Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jewish American Heritage Month Theme- May 2013

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM),  is a national commemoration of the contributions that American Jews have made to the fabric the American culture and society. JAHM announced the theme for the May 2013 celebration: American Jews in Entertainment.  Immigrant Jewish entrepreneurs or their sons (like Sam Goldwyn, Jack and Harry Warner, Louis B. Mayer) were integral to the creation of Hollywood.
 
Beginning in January 2013, the JAHM website, www.jahm.us, will be updated with educational resource materials related to the theme American Jews in Entertainment.  Also in January, the JAHM website will roll out “Speaking of American Jewish Heritage,” an online resource listing speakers, musicians, artists and authors whose area of expertise is American Jewish heritage and history.
 
The JAHM website is an interactive clearinghouse for events, programs, and activities nationwide and a resource for school and community leaders. JGSs can submit their events, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, sign up for email updates, and find out what’s happening in your neighborhood and across the country. See: http://www.jahm.us/events.aspx
 
Another part  of the website is entitled 50 stories from 50 States about unknown famous Jews in history from each state see: http://www.jahm.us/statestories.aspx  Societies may wish to submit a story for consideration.
 
History
 
JAHM recognition was started by President George W. Bush in 2006 as a result of the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish Community leaders resulting in congressional leaders urging then-President Bush to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.  The recognition of Jewish American Month has been continued by President Barack Obama.  Jewish American Heritage Month had its origins in 1980 when Congress passed Pub. L. 96-237, which authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating a week in April or May as Jewish Heritage Week.  President Carter issued this first proclamation, Presidential Proclamation 4752,  in April 1980.
 
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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