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

Ramadan begins May 15th – What you need to know!

Dear Friends,

The holy month of Ramadan is approaching! This year, Ramadan will begin on the evening of May 15th and will come to a close on June 14th.

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

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

Warm regards,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Photo: Forte George G Meade via Flickr

Getting Holy Days & Rituals Right – Health Care Insights

Dear Friends,

This month, Tanenbaum’s Health Care Insights series features the intersection of holy day and ritual observances and patient care. One example involves Ramadan, which ended on the evening of Friday, June 24th. What do we mean? Read on.

The Scenario: A Muslim patient with diabetes is determined to fast for Ramadan.

Click here to learn what a health care provider needs to know to balance the patient’s health with his/her religious observance, and to review more examples of religious observance showing up in health and hospital care.

Explore the many ways religion and health care intersect! For additional case studies from our medical school curriculum, click here. To learn more about the relationship between religion and health care, purchase Tanenbaum’s full Medical Manual here.

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky

P.S. (Contact us for discounted bulk and institutional purchase rates for the eBook version.)

Ramadan Karim! Resources for Teachers

Ramadan Karim!

Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria by Kipp Jones

Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria by Kipp Jones

This year, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins the evening of June 17. During Ramadan observing Muslims pray for forgiveness and guidance and seek to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. Many abstain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours, ending each daily fast at sunset with a large meal, known as the Iftar. The month concludes with Eid-al-Fitr, a three-day celebration with family and friends. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recommends a few simple accommodations for students observing Ramadan:

  • Schedule exams and other major events around Eid Holidays.
  • Do not mark students with an unexcused absence for the Eid holidays.
  • Allow students to study in the library or elsewhere during lunch.

This Ramadan, you can promote knowledge about Islam and create a safe, inclusive environment for your Muslim students. Tanenbaum is here to help! Click below for…

For those of you in the final stretch of the school year, congratulations and have a restful summer!


The Tanenbaum Education Team

Free Islamic Peace Education Report


On July 28, many Muslims in the  United States and across the  globe will be celebrating the  conclusion of Ramadan, the    holiday of Eid-al-Fitr.

The Eid-al-Fitr is the festival  and/or feast of the breaking of  the fast, a time of mutual  acknowledgement for Muslims  who have been fasting  throughout the country and  around the world (depending on  their time zone).

To mark the Eid, we would like to share one of our blessings with you: what we learned when we convened four Islamic peace educators from vastly different backgrounds for a day-long exchange on their work in Islamic peace education.

The peace educators shared how they incorporate the topic of peace into their teaching. They shared their stories
and some of their Islamic peace education initiatives.

We – and they – learned from each other’s triumphs and challenges.

Participants included:

  • Jamila Afghani (Peacemaker in Action, 2008) from Kabul, Afghanistan;
  • Azhar (Azi) Hussain (Peacemaker in Action, 2006) from Dubai, UAE and Pakistan;
  • Sarrah Buker from Holmdel, New Jersey; and
  • Rabia Terri Harris from Stony Point, New York.

Today, we are excited to announce the release of Tanenbaum’s Islamic Peace Education report. The report traces each participant’s method and experience in advancing peaceful education from an Islamic perspective, often in the face of suspicion or adversity.

Download the report to learn more about this innovative information exchange.