On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), celebrating the contributions made by American Jews to our nation’s cultural identity, history, and society.
In 1654, Jews arrived in the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam in New York, marking their first known migration to North America. May was chosen for JAHM due to the widely successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004. The commission that organized this event consisted of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives and Records Administration. These groups aimed to honor the contributions and achievements of Jewish Americans throughout history.
Celebrate with Us!
Celebrate this month with Charles County Public Library by checking out our collection and finding some great reads in honor of the writers, poets, and historical figures that defined JAHM. This list is just a fraction of what we have on our shelves, and we are sure our librarians will have some great suggestions to recommend the next time you visit one of our branches!