American Jewish History Month Passes House Unanimously
Wasserman Schultz resolution is first step in creation of national month recognizing Jewish contributions to American history
December 15, 2005
(Washington, DC) -- This afternoon the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 423-0, a resolution sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, urging President Bush to proclaim January as American Jewish History month. This historic legislation was introduced with the support of 250 original co-sponsors with broad bi-partisan support.
"For over 350 years, American culture has been deeply enriched by the contributions of Jews," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. "While only 2% of the population, Jews have played a vital role in every aspect of American culture, from the westward expansion to advances in medicine to such quintessentially American symbols as the song God Bless America."
Many Americans have very little understanding of Judaism and Jewish culture simply because the majority of Americans have few interactions with Jews or Jewish traditions.
"For instance, many Americans perceive Judaism as only a religion," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. "In reality, Judaism is a religion, a rich tradition, and a culture that dates back over 4,000 years. It is this very complexity that contributes to stereotypes and prejudices often directed at Jews."
Rep. Wasserman Schultz will be working with House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) as well as with the Washington representatives of organizations from across the country to urge President Bush to establish, by Executive Order, American Jewish History Month.