Oy! When all is said and done, it looks like the Democratic Party Chair is more in tune with Passover than our local Jewish journalist!
Dwight Pelz’s apology for the scheduling error clearly admitted that, as scheduled, the convention conflicted “with the needs of Jewish families to prepare for the Passover Seder, and to travel to meet friends and families.” Neither the apology nor any of the protests I saw ever claimed it conflicted with “religious observance” of the holiday itself.
You’ve compared this scheduling error to any afternoon event on any Friday. With all due respect to the Sabbath as the holiest of days, the fact is that there’s a whole lot more food on the table, guests in the home, and hours spent on the road (or in the air) for the Passover seder. The protests comparing it to scheduling something for the morning of Thanksgiving were dead-on. It may be no problem for those who just need to dress up and show up an hour away, but for those of us who actually make this special occasion happen, it’s asking the impossible.