Yom Kippur 2021

For those who observe Yom Kippur, the Friends wish you a meaningful fast.

This year, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Wednesday, September 15, which is 10 Tishrei Anno Mundi (A.M.) 5782, and runs through the end of civil twilight on Thursday, September 16. For Jews, this Day of Atonement is the most sacred observance of the year, characterized by prayer and fasting. It is the culmination of the period of reflection and repentance that began with the new year on 1 Tishrei, or Rosh Hashanah (September 6–7, 2021).

Unlike the purely solar Gregorian calendar used for civil timekeeping in the United States, the Jewish calendar keeps its months aligned with the seasons and phases of the Moon. Therefore, days in the two calendars do not coincide every year. Although Yom Kippur is always on 10 Tishrei, it can begin as early as sunset on September 13 or end as late as nightfall on October 14.

Although the Arlington Public Schools are beginning the 2021-2022 academic year with two new school holidays that recognize Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they will also observe two new holidays from other faith traditions: Diwali and Eid Al-Fitr. Diwali (November 4) is observed by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs. Eid Al-Fitr (May 3) is observed by Muslims. The Friends are pleased that APS is acknowledging the diverse religious traditions among its students and is working towards an inclusive environment that respects all students, regardless of belief. A good way for #APSBack2School