Summer Days (and Nights) of Remembrance

Spring has sprung, come and gone, but summer is no exception to upcoming holidays! The next month ahead will see many people celebrating two holidays with which you may or may not be familiar. Whether you’re wondering how observance might involve the workplace, education or health care settings, each of our fact sheets includes history, background, and some guidance on greetings and potential observations.

This year, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha will be observed across multiple days, starting with sundown on July 19th until sundown on July 23rd. This festival of sacrifice celebrates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son when ordered to do so by God. Eid al-Adha is of great significance within Islam and employees may request time off to observe it. Please review and share Tanenbaum’s Eid al-Adha fact sheet for more information on the holiday’s workplace implications, appropriate greetings, and more!

Also, 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 case this only intrigues you to learn more, you can find a number of other holiday fact sheets on our Workplace Resources page. As always, if there’s any way we at Tanenbaum can be of assistance during these holiday times and beyond, please drop us a line!

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


Photo 1: Pioneers Crossing the Plains of  Nebraska by C.C.A. Christensen

Photo 2: Ahmed Aqtai

Managing Vaccines in the Workplace

COVID-19 is a daunting and overwhelming reality that companies worldwide are navigating. As vaccines are more widely available, however, companies also have innovative opportunities to design the “new normal” they want to create . . . What is your new normal?

What works best or well for one company will, of course, differ from business to business and location to location. As companies assess next steps in consultation with their legal counsel, Tanenbaum recommends that, at the very least, it is prudent to proactively encourage employees to get vaccinated. As the information continues to evolve, there are actions you can take.

To support companies in this ongoing effort, Tanenbaum has created a digestible resource for how to approach vaccinations in the workplace. For additional information on vaccines and recognized religious exemptions, please see our more in-depth research, available here.

While remaining aligned with both federal and state legal requirements, Tanenbaum encourages companies to support their employees in getting the vaccine. This is good for your employees and the broader community, as it will get us closer to herd immunity. It is also good for your company, differentiating you and adding to your stature as a responsible corporate citizen.

Best of all, by doing this, we can get through this pandemic together.


Upcoming Holidays and Time for Reflection

We hope this message finds you all well as we transition fully into spring. As we look ahead to the year to come, we have the opportunity to reflect and explore thoughts and traditions.

Upcoming in the next month one such opportunity is the National Day of Prayer. Though not mandated by the federal government, this day is often utilized as a chance for prayerful reflection – you can learn more with our fact sheet here. Some examples of typical observations have included students meeting to pray outside their schools before classes, or faith-based employee resource groups taking time to pray.

Vesak Day, also known as Buddha Day, is observed by Buddhists around the world. Although the exact date of observance varies from country to country, many people will be observing the day this year on May 7th. For more information, including the holiday’s history, scheduling tips, and recommended holiday greetings, please explore our Vesak Day fact sheet. Please note that offices in many Southeast Asian countries may close in observance of the holiday.

As always, you can find these fact sheets and more on our Workplace Resources page. If there’s any other way Tanenbaum can be of assistance during these times, for holidays and beyond, please don’t hesitate to reach out – we’d love to hear from you!

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



Join us at the Summit

Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to share the exciting news that registration for Tanenbaum’s 5th annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit is now live!

Click here to register and for more details.

This year’s theme is Do the Work: Build a Bigger Table.
We know many of you are working remotely and screen time is draining. For this reason, we’re spreading programming across multiple days. We also hope this means more of you can join us.

Sessions will be live at 12PM EST and last for one hour. Recordings will be made available afterward along with relevant resources and more.

  • Tuesday, May 4: Opening keynote by Sarah Eagle Heart (Oglala Lakota), award-winning advocate, storyteller and executive.
  • Tuesday, May 11: Lessons from Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers for engaging in authentic, difficult discussions in the Workplace.
    • Thursday, May 13: Continue the conversation in a deep dive discussion: how does this apply in the workplace?
  • Tuesday, May 18: A panel of four women from diverse industries and backgrounds share insights for all how experiences and traditions inform their professions.
  • Tuesday, May 25: Pew Research Center shares the latest demographic data and trends concerning religious diversity.
    • Thursday, May 27: Continue the conversation in a deep dive discussion: how does this data inform the workplace?
  • Thursday, June 3: Closing keynote and Learning Lab with Tanenbaum CEO, Mark Fowler.

