UOSA drafts resolution to raise awareness of OU-Texas, Yom Kippur conflict
UOSA members have written a resolution to raise awareness of possible time conflicts between Yom Kippur and future OU-Texas games.
Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday, requires members of the Jewish faith to refrain from food and beverages for 25 hours. Some are also required to attend several synagogue services on the same day.
This year, Yom Kippur fell on Oct. 8, the same day as the Red River Rivalry. Next year, the holiday will take place Sept. 26, and Sept. 14 in 2013. The UOSA will try to avoid scheduling conflicts between Yom Kippur and the OU-Texas game with this advance notice.
Jewish students at both OU and Texas are expected to benefit from this resolution. UT’s Jewish population is estimated to be 7.2 percent, and OU has approximately 1.2 percent, according to Hillel’s 2009 data. The Hillel Foundation at OU estimated 300 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students were Jewish.
“This is different from other religious holidays as the Jews are not even allowed to drink water,” said Student Congress representative Shayna Daitch, OU Hillel former president. “This is a problem when they are surrounded by all the others eating and drinking alcohol in the state fair.”
In the past, UOSA has worked with the UT student government to sign petitions, collecting thousands of signatures, but no action resulted.