Scheduling, decorations, and inclusivity: The December Dilemma

Dear Friends,

The winter holiday season often raises questions about how best to address inclusivity and accommodation in your organization. Whether your organization is considering which holidays to acknowledge and how, what holiday decorations are appropriate to put up, or how to host a celebration that’s inclusive for all, you’re likely to encounter the December Dilemma this season! Here at Tanenbaum, we believe this time is an opportunity to learn about and embrace our diversity.

Our December Dilemma Fact Sheet will address questions about time off and scheduling, decorations, and holiday greetings.

There are plenty of opportunities for education and celebration, beginning with Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and even Lunar New Year in early 2021.

In peace,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

An Upcoming Festival of Lights

Dear Friends,

Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is fast approaching! This year, Diwali will take place on November 14th. Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists around the world celebrate this New Year festival. Diwali is also an official holiday in a number of countries in South Asia and around the world.

To learn more about Diwali and its potential workforce implications, please consult our Diwali Fact Sheet.

Warm regards,

In Friendship,

Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

More than just a day for trick-or-treating

Friends –

More than just a day for trick-or-treating and parades, Halloween may have origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s also far from the only important holiday that occurs during this time of year. Holidays such as Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day also have a great deal of meaning for those who celebrate.

Learn more about the importance of these upcoming holidays in Tanenbaum’s new Halloween Fact Sheet.

In Friendship,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

Read Our New Fact Sheet on Death & Mourning

In times of ongoing uncertainty, workplaces are not immune from the impacts of COVID-19 and end of life experiences. To support you and your colleagues as you support one another, Tanenbaum’s newest resource is available for all. Addressing the rituals of death and mourning across religions, with an emphasis on the ongoing impact of COVID-19, our fact sheet can provide you with information and ideas in handling difficult conversations around death and mourning in the workplace.

Read, download, and share our Death & Mourning fact sheet today!

 


 

Jewish Holy Days are Around the Corner

Dear Tanenbaum Community,

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) will take place this year September 18 – September 20 and September 27-28, respectively. Together, these are known as the High Holy Days and are often regarded as the most important of all Jewish holidays.

Employees observing these holidays may require time off to attend services and celebrate with family and friends. Holidays like these are amazing opportunities to learn about traditions with which we may not be familiar! Learn more about both holidays and a few other seasonal holidays in Tanenbaum’s Jewish Fall Holidays fact sheet. Shana tova and a sweet new year to all!

In peace,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Healing as a Community

Dear Tanenbaum Community –

On August 11 and 12, 2017, a “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally was held in Charlottesville. Violent factions of the neo-Nazi movement converged with a new generation of internet trolls, spilling onto the streets of Charlottesville, Va., in the largest gathering of white supremacists the United States had seen in two decades.

In the last few years, activists and faith groups have worked to find ways forward, while continuing to reflect on the long history that led to that tragic day. At Tanenbaum, we’d like to offer some resources for that work and reflection:

Listen/Watch:

Read:

  • Charlottesville Case: Sines vs. Kessler: Learn about the “once in a generation, trial that will fundamentally change our nation.” Integrity First for America is taking on the leadership of the violent white nationalist movement – sending a clear message that violent hate has no place in our country.
  • White Supremacy: An Overview: Learn more about the varied white supremacist movements and groups.
  • Anti-Semitism: What, Where and Why: Understand the historical impact of Unite the Right protestors chanting, “Jews will not replace us.”

Act:

  • Religious & Spiritual Approaches to Anti-Racism: Religious and spiritual communities are actively engaged in anti-racism work. This fact sheet highlights organizations and initiatives working to move the needle toward justice. Consider joining efforts to engage with anti-racism work beyond social media.
  • Five Ways to Counter Extremists on Social Media: A “How To” resource sheet for rising above social media extremists and right-wing hate groups. During this extended period of physical distancing, the power of social media is greater than ever before! Learn how to disrupt these hashtag echo chambers!
  • Five Ways to Combat Anti-Semitism NOW!: A resource for learning about and combating anti-Semitism.

We are all responsible for building a world that promotes justice and builds respect for people of all religious beliefs, together.

In Solidarity,

Rev. Mark E. Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


Photo: Clergy marching in Charlottesville, VA. Image: Jordy Yager

Eid al-Adha: A Day of Significance

Dear Friends,

Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) celebrates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son when ordered to do so by God. In 2020, this Muslim holiday will be observed in the U.S. between sundown on July 31st and sundown on August 3rd. The date may be different in other countries, as the sighting of the new moon will determine the start of the holiday.

Eid al-Adha is of great significance within Islam and employees may request time off. Please review and share Tanenbaum’s fact sheet for more information on the holiday’s workplace implications, appropriate greetings, and more!

In peace,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

Learn More about Pioneer Day

Dear Friends,

Did you know that July 24th is Pioneer Day? This holiday is one of the major holidays of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The day commemorates the arrival of Brigham Young and his followers to Salt Lake Valley and is often observed with parades, fireworks, and Old West reenactments. Check out our Pioneer Day Fact Sheet to learn more about the holiday’s history, its significance, and how the holiday may impact the workplace,

In friendship,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


Photo: Pioneer Day at Liberty Presbyterian Church

Ramadan is on the Horizon

Dear Friends,

In these trying times, sometimes it can be reassuring to engage in or learn about the traditions and rituals of our friends and colleagues. The holy month of Ramadan will begin soon and, this year, it will begin on the evening of April 23rd and end on May 24th.

Muslim employees observing Ramadan may be fasting during this period. Some may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe and your company may find that more employees require space or time for prayer during this period.

To learn about additional tips and considerations regarding scheduling, dietary restrictions, and greetings, read and circulate our Ramadan Fact Sheet.

Warm regards,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO


Photos by: 1. Haidan 2. Moderntime 

New Season, New Year: Naw Ruz

Dear Friends,

With the spring equinox comes Naw Ruz, the Bahá’í New Year festival! The holiday celebrates the spring season and has been fixed at March 21st for those celebrating outside of Iran.

The Bahá’í Faith is the second most widespread religion in the world in terms of geographical reach. So wherever you are in the world, you may know or work with someone celebrating Naw Ruz!

Take a look at our Naw Ruz Fact Sheet for more information about this holiday, the Bahá’í faith, and the potential workplace implications of Naw Ruz.

In peace,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum