Dr. Deborah Birx, the United States Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator, visited Stony Brook University on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for roundtable discussions with students, faculty and hospital staff about the university’s response to COVID-19.
Many students know Rosh Hashanah as “that fabulous day they get off from school.” Some spend the day by sleeping in until 12 and binge-watching their favorite Netflix shows; however, Jewish students spend it very differently.
A conflicted Marilyn Zucker stood in front of her “Autobiography” class at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. It was Yom Kippur and according to the Jewish tradition, the day was meant for her to be seeking repentance for her sins- not to be in class.
Last semester, Stony Brook University decided to join the University of Florida, New York University and an increasing number of other universities in no longer observing major religious holidays. Among…