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Jewish American Heritage Month

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Jewish American Heritage Month

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Basic Information

Date 2013/05/01 - 2013/05/31
Recurring Event: yes
Phone number 513-287-1841
Country United States
City N/A

Tourist Information

Free entry yes
Suitable for kids no
Handicap accessibility no
Yearly event no
Website http://www.jewishamericanheritagemonth.us/index.aspx


Summary

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush officially declared that the month of May would be known as Jewish American Heritage Month in recognition of the long history (more than 350 years) of contribution by American Jews to their home country. (wiki) The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) had already initiated the idea in 2005, but the presidential declaration launched a government-endorsed wave of celebrations across the nation. During this month every year, ceremonies are held in schools, special curricula are taught in classrooms, museums offer special exhibitions, and events take place every day of May across the country (JewishFederations.org) highlighting “the achievements of American Jews in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government, and military service.” (schusterman.org) In 2010, President Barack Obama expanded on his predecessor’s declaration by initiating an annual White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. In 2011 the event featured a Marine Corps band playing klezmer music and the Maccabeats, a celebrated a cappela group of Yeshiva University as well as the attendance of prominent Jewish Americans such as Elie Weisel and Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz (Chair of the Democratic National Committee).


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