Jewish American Heritage Month

Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House: Looking toward the future

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President Obama speaking at the White House reception for Jewish American Heritage Month 2012
Gail T. Reimer with Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Jewish American Heritage Month White House reception

This year’s White House celebration of Jewish American Heritage month was a simpler affair than in years past. The program was President Obama, and his remarks were brief.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg—a fitting culmination for Jewish American Heritage Month

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg - MAKERS

As you know if you read the Jewish Women’s Archive blog, May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM).

JWA releases "D.C. Stories": A new oral history exhibit for Jewish American Heritage Month

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On April 20, 2006, President George W.

#jwapedia: Tweeting the Encyclopedia!

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In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Jewish Women’s Archive is launching a campaign to tweet our online Encyclopedia of Jewish wo

JWA: Our Year in Review

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Last week Jews celebrated the High Holy Days by pausing and reflecting on the past year, both personally and as a community.

Women front and center at this celebration of Jewish American Heritage

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Rabbi Alysa Stanton with Gail Reimer

Jewish women were definitely front and center at the first ever White House reception marking Jewish American Heritage month.  Appropriately so, since it was a woman – Representative Deborah Wasserman Schultz – who spearheaded the Congressional campaign to establish Jewish American Heritage month. It was another woman – Marcia  Zerivitz, who put the bug in Wasserman Schultz’ ear; and yet another woman, Abby Schwartz, who, as National Coordinator of the Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition, has worked tirelessly to turn a proclamation into a broad based local, regional and national celebration.

Guess who's going to the White House?

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According to Haaretz, everyone is trying to figure out who is on the guest list for the first ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. We have heard that big-name Jews in the arts, sports, and other fields will be there. There have been whispers about Sandy Koufax, Judy Blume, and Dara Torres, as well as activists and scientists.

We don't know about Judy Blume or Dara Torres, but we can give you a BIG HINT about one woman attending!

Podcast: Rita Arditti on Being Invisible in Argentina

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As April comes to a close and as we kick off Jewish American Heritage Month in May, we're featuring an oral history clip of Rita Arditti as our podcast of the month. With her lilting Spanish-accented English, Arditti's voice is striking, as her journey is unique - perhaps one that many of us don't immediately associate with Jewish American heritage.

Happy Jewish American Heritage Month!

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What connects the Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazarus? Susan Sontag with Gilda Radner? Patriotism with labor protests? Musical theatre and domestic ritual with potato kugel and halvah? You guessed it: JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE!

Happy May Day!

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Today is May 1, which, in addition to being an old pagan holiday celebrating the start of summer, is also International Workers’ Day and the start of the second annual Jewish American Heritage Month.

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