means “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah lasts for two days. This year it began on at sundown on Sunday, October 2 and ends Tuesday, October 4 at sundown. “The […]

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September 15, 2015 | Aline Barros

Observing Rosh Hashanah in Montgomery County

Rosh Hashanah, the new Jewish New Year, is celebrated  sundown on Sept. 13 to the evening of Sept. 15. Synagogues in Montgomery County are hosting services for adults and children. “Rosh Hashanah … is a wonderful time for our congregation and guests to come together. Rosh Hashanah is a time for reflection and rejuvenation,” said Rabbi […]

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November 11, 2014 | Krista Brick

Board of Education Table photo

MCPS Removes All References to Religion on School Calendar

Next year’s Montgomery County schools’ calendar will list days off of school but will not associate those days with specific religious holidays. That’s the decision of the Montgomery County Board of Education in a vote of 7-1 (with Mike Durso dissenting). Board member Rebecca Smondrowski made the motion Tuesday afternoon that deletes any mention of […]

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November 11, 2014 | Krista Brick

Proposed School Calendar Removes Jewish Holiday, Keeps Muslim Holiday Off

Students may still be off school when the Jewish holidays of  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are  celebrated next year, but they may not be listed on the calendar that way. The Montgomery County Board of Education is considering a change to next year’s school calendar that would leave off the name of these two Jewish holidays […]

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