President Declares May As Jewish American Heritage Month

President Obama yesterday issued a Presidential Proclamation (full text) declaring May 2012 as Jewish American Heritage Month. The Proclamation reads in part:

Their history of unbroken perseverance and their belief in tomorrow's promise offers a lesson not only to Jewish Americans, but to all Americans. From Aaron Copland to Albert Einstein, Gertrude Stein to Justice Louis Brandeis, generations of Jewish Americans have brought to bear some of our country's greatest achievements and forever enriched our national life. As a product of heritage and faith, they have helped open our eyes to injustice, to people in need, and to the simple idea that we might recognize ourselves in the struggles of our fellow men and women.

The Library of Congress is hosting a special website dedicated to Jewish American Heritage Month.