Yesterday, Team Schusterman—represented by myself (center-right) and our Director of Network Initiatives, Seth Cohen, (far-right), pictured with Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren (center-left) and Shawn Landres of Jewish Jumpstart (far-left)—had the opportunity to attend the White House celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.
First inaugurated in 2006 by President Bush, JAHM recognizes the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. According to the official JAHM website, “The month of May was chosen due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004, which was organized by the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History.”
JAHM is marked by a month-long series of events celebrating “the achievements of American Jews in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government, and military service.”
In his remarks last night, as reported by JTA, which covered the event, President Obama said: “Like so many groups, Jews have had to fight for their piece of the American dream. But this country holds a special promise: that if we stand up for the traditions we believe in and in the values we share, then our wrongs can be made right; our union can be made more perfect and our world can be repaired.”
Watch Obama’s remarks here.
For more about the event, read Obama Marks Jewish Heritage Month.
For more about Jewish American Heritage month, visit Jewish American Heritage Month.
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