On April 20, 2006, former President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to honor and celebrate American Jewry’s rich and textured history. This matter was brought to Congress by Jewish politicians Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Sen. Arlen Specter (formerly R-Pa.)
Far beyond just waving a few pom poms, Jewish American Heritage Month has become, through official governmental organizations, a time to celebrate and educate about various topics of American Judaism and Judaism as a whole. The Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum have all pooled together their resources to offer exhibits, collections, historical documents audio/visual supplies and more concerning this myriad of topics. Click here to see them all!
On a local scale, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is offering up a variety of programming this month. Starting on May 17, they’re going on a walking tour of Jewish Old Town Alexandria as well as offering a free tour of their exhibit at Alexandria’s History Museum—Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Jewish Community. Click here to see all of JHSGW’s events.
Week one of May is down, but we still have three more wherein to celebrate the joys and contributions of American Judaism! Even if you just sit down with your favorite episode of “Seinfeld,” I hope you partake. 😛
Cross-posted to The Examiner.