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Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

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May is Jewish American Heritage Month – On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions passed unanimously, first in the House of Representatives in December 2005 and later in the Senate in February 2006.

The month of May was chosen due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004, which was organized by the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History. This coalition was composed 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. (Library of Congress: About Jewish Heritage Month)

Jewish American Heritage eBooks

Jewish American Films @ MiraCosta Library

Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina

This documentary explores the Jewish experience in South Carolina.

My Coffee with Jewish Friends

An exploration of contemporary Jewish identity from veteran film maker Manfred Kirchheimer. 


 RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career.

Finding your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Our People, Our Traditions

Three celebrated Americans who share a Jewish heritage delve into their family backgrounds. 

J Street: The Art of the Possible

J Street is a term for one of Washington D.C.’s newest lobbies, a lobby in support of an Israeli two-state solution.

Matzo & Mistletoe

Filmmaker Kate Feiffer was six years old when her father told her she was Jewish. In this documentary Feiffer explores the paradox of American secular Judaism. 

Yiddish Soul

This film documents the revival of Yiddish music and highlights artists from all over Europe. 

The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America

This documentary follows a small group of South Americans eager to affirm their Jewish faith. 

D'vekut: Hasidism & Jewish Mysticism

This documentary discusses the various sects of Hasidism. 

The Danish Solution

Sixty years ago the Final Solution was attempted in Denmark. The plan was averted, over 95 percent of the country's Jewish population survived the war.