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Meh (209.8)
I'd rather be spending the day with Fleet friends at the Region 7 Conference in Binghamton, or at the Apple Harvest Festival in Downtown Ithaca, but it's Yom Kippur.

As I said on Facebook, I get it, it's tough to shoehorn every event into the available fall weekends in Ithaca. I'm much more annoyed -- whether it's reasonable to be or not -- at the R7 Conference planners, who knew over a year ago that one of the weekends they were looking at for this fall would conflict with Yom Kippur.

For those who aren't familiar with it, Yom Kippur is one of the "High Holy Days," which begins with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). It's the Day of Atonement, a fast day on which no work is allowed. I don't usually spend it in a synagogue, but I do spend it in quiet reflection, with no food or drink from sundown to sundown. (The dogs get their food and water, of course! And they're getting walked. Just not so much that I'll get too hungry or thirsty!)
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acappellasinger From: acappellasinger Date: October 5th, 2014 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
AHF could have happened on a different weekend. It's been scheduled a week or two earlier in the past (not last year, but definitely prior years). It's especially annoying to me that a food-centric community-oriented festival was scheduled to coincide with a day of fasting. I've got a few other bones to pick with the organizers, but I'll take those up privately with them once the weekend is over.
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: October 6th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember, especially in the 90's, that Brenda Bell would remind planners that such-and-such weekend was a High Holy Day. I don't think she and Frank are interested in much outside of Avenger events.

As well, I suspect that there aren't many Jews who are active above the chapter level in Region 7. Martin Lessem, Mark Hanford, Hazel Gilbert, and probably a few others I'm forgetting, aren't in Starfleet anymore.
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