Starting this coming school year, Jersey City public schools will be closed to students for the Muslim holy day Eid al-Adha.

The unanimous decision was made by the school board Thursday night after a four-hour meeting that included some residents comparing the fight to win the school holiday to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

“On behalf of the Muslim community, we made history,” said Jessica Abdelnabbi, a Muslim mother of three who pushed for the district to close for the holiday. “My children will not be excluded.”

Jersey City joins other districts around the state, including in Paterson, Trenton and Atlantic City, by officially recognizing Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.

The Muslim community is also pushing for a school holiday to commemorate Eid al-Fitr, which does not fall on a school day during the 2016-17 school year.


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