Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring May Jewish American Heritage Month. This is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture, and faith of Jewish Americans and their contributions to our Nation. The Social Sciences Division, of the DC Public Library has many books and resources on Jewish American Heritage, please search our catalog. Also, the Philosophy/Religion Librarian created a Jewish American Heritage book display outside the Social Sciences Division, in the East Lobby on the Second Floor.

There are many online resources available to learn more about Jewish Americans in the United States. Jewish American Heritage is a portal and collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It includes personal accounts from Jewish Americans, digital exhibits and collections and special events in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, during May.

Additional Local Resources:

B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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