Jewish American Heritage Month was established by President George W. Bush in 2006.  The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. In 2020 the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia repositioned Jewish American Heritage Month to empower communities across the country to celebrate the inspiring history of Jewish people in America; educate diverse public audiences about Jewish culture; and spark crucial conversations about the American Jewish present and future.

The organizations listed below will enable you to learn more about Jewish American contributions through their digital archives and links to other sites.

 

The White House – President Biden’s Proclamation

Jewish Heritage Month

National Museum of American Jewish History

National Park Service – National Register of Historic Places

Jewish Women’s Archive

Reform Judaism