Yom Kippur starts tonight at sundown. Observant Jews will be praying, fasting and atoning. But there’s no need for non-Jews to observe the holy day. Yet a school district in Delaware has managed to offend Christians and puzzle Jews by canceling participation in a marching band contest that falls on Yom Kippur. Because three of 44 band members can’t participate, nobody can.
Every summer, school officials send out a memo telling staff the dates of the Jewish High Holy Days and asking that events, tests and term papers not be scheduled on those days. But the local rabbi “is not aware of any Jewish congregation asking the Brandywine district to stop students from participating in extracurricular activities in observance of the holy day,” reports the News Journal. So why keep the whole band at home?