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

The World Around Us: Live Webinar Wednesday, May 27th

The World Around Us
Lessons from Combating Supremacism for the Religiously Inclusive Workplace

LIVE WEBINAR: https://tiny.cc/0mbwoz
Wednesday, May 27th | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Mark Fowler, Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum
Arno Michaelis, author of My Life After Hate/ co-author of The Gift of Our Wounds.

Join Tanenbaum Deputy CEO, Rev. Mark Fowler and Arno Michaelis, author of My Life After Hate and co-author of The Gift of Our Wounds, to better understand what hate and supremacism look like today. This conversation will draw on Arno’s insights as a current leader in the peacebuilding field and the former founder of a worldwide skinhead organization. Learn more about how workplaces are impacted in the current socio-political environment and how they can respond.

Click here to register for the webinar today!

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 

Leveraging Religious Diversity: Live Webinar Thursday, March 26th!

LEVERAGING RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY:
Lessons Learned from Workplace Chaplains
During COVID-19 Outbreak

LIVE WEBINAR: https://tinyurl.com/t239pn3
Thursday, March 26th | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Mark Fowler, Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum
Karen Diefendorf, Director, Chaplain Services Tyson Foods

Join Tanenbaum Deputy CEO, Rev. Mark Fowler, as he interviews Karen Diefendorf, Director of Chaplain Services at Tyson Foods in a session in partnership with Diversity Best Practices. Karen will discuss the ways in which Tyson chaplains are supporting the company’s employees as the COVID-19 outbreak reshapes the workplace. This conversation will highlight the invaluable contributions of workplace chaplains during these trying times. Learn more about available resources and better practices for supporting your employees of all faiths and none!

Click here to download our PDF flyer

 

Spring is Around the Corner but First, Let’s Celebrate!

Dear Friends,

Holidays arise throughout the year and spring is filled with them! From March through May, many around the world this year will be observing Vaisakhi, Passover, Easter, and Ramadan.

This week and next is particularly full of holidays that are celebrated by a number of faiths! Earlier this week was the Hindu holiday Holi (which you can read more about in our Holi Fact Sheet), the Jewish holiday Purim, and the Sikh holiday Holla Mohalla. And next week is the Baha’i new year Naw Ruz (which you can learn more about in our Naw Ruz Fact Sheet). With so many holidays in such a short time period, it can be hard to keep them straight. Our fact sheets can help, however, as can the Tanenbaum staff.

You can learn about each of these holidays, their impact on the workplace, and more by visiting Tanenbaum’s Workplace Resources page for fact sheets and additional resources.

In friendship,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Photo: Sergey Shmidt

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


 

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