Jewish American Heritage Month

May 31, 2022

Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month recognizes the contributions American Jews have made, and continue to make, to the history, culture and society of our country. The origins of the month began in 1980 with the establishment of Jewish American Week. May was declared as Jewish American Heritage Month by former president George W. Bush in 2006 to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to America and the American culture. It has been continued since then by presidential proclamation.

Jewish American Heritage Month also looks at the history of injustice the Jewish people have had to overcome for centuries, not just in America, but around the world. The month serves as an opportunity to reflect on stories of the bravery and resiliency of the Jewish community who continue to face violence, discrimination, and uncertain odds in communities around the United States and the world. 

Albert Einstein, the theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the feminist icon, lawyer, and former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court are two of the most prominent Jewish American figures. 

Here are some ways you can support Jewish American Heritage Month:

Children’s Book: Chicken Soup Chicken Soup | An inclusive look at a multicultural family, and a little girl's unique approach to combining her family's traditions. 

Adult’s Book: Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug | Inspiring and timely story of Bella Abzug, a New York politician who brought the passion and ideals of 1960’s protest movements to Congress. Abzug promoted feminism, privacy protections, gay rights and human rights.

Local Industry Group: Federation’s Jewish Real Estate Professionals (JREP) group brings together high-level professionals and leaders in Kansas City commercial real estate and the related industries of law, finance, architecture, etc.

Local Eatery/Business: Meshuggah Bagels | Three locations in the Kansas City region.