Jewish High Holidays in the Workplace

Date: September 27, 2019
To: University of Toronto Faculty, Staff, & Librarians
From:  Karima Hashmani, Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Division of HR & Equity
Erin Jackson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Division of HR & Equity

As members of the U of T community celebrate Rosh Hashanah next week, and Yom Kippur the following week, we are attaching an informational guide regarding these High Holy Days.

Please feel free to circulate this information broadly so that you and members of your division can familiarize yourselves with the meaning and traditions that are celebrated by many in our community.

Becoming familiar with the religious observances of our community is an important step in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, and ensuring staff feel supported.  With this in mind, we will be sending out similar information on other religious holidays as we move through the calendar year.

Noting that there are many within our community who will be celebrating the High Holy Days in the upcoming weeks, we would ask that managers allow for flexibility for those who observe these holidays.


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