The month of May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). This 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. JAHM acknowledges the achievements of American Jews in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government, and military service.
This year’s theme: American Jews in Entertainment. The JAHM recently revised and updated their website to reflect this year’s theme. Go to: http://www.jahm.us. JAHM also included theme related resources which you may find of interest. See:
http://www.jahm.us/2013_resources.aspx. A new feature is “Speaking of American Jewish Heritage” helping you find speakers for community celebrations. http://www.jahm.us/speaking_jewish.aspx This may help you with ideas for future programming.
Included on the website is the “Only in America Hall of Fame”. It has categories from arts and entertainment, business and philanthropy, literature, politics, law and activism, sports and more . See: http://survey.nmajh.org/index.php?category=1
In the past, presidents made an annual presidential proclamation for JAHM. This usually occurs during the month of May and therefore any 2013 proclamation is not yet posted but will be available on the JAHM website when this year’s proclamation is available.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President