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Bush to proclaim designated month for Jewish history
Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | April 22, 2006 | BETH REINHARD

Posted on 04/22/2006 12:13:59 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative

In a history-making moment, President George W. Bush is expected next week to proclaim May of every year as Jewish American Heritage Month.

The proclamation will be the culmination of months of work by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who pushed resolutions through the House and Senate that urged Bush to take action. That’s no small feat for a first-term Demo-crat.

Now it’s up to school districts, museums and community groups to make the symbolic designation meaningful. Wasserman Schultz wants these institutions to raise awareness about Jewish contributions to American life, as they have done with Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

"We’ve all observed a precipitous rise in bigotry and anti-Semitism across the country and globally," said Wasserman Schultz. "If through educational and cultural programming we can foster understanding and tolerance, that would be a significant accomplishment."

The month of May will replace the little-known Jewish American Heritage week in April that has been proclaimed annually by presidents - including Bush - since 1980. May was chosen because it does not include any major Jewish holidays.

"There will be no religious emphasis," Wasserman Schultz said. "It will be purely cultural and educational, so we didn’t want it tied to any particular Jewish holiday."

The U.S. House of Representatives put a stop to laws commemorating a certain period of time in 1995, responding to the deluge of members seeