Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Sen. Specter Urge President Bush to Proclaim January as American Jewish History Month
December 22, 2005
(Washington, DC) -- Last night, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Senator Arlen Specter (PA) sent a letter to President Bush urging him to proclaim January to be American Jewish History Month. The letter resulted from the unanimous passage, last week, of a House resolution urging the President to proclaim American Jewish History Month. A similar resolution was introduced last week in the Senate by Senator Specter.
The text of the letter follows:
Dear Mr. President:
Thank you for supporting the celebrations and ceremonies honoring 350 years of Jewish life in America. The House of Representatives recently passed a resolution urging that you issue a proclamation for the observance of an American Jewish History Month. A similar resolution was introduced in the Senate. We respectfully request that in accordance with the resolutions, you proclaim each January as American Jewish History Month.
American Jewish History Month would allow local communities to celebrate the legacy of the American Jewish experience and the rich cultural heritage of American Jewish communities. Similar to Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March, American Jewish History Month would present educators with the opportunity and tools to teach diversity and cultural awareness.
As the United States continuously strives to promote understanding of our many ethnicities and cultures, we believe education and public awareness is necessary to combat ignorance and misunderstanding. American Jewish History Month would educate millions of Americans about the rich heritage and traditions of the Jewish people, whose contributions to medicine, the arts, science, and technology have shaped the fabric of American society and global history.
As the celebrations honoring 350 years of Jewish life in America come to a close, it is appropriate to continue the spirit of multiculturalism and diversity by designating a month to formally recognize American Jewish History. Thank you for your support of Jewish commemorative events in the past, and we hope that you will issue this proclamation on or before the end of this year.
Arlen Specter Debbie Wasserman Schultz
United States Senate U.S. House of Representatives