Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

In 2006, President George W. Bush officially established May as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). The U.S. House of Representative’s resolution was introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl) in 2005, and the Senate resolution was introduced by former Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa), 2 months later.
On April 30th, President Obama celebrated the “shared struggle” of Jewish identity in proclaiming Jewish Heritage Month for the month of May. In the proclamation issued on Tuesday, the president discussed the perseverance of Jewish Americans in overcoming adversity and hostility in order to reach success in America.
“Even here, Jewish Americans bore the pains of hardship and hostility yet, through every obstacle, generations carried with them the deep conviction that a better future was within their reach,” Obama said.
“In adversity and in success, they turned to one another, renewing the tradition of community, moral purpose, and shared struggled so integral to their identity.”

The proclamation highlighted the achievements of Jewish Americans such as Aaron Copland, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, physicist Albert Einstein, writer and art collector Gertrude Stein. Their achievements have forever changed our lives.

Don't forget to read the new book (and my personal recommendation) When General Grant Expelled The Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna

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