Saturday, December 24, 2005

Proof the Jews Don't Run Hollywood...*

... or at least not the entertainment chain store FYE (For Your Entertainment).

Completing my Christmas shopping yesterday at FYE, I bought some boxed sets of DVDs for relatives. The cashier tossed in a free FYE 2006 calendar which is chock full of DVD release date-listings for the new year as well as some coupons to save money at the store. The calendar begins with December 2005, however, and on that page it lists December 15 as the first day of Chanukah, which is of course 10 days off the mark. Chanukah this year begins sunset of the 25th.

The minor holiday is completely ignored in 2006 calendar year, as are Passover and the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Perhaps it's no big deal for a calendar the primary purpose of which is to drive traffic to FYE for DVD release days (Tuesdays), but it seemed a bit of an insensitive cultural oversight to me given most calendars these days list major Christian and Jewish as well as civic holidays.

*yes, I'm guilty of using inflammatory-sounding headlines to rope in audiences, rest assured readers I am no conspiracy theorist nor anti-Semite, as the context of this post indicates.