Jersey City public schools will be closed to students one day this September for the Muslim holy day Eid al-Adha, with the school board last night voting unanimously to add the holiday to the school calendar.
The vote came during a four-hour meeting during which some speakers compared the fight to win the school holiday to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
"On behalf of the Muslim community, we made history," said Jessica Abdelnabbi, a Muslim mother of three who pushed for the district to close for the holiday. "My children will not be excluded."
Jersey City joins other districts around the state, including in Paterson, Trenton and Atlantic City, by officially recognizing Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.