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

Jan Meisels Allen

By Congressional resolution and Presidential proclamation May is Jewish
American Heritage Month (JAHM). A national month of recognition of the more
than 360-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture, JAHM
acknowledges the achievements of American Jews in fields ranging >from sports
and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government, and
military service. The 2018 theme is Jewish Contributions to American Music.

JAHM's 2018 theme provides an opportunity to recognize the many American
Jews who have helped create the nation's soundtrack, >from patriotic anthems
and classical compositions to Broadway scores and rock and roll. There are
numerous examples of composers, conductors, lyricists, musicians, and
singers who have been shaped by American life, society, and culture, and in
turn enriched America's musical repertoire. These include: Irving Berlin,
Leonard Bernstein, Fanny Brice, Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan, Carole King,
Paul Simon, Regina Spektor and more. To read the press release see:

The brochure for this year's theme may be downloaded at:

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 360-year history of Jewish contributions to American
culture.Since 2006 JAHM programs have taken place across the United States. To
see the past presidential proclamations go to: and
scroll down to proclamations. This is being published before May therefore the 2018
presidential proclamation is not yet available.

The JAHM Coalition was formed in March 2007 and convened by United Jewish
Communities (now The Jewish Federations of North America), The Jacob Rader
Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and the American Jewish
Historical Society (AJHS). The JAHM Coalition was composed of the directors
of major national Jewish historical and cultural organizations including the
AJA, AJHS, Jewish Women's Archive, the National Museum of American Jewish
History, the Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum of Florida,
and the Jewish Historical Society of Washington, D.C. In the fall of 2010
JAHM incorporated as a tax exempt public charity with a Board of Directors
and oversight by the JAHM Advisory Committee.

For a list of activities across the US see: I would contact your local
Jewish Federation to find out what activities they have planned as they
might not be listed on the jahm website.
There is also a site on the JAHM website, 50 states/50 stories to learn
about every US state has been impacted by the accomplishments and
contributions of American Jewish men and women. See:

For more information about JAHM see:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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