Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month:
"Jewish American Heritage Month is a time to honor and celebrate a community rich in achievement, central to American progress, bound together by the values of fairness and justice for all.
"The story of Jewish Americans is a critical thread in the fabric of the larger American story -- the tale of a people escaping prejudice in search of opportunity; of a community beset by a past of tragedy seeking out a future of equality. It is the same dream envisioned by every immigrant who reaches our shores and who strives for a better life for themselves and their families. It is essential to who we are as a nation -- a reminder that each generation of immigrants makes America more American; a primary reason why comprehensive immigration reform is a true reflection of our history and our best traditions.
"In this Jewish American Heritage Month, let us remember that the success of Jewish families in the United States is a tribute to our collective commitment to diversity as a source of strength and pluralism as a source of pride. Let us rededicate ourselves to the free practice of every faith without fear of bigotry or persecution. Let us ensure a future of hope and progress for every community."