JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US) May is Jewish American Heritage Month #general


Jan Meisels Allen
 

May is Jewish American Heritage Month by both Congressional and Presidential
proclamation.

History

On April 20, 2006 President George W. Bush proclaimed May would be Jewish
American Heritage Month (JAHM). JAHM was an effort by the Jewish Museum of
Florida and South Florida community leaders that resulted in Congressional
resolutions introduced by Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (F-FL) and
Senator Arlen Spector ( R-PA) urging the president to proclaim a month that
would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to
American culture. Since 2006 JAHM programs have taken place across the
United States.

Activities

For a list of activities across the US see:
http://www.jewishamericanheritagemonth.us/view_events.aspx

If your organization is planning an event to celebrate JAHM you can submit
it at:
http://www.jewishamericanheritagemonth.us/events.aspx

There is also a site on the JAHM website, 50 states/50 stories where you can
submit a story about a Jewish American contribution. See:
http://www.jewishamericanheritagemonth.us/statestories.aspx

For more information about JAHM see:
http://www.jewishamericanheritagemonth.us/about_us.aspx

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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