Every year, by Presidential Proclamation, May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) in recognition of the indelible contributions American Jews have made, and continue to make, to our nation’s history, culture, and society.
Each year, this national celebration shows the ways in which this history deserves our collective attention, pride, and recognition.
The stories of American Jewish life are quintessential American stories of resilience, aspiration, imagination, determination, and achievement.
Explore the resources below to learn more about how Jews have shaped and been shaped by America across almost four centuries. Spread the word…and join in the celebration this May!
Top image: “Religious Liberty,” a sculpture created by Moses Jacob Ezekiel for the 1876 Centennial Exposition, stands in front of the National Museum of American Jewish History on Historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
Above right: “Matron America” pop-up Rosh Hashanah Greeting Card, Hebrew Publishing Company 1909 National Museum of American Jewish History, 1982.20.1, Gift of Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett (cropped).