Holiday Calendar

This calendar of Jewish holidays has been prepared by the JCRC of Greater Washington as an aid for planning and scheduling events (tests, examinations, assemblies, conferences, athletic events, tournaments, open houses, registrations, etc.) in an attempt to minimize conflicts that involve the absence of Jewish students and personnel.

During the last two school years, the JCRC led an interfaith advocacy coalition of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains to secure school days off on major religious holidays in counties throughout Greater Washington. We mobilized parents and activists to advocate for calendars that would make all students feel safe and valued in their learning environments and offer all children an equitable opportunity to succeed. 

2022-2023 Calendars by School District:

Alexandria City

Alexandria City Public Schools for the first time will be closed on first day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Diwali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Arlington County

Arlington County School Board continues for a 2nd year with days off for the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr and Diwali.

Fairfax County

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), for the first time in its history will be closed on Yom Kippur , Diwali and Eid al-Fitr.  Classes will not be held on Rosh Hashanah. According to FCPS, Teacher’s and administrators’ will be accommodated on this teacher workday as employees can request religious leave and work with their program manager/principal to make up any missed work.

Falls Church 

Falls Church County Public Schools for the first time will be closed on first day of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Diwali.

Frederick County

Frederick County School Board will continue school days off coinciding with the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Loudoun County

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) which last year for the first time closed on Yom Kippur, has this year maintained that closure and designated the first day of Rosh Hashanah as a Student Holiday/Professional workday.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County School Board (MCPS) has given off for first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for many year.  We are pleased for the first time MCPS has given student holidays/professional days on Eid al-Fitr and Diwali. 

Prince George's County

Prince George’s County continues with school closed on Yom Kippur.

Prince William

Prince William School Board continues for a second year to have days off coinciding with the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid al-Fitr and Diwali.

We are pleased to share the interfaith calendar created by our colleagues at the Interfaith Council of Greater Washington.  We hope this is helpful in being an ally to other religious minorities.  

If you need support advocating for yourself or your student, please reach out to Education Director Sara Winkelman.