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Old 01-17-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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Hi, there!

I'm looking to move into Roslyn Heights and, so far, no negative comment could dissuade me from moving there (even the not-so-great-commute). However, the ONE thing that's been driving me insane is the potential risk of my children being shunned, simply because we are not of Jewish descent (we're a non-practicing, albeit respectful, Roman Catholic/Muslim family). I heard from someone who attended Roslyn High that all public schools observe Shabbat and as the kids grow, Jewish parents advise their kids to stay away from everyone who's not Jewish - Persian Jewish, that is! I think this is crazy! I don't want my children to be discriminated and looked down upon.

We currently live in Queens, which is highly Jewish in some parts (mostly American and Russian), and my daughter attends a school that observes Shabbat, which doesn't bother me at all! I don't think children start discriminating because of religion at age 4 (or do they?), so I'm happy to display her hand-made menorahs and dreidels around the house (we even get together with friends to observe a Hannukah/Christmas party). But, I am concerned about this issue as she grows older, loses her naivete, and start understanding religious division issues.

Heart-felt, hard-core honest comments are much appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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Someone fed you a lot of nonsense. Not all students in the Roslyn schools are Jewish. I don't exactly know the ethnic breakdown, but I have a friend who lives in Roslyn who is Turkish/Muslim who is quite happy with the schools. No public school observes any religious Sabbath. The public schools are closed on some Jewish and Christian holidays, but that's it. Schools are open on Fridays full days, but are closed on Saturdays and Sundays not because those days happen to be religious Sabbath days. You will find that many middle school Jewish students who are celebrating their Bar/Bat Mitzvah will readily invite their Non-Jewish friends and classmates. The trend right now is not to have children make Hanukah or Christmas crafts in public elementary school. That sounds like something your child did in a private pre-school, even if it was nonsectarian.
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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I heard from someone who attended Roslyn High that all public schools observe Shabbat ...


morganadeavalon, what exactly do you mean by "observe Shabbat"?
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard.My cousin and a lot of my friends live in Roslyn. Not only is it against the law to practice to any religious observances in any school in the US, it is not true of Roslyn. While there are indeed a lot of Jewish people there, there are many who are not. Just take a look at the census data! A lot of Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindi, and people of other religious groups live there. In fact, that rumor is actually funny -- most of the Jewish people who live there are non-observant Jews!
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