An Opportunity to Learn: Eid al-Adha


Dear Friends,

This year, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha will be observed in the U.S. between sundown on August 10th and sundown on August 11th. 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 (Festival of Sacrifice) celebrates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son when ordered to do so by God.

As Eid al-Adha is of great significance within Islam, employees may request time off and businesses within Muslim-majority countries may be closed. For more information about the holiday, including background information and appropriate greetings, please read and share Tanenbaum’s fact sheet on Eid al-Adha.

In peace,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Tanenbaum’s 2019 Religious Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Tanenbaum held its fourth annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit (the Summit) on June 19, 2019, tackling the theme of “innovating religious diversity in the workplace.” Programming included dynamic speakers and engaging panel discussions that highlighted the work of leaders in the religious diversity and inclusion space.

Missed this year’s Summit? Keep an eye out for additional content and details about next year’s event!

Pioneer Day is Almost Here!

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 is often observed with parades, fireworks, and Old West reenactments to commemorate the arrival of Brigham Young and his followers to Salt Lake Valley. To learn more about the history and significance of Pioneer Day, as well as how the holiday may impact the workplace, read our Pioneer Day Fact Sheet.

In friendship,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


Photo: Ken Lund

Holidays Happening This Week

Dear Friends, 

The Hindu festival of Holi is this week! Holi is often called the festival of colors, because “playing Holi” means flinging colors. This year Holi will take place on March 20th – 21st. Take a look at our new Holi Fact Sheet for more information about the holiday and the potential workplace implications of Holi.

We also want to remind you all that this week is filled with holidays for a variety of different faiths! Here’s a reminder to take a look at the Naw Ruz Fact Sheet we sent out on February 21st as well. The Jewish holiday of Purim and the Sikh holiday of Hola Mohalla also fall this week. We look forward to sharing fact sheets on these holidays next year. Consider also consulting the ADL’s 2019 Calendar of Observances to see what other holidays are coming up.

Sincerely,  

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


Image: Steven Garner

Spring is Busy! Here’s How to be Prepared

Dear Friends, 

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

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
 

Image: Jarni Poupata

Naw Ruz: Celebrating the Bahá’í New Year

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.

Warm regards,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum 
 

 Photo: The Iran Project

How We Show Up At Work and Make Room for Difference

Tanenbaum Deputy CEO, Mark Fowler

Dear Friends,

I recently was profiled by Lower Manhattan HeadQuarters (LMHQ) in their monthly Q+A segment about all things Tanenbaum and all things me. As Deputy-CEO for Tanenbaum I am tasked with overseeing all of Tanenbaum’s program areas, along with fund development and communications. But the longest section of my early career began in public education and working with at-risk youth. I’m also an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister and graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City, a journey I embarked on while working at Tanenbaum.

These experiences and others, affect how I show up at work daily. Now that I’m in a position of leadership, I try to be very aware that we have to be willing to accommodate the whole person at work. My experiences continue to inform and help me work to create an environment where people feel cared for, respected, and a part of the team. A place where a person’s truth can be told.

I invite you to watch the full interview now and let us know what you think.

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

The December Dilemma – An Opportunity for Inclusion!

Dear Friends,

The winter holiday season often raises questions about workplace inclusivity and accommodation. Perhaps your office is considering which holidays to address, which holiday decorations are appropriate to use, or how to create a holiday or Christmas party that is inclusive to all. Whatever the case may be for you and your company, there’s an opportunity to practice inclusion by addressing the December Dilemma head on!

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

There are plenty of opportunities for education and celebration, beginning with Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas (both on the Julian and Gregorian calendars), Kwanzaa, and then the Lunar New Year in February 2019!

Warm regards,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

A Fall Festival of Lights

Dear Friends,

Did you know that Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, will take place on November 7th? Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists around the world celebrate this New Year festival for a variety of different reasons.
 
Diwali is an official holiday in a number of countries in South Asia and across the globe, so your offices in those locations may be closed or have shorter work days. Check out our Diwali Fact Sheet to learn more about the festival and potential implication for your workplace.
 
In friendship,
 
Deputy CEO,
Mark Fowler
 

Photos L to R: Khorkarahman, Wikimedia Commons; Srijan Kundu, Flickr; Mitacmaitra, Pixabay

A Sweet New Year!

Dear Friends,

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will take place this year September 9th–11th and September 18th–19th, 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. And holidays are amazing opportunities to learn about traditions with which we may not be familiar. Learn more about both holidays in Tanenbaum’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Fact Sheet. Shana tova!

In friendship,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


Photo: Apples and Honey, Elanas Pantry