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History of Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month was born on April 20, 2006 when President George W. Bush proclaimed it would be celebrated in the month of May. This was, in part, thanks to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania urging the president to declare a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.

Celebrate by Learning

What better way to celebrate than through learning? There are so many fun and educational resources out there, including books, movies/documentaries, and podcasts! Read below for a list of a few, as well as links to full lists!


ContemporaryChanging the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change by Rabbi David Jaffe

Debut FictionAnna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

PoetryAlmost Complete Poems by Stanley Moss

More books here.


School Ties (1992) – Movie

The Chosen (1991) – Movie

Shared Legacies (2020) – Documentary

More to watch here.


The Jewish Lives Podcast

Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast

Judaism Unbound Podcast

Find more podcasts here.

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