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Mary Najjarian: Celebrations and Seasons in Religious Schools

December 17, 2013

As we enter the holiday season, we once again confront the cornucopia of religious and cultural traditions in the United States, which can be very vibrant in some schools. Mary Najjarian, the principal of Saint John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, joins the podcast to discuss how and why her private religious school incorporates the unusual Orthodox calendar. She talks about how this practice fits into the school’s beliefs and teaching, how it benefits teachers and students, and her struggles to help families and the school keep their religious traditions when they don’t fit vacation and job schedules.