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A Spotlight on Meryl Paskow, a VOICE Leader Fighting for School Commitment to Honoring Muslim and Jewish Holidays in Virginia

A Spotlight on Meryl Paskow, a VOICE Leader Fighting for School Commitment to Honoring Muslim and Jewish Holidays in Virginia

Monday, May 21, 2018
VOICE
 
Meryl attends Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA.
 
 
 
 
 
"The most meaningful thing to me this past year has been working to make the Fairfax County school superintendent’s promise to VOICE to accommodate students’ obligations on Jewish and Muslim holidays a reality. I’ll never forget the look on the assistant superintendent’s face at the first Fairfax County School’s Calendar Committee meeting I attended when I spoke up without hesitation about the Muslim holidays — apparently they had never had a Jewish parent do that before. The School Board had no idea how serious we are in VOICE about standing for the whole. It is because we do this that we are successful in building strong relational power to win on the issues that are most important to us — like honoring our holidays. It has been amazing to work on this issue alongside VOICE leaders of different faiths and I am proud to be a part of this team effort.”