Head of district roiled by Rosh Hashanah debate resigns

Jewish leaders gathered outside United Brothers Synagogue in Bristol July 8, 2021 calling on the Bristol Warren School District to reschedule the start of classes, set for September 7, the Jewish High Holy Day Rosh Hashanah. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — The superintendent of a Rhode Island school district roiled by a debate over starting the coming school year on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah has resigned.

The Providence Journal reports Bristol-Warren Superintendent Jonathan Brice announced his resignation Tuesday saying that the decision was in the best interest of his family.

Brice had recommended the school year begin Sept. 8, but the Bristol Warren School Committee decided to begin classes on Sept. 7, the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

On Monday, he said he’d overrule the committee’s decision.

The high holy day marks the start of the Jewish New Year.