Fall Arts & Music Festival – poor city planning?

According to the Hoboken City website, this years Fall Arts & Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th. It’s usually a good time of year, the hot summer is over and the smell of Fall (and peppers and onions) is in the air.

However, the city seems to have made a careless planning error. The 24th is the last day of Rosh Hashanah, a very holy Jewish holiday (a “High Holiday”). The synagogue here in Hoboken gets hundreds of people coming in from bordering towns to worship in the Temple on Rosh Hashanah. This of course will be difficult with the crowds and drunkeness occurring during our typical Arts Festival.

Do you think the “turnout” for the festival will be any less than usual? Will this financially impact the local businesses that set up booths to sell their food and products? Considering a good chunk of the Hoboken population is Jewish, and there are religious events planned at Pier A park for Sunday afternoon, I wonder what impact that will have, if any. But for those that do feverishly celebrate the holiday, but still want to enjoy the festival, it seems as if the city just overlooked them.

Should the city move the festival one week later? Or do most Jewish people primarily celebrate on the first day? I’m just wondering if the city thought about this at all.

Your thoughts?

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22 Comments on "Fall Arts & Music Festival – poor city planning?"


Perrilicious
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10 years 1 month ago

I’ve dated many Jewish women, too.

‘And now they’re all saying multiple Hail Perrys’.

Katie_Scarlett
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10 years 1 month ago

Sukkot was listed as a harvest festival/high holy day on the site I visited listing Jewish fall holidays. 🙂

I’m not Jewish, but I dated many Jewish men, and I have to admit that they celebrated one night of the holidays you mentioned above. And the night the celebrated was the first night. I didn’t realize some (Christmas/Easter types) people go straight through to the weekend. I really didn’t realize (nor do I really understand why people care) that the Arts & Music Fest was such a not-to-be-missed event.

I celebrate Christmas and Easter – and no, it wouldn’t bother me one bit if the festival was on those days (well maybe Christmas, but that’s just because it’s cold). I think it would be GREAT to have it on Easter – the nightmare parking situation at all 87 Catholic Churches + the throngs of families in their Easter hats would add a certain amount of excitement and amusement that the festival currently lacks. 🙂

xavier
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10 years 1 month ago

Sukkot??? We goys have to be mindful of sukkot too??? It’s one thing to steer clear of the holidays that even the Christams-Easter Jews observe, or at least go home to their parents for (Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashannah, Passover, e.g) That’s just asking too goddamn much. Isn’t sukkot like a harvest festival or something???

Perrilicious
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10 years 1 month ago

All this whining makes me want to send a donation to Hezbolah.

Katie_Scarlett
Member
10 years 1 month ago

Here here kooky! What with the non-budget, the ridiculous over-spending, the no-show cops, the SAT score average at 800 (old scale) and the crime, certainly the MOST important thing of all time is that the junk peddlers are coming in on one of the several days of a Rosh Hashanah. Given that Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot & Yom Kippur are all right around that time, it’s amazing that this is the first year they’ve made this blunder. Practically the entire fall is a some holiday.

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