Below are talking points that elected officials can use when acknowledging Jewish American Heritage Month. 


May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), and I welcome the opportunity to celebrate the important contributions Jewish Americans have made to America since the first group of Jews arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654.

The U.S. has many heritage months to celebrate the communities that form our national mosaic. By celebrating heritage months, we learn about one another, honor the complexity and richness of our nation, and strengthen the fabric of American society.  

Jewish Americans have served in government and the military, they have won Nobel prizes, headed universities and corporations, advanced medicine, created and performed in enduring works of art, written great American novels, become emblems of justice as members of the Supreme Court, and so much more. 

Jewish American Heritage Month was established by Congress, and elected officials from across the political spectrum continue to play a valuable role in lifting up this important commemoration. May was first proclaimed Jewish American Heritage Month in April 2006 by President George W. Bush. 

The American Jewish community was founded in 1654 by a group of 23 Jews - men, women, and children - fleeing persecution in Brazil. Over the past 369 years, Jewish Americans have contributed in countless ways to their communities and this nation as loyal and patriotic citizens. We appreciate their contributions.

While we are confident that you have strong connections with Jews and Jewish institutions in your area, including with American Jewish Committee (AJC), we offer the following resources about Jewish historical contributions to each state. If we can provide additional resources, please let us know.

State by state - resources on Jewish history and contributions: