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

 


 

The Festival of Colors: Holi is Almost Here!

Dear Friends,

The Hindu festival of Holi is coming up in a few short weeks. Holi is often called the festival of colors, because “playing Holi” means flinging colors. This year, Holi will take place on March 9th and 10th and, depending on where it’s being celebrated, may last one or two days.

Due to your location, workforce, or clientele, you may experience the impact of Holi on the workplace more so than some. To be prepared, and for more information about the holiday and potential workplace implications, take a look at our new Holi Fact Sheet!

In peace,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Photo: Steven Garner

Lunar New Year is around the corner

Dear friends,

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is coming up on January 25th! The holiday is celebrated by many across Asia and around the world.

Observances of Lunar New Year vary throughout the world, with a common theme of celebrating time together and gathering with family. Employees may require time off and organizations should be aware of the holiday’s business implications.

Learn more from our Lunar New Year Fact Sheet!

In friendship,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


 

Our 2020 Resolutions

Friends—

At Tanenbaum, we’re excited to welcome 2020 with you — by sharing our New Year’s Resolutions from diverse religions, beliefs and traditions.

The following words of wisdom inspire us to create change, one day at a time. We hope they inspire you as well,

Joyce S. Dubensky
CEO, Tanenbaum

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SHARED VISIONS

FOR 2020, TANENBAUM RESOLVES…

To Live the Golden Rule
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
Christianity, Matthew 7:12

To Embrace Religious Differences
Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.
The Bahá’í Faith, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Bishárát

To Act Virtuously
Cultivate virtue in yourself, And it will be true.
Taoism, Tao Te Ching chapter 54

To Respect the Earth 
Ether, air, fire, water, earth, planets, all creatures, directions, trees and plants, rivers and seas, they are all organs of God’s body. Remembering this a devotee respects all species.
Hinduism, Srimad Bhagavatam (2.2.41)

To Treat the Stranger with Kindness
And a stranger shalt thou not wrong, neither shalt thou oppress him; for ye were strangers in the land
of Egypt.
Judaism, Exodus 22:20

To Challenge Fake News
I replied thus: I am Zoroaster, the staunch enemy of liars and falsehood. I shall fight against liars as long as I have strength and shall uphold truth and righteous people whole heartedly.
Zoroastrianism, Yasna 43 (Verse 8)

To Advocate for Justice
O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just.
Islam, Sahih International 4:135

To Speak with Honesty and Compassion
Speak only that which will bring you honor.
Sikhism, Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

To Practice Nonviolence 
One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble. Buddhism, Dhammapada (Verse 270)

To Make Peace Possible
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Confucianism, Confucius

 


 

The New Faces of Human Rights

Friends –

Human Rights is more than a theory. It’s a vision and a responsibility. Just ask the newest generation of human rights activists—Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, Emma Gonzalez, Marley Dias, Joshua Wong—youth leaders having real impact.

They know that social justice is furthered through actions both small and large, by each of us. That’s why we’re calling on the Tanenbaum community to take small actions to tackle one of our biggest problems: Extremism and Fake News on Social Media.

Misinformation is the enemy of mutual understanding. Fake news causes viewers to react rather than reflect, disarming us with algorithms and exaggerated emotion. That’s why recognizing and combating fake news matters. It’s one of the easiest ways to engage in social action.

At Tanenbaum, we provide “how-to” resources for recognizing extremism and fake news on social media and for countering it.

Arm yourself with knowledge, resources and know that universal human rights begin with you, in small places, close to home.

We can do it together,

Joyce

 


Image: Callum Shaw

Scheduling, greetings, décor, oh my!

Dear Friends,

As the winter months are fast approaching, we look forward to the light and joy that comes with celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. All three holidays begin within days of one another this year and also may bring challenges that impact the workplace.

Whether it’s concerns of scheduling, greetings, decor, or associated stressors, this busy time of year can be complicated to navigate. To help you feel more prepared, we have fact sheets on each holiday that you can refer to for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the December Dilemma.

If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch and we can talk through potential solutions to support you and your workplace.

In peace,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Holidays in the Hospital

As the end of the year approaches, whether you are decorating a tree with colorful lights, lighting a menorah, or burning a Yule log, it’s important to keep in mind that while holidays are an opportunity to celebrate culturally and religiously significant events, they are also an opportunity to learn more about traditions that are unfamiliar to us.

Tanenbaum likes to call this stretch of holidays the “December Dilemma,” as this convergence can often result in misunderstandings, miscommunication, and marginalization of less familiar traditions. There is no space in which this is more important than the hospital, where patients and their families may adhere to certain celebratory beliefs and practices that impact their care. For example, when observing Yom Kippur, which usually falls in September or October, many Jewish patients engage in fasting, prayer, and reflection. This could impact scheduling appointments, medication intake, and other dietary needs or concerns. Similar considerations also apply to Muslim patients observing the holy month of Ramadan.

Additionally, hospital staff and co-workers may also have certain religious and cultural practices that could impact scheduling, diet, and religious/cultural expression. In 24-hour workplaces, it is already difficult to try to schedule meetings with staff, provide food that everyone can eat, and ensure that requests for time off are accommodated. The holiday season can further complicate this when workplaces often have holiday celebrations and many staff members request off to celebrate with their friends and family. In order to better navigate these situations, Tanenbaum has put together some recommendations and resources, so you can proactively and respectfully address issues and conflicts that arise!

First, it is important to be aware of the holidays that may fall in or around December.

These include:

Eid al-Fitr, a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith. The Eid has shifting dates, and although it has fallen over the summer during recent years (it will fall in early-June in 2019), it can fall much later in the calendar and is, therefore, a holiday to consider in thinking about the December Dilemma.

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. This five-day celebration usually falls in October or November. In 2019, Diwali begins on October 27th and ends on October 31st.

Bodhi Day, a Buddhist holiday celebrating Siddhartha Guatama’s (the Buddha’s) realization and presentation to his fellow seekers of the Four Noble Truths. Bodhi Day is traditionally celebrated on December 8th (the 8th day of the 12th lunar month).

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. This eight-day holiday can fall in late November, December, or occasionally early January. In 2019, Hanukkah will start at sundown on December 22nd and end at sundown on December 30th.

Christmas, a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th by Christians who use the Gregorian calendar. Christians using the Julian calendar—many of whom are Eastern Orthodox Christians—celebrate Christmas on December 25th on the Julian calendar, which translates into January 7th on the Gregorian calendar.

Kwanzaa, a week-long secular holiday honoring African-American heritage. This holiday is observed from December 26th through January 1st each year by some African-Americans in the United States.

The Lunar New Year, a traditional Chinese holiday marking the end of winter that falls sometime during January or February (in 2020, it falls on January 25th). The Lunar New Year is an East and South East Asian celebration. In China, it is known as the “Spring Festival” and marks the end of the winter season.

Yule, a Wiccan or Pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice, will occur (in the northern hemisphere) on December 21, 2019. Yule celebrates the rebirth of the sun, the beginning of the time when the days will become longer, and welcomes the bounty of spring.

Second, it is also a good idea to download an interfaith calendar, like the one provided by Harvard Divinity School, so your calendar can make you aware of upcoming events and celebrations. For more recommendations and tips for navigating the December Dilemma, please refer to our December Dilemma resource, our religious factsheets, or our Tips for Respectful Communication.

May you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

Warmest regards,

The Tanenbaum Health Care Team