Hebrew University Gives Students Day Off for Christmas

In a first, the university also declares a vacation day for the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha.

Tess Scheflan

In a first, Hebrew University will give its students the day off on Christmas.

There will be no classes on Thursday, December 25, a new vacation day on the university calendar. The students also had off on Sunday for Hanukkah.

In addition, the university has declared a vacation day for and placed on its institutional calendar the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, which will next take place on September 9, 2015.

“This in order to accommodate students of all religions studying at the university and to respect their holidays,” Dov Smith, the university spokesman, said in a statement.
The majority of the university’s students and staff are Jewish and Muslim.