We also hope you can join us on the evening of June 3rd for our Peace Made Possible Gala!

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



Reaching the Summit

Dear Friends, 

Our Workplace program is improving the global workforce’s ability to create religiously inclusive workspaces.

Recently, I was honored to be included as a speaker at Microsoft’s Include 2021 conference. I was joined by Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, as we discussed the undeniable value of addressing religion and belief as a facet of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

And, we are hard at work preparing for our 5th Religious Diversity Leadership Summit, to be held virtually in sequential sessions during the month of May. At the Summit, themed “Do the Work: Build A Bigger Table”, speakers and panelists will authentically explore the critical difference addressing religious diversity will make for the global workforce. Registration is expected to go live April 5th!

Your support of the 2021 Tanenbaum Gala on Thursday, June 3 helps us provide these kinds of trainings and resources so employees of all faiths and none are respected. Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



New Year, New Colors, Remembrance

Holidays arise throughout the year and spring is filled with them! Countless people around the world this year will be observing these upcoming holidays, which you may know by different names.

In late March, we see the beginning of the week-long Jewish celebration of Passover, also called Pesach in Hebrew. The end of March also brings the Hindu holiday Holi, often called the festival of colors, as well as the Sikh holiday Holla Mohalla which follows it. You can learn and share about these holidays with our fact sheets for Passover, and Holi.

With many holidays in such a short time, there’s a lot to learn. Schools and workplaces explore respectful ways to observe and accommodate, and hospitals and care facilities may need to be aware of patients or staff who may be fasting or have dietary restrictions. In addition to our fact sheets, the Tanenbaum staff is here to help. 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.

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



Spring Celebrations and Commemorations

Friends –

As the seasons begin to change, we’ve already seen the Lunar New Year come and go. Did you know that some faiths follow a solar calendar?

Sikhism is one of them – on April 14th, millions of Sikhs will celebrate Vaisakhi, an important religious holiday as well as a cultural festival in northern India. Read our Vaisakhi fact sheet to learn more!

Amongst other upcoming holidays is Easter. Did you know that there are different dates for Easter (and Christmas) for some Christian denominations? Many Christians will observe Easter this year on April 4th, but Orthodox Christians will celebrate on May 2nd. You can learn about that and more with our Easter fact sheet.

Also, the holy month of Ramadan will begin soon on the evening of April 12th and end on May 11th, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr following it. To learn more about the meaning and traditions behind this month and how your Muslim colleagues may be observing it, take a look at our Ramadan fact sheet.

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.

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



Lunar New Year is Near, Happy Spring Festival

Dear Friends,

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is coming up on February 12th! The holiday is celebrated by many across Asia and around the world.

Observances of Lunar New Year can vary by region or country, with a common theme being the celebration of time together and gathering with family. Employees may request time off and organizations may want to be aware of the holiday’s business implications. Schools may close or hold celebrations for observances, and many may decorate to commemorate the new year.

Learn more from our Lunar New Year Fact Sheet!

Warm regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



Our Inclusion Journey Continues


Defining “workplace” in 2020 has been challenging and ever-evolving, to say the least. Dining rooms, cars, city parks are our new offices. Zoom and other platforms are the world’s conference rooms.

Throughout this difficult year Tanenbaum found the demand for our workplace programs greater than ever. So we developed innovative ways to offer training and resources, keeping our offerings relevant and accessible. The need to understand and include people of all faiths and none is as important as it ever was.

This year, we’ve seen our Corporate Membership program grow with additions from global leaders Sanofi, Mitre, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Edward Jones Investments.

And our trainings and presentations took a virtual turn, allowing us to reach further and greater audiences with topics like Best Practices in Religious Diversity During a Pandemic, Allyship and Responding to Xenophobia and Bias, Intersectionality of LGBTQA+ Identity and Privilege, Race, and Religion in the U.S.

Learn more about the importance of our workplace efforts from our friend Celeste Warren, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Center of Excellence, Merck, and give today to help continue this important work.

Double your gift! Does your employer participate in a corporate matching program? Please contact Nancy Wolfe at if you need our help with this.

Thank you for supporting Tanenbaum!

Warm regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum