Something disturbing happened yesterday. I had been reading about a blogging conference that was to take place in Sandusky, OH at an amusement park called Cedar Point. I grew up in Akron, OH, and we used to go to Cedar Point as kids, so I knew it is located only 1-1/2 hours away from my home town. As I’ve been wanting to attend more blogging conferences and also visit my Ohio relatives, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
So, I went to the “Bloggy Conference” website. As I read on, it sounded great. It is geared for bloggers just like me, so I got out my calendar to look at the dates. Shocked, I realized that the Bloggy Conference had been scheduled on Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday of the year. How could this be? Why would anyone schedule something so big during Yom Kippur? Feeling excluded, I RSVP’d to the conference coordinators to voice my concern. Unfortunately, I was not really satisfied with the response.
Tiffany Noth, founder and creator of the Bloggy Conference, wrote, “If we could have chosen a different weekend – we would have. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to have better timing. ;)”
I am a reasonable person. I know wholeheartedly that the majority of the world does not celebrate Yom Kippur. What Tiffany may not understand, however, is that Yom Kippur, in this respect, is like Christmas. You just don’t schedule anything on the holiday. Most Jews are with their families on this day whether or not they are in synagogue, and Jews who never go to synagogue all year long, do for this one holiday.
Here’s what I would have preferred her response to have been,
“I am so sorry about this oversight on our part. We will make certain it will never happen again. Thank you for your concerns.”
This blog today is my plea to anyone involved in scheduling events for large organizations. Please be responsible with your scheduling. It is wrong to exclude any group of people. I am sure scheduling is a difficult matter, but certain days like Yom Kippur need to just be off the chopping block.
My song of the day is “Kol Nidre.” It is the song that begins the holiday of Yom Kippur in the evening service. It is used as a declaration that we will be repenting for all of the sins we committed though out the year. Famously, Neil Diamond (Who turned 72 yesterday!) sang the song in the 1980 movie adaptation of “The Jazz Singer.” I loved “The Jazz Singer” when it came out, and this scene always stuck with me. Click HERE to watch it, and may it be used as a reminder today that all people’s beliefs should be respected.