Jewish Holiday of PurimMarch 6 - 7
Purim is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. Purim is considered
a time of Jewish unity, and acts of generosity are performed during daylight hours.
The story of Purim is found in the Book of Esther, the “Megillah.” Purim commemorates
the victory of the Jewish nation over the king of the Persian Empire, Ahasuerus, in
the fourth century BCE. Haman, the king’s prime minister, plotted to destroy the Jewish
nation because it would not comply with the dictates of the kingdom. His plan was
foiled by Queen Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, who spoke with the king and ultimately
saved the Jews from extermination. The name “Purim” means “lots” and refers to the
lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre of the Jews, which never
came to pass.
Staff members should be aware of Purim and the celebratory nature of the evening meal.
While students are not automatically excused from class for this observance, they
may work with their faculty members to make accommodations. Graduate and professional
students must refer to their own school and departmental vacation policies and calendars
for more specific information.
Staff members may request paid time off or alter their work schedule for this observance.
Support their preference to take leave for their religious observance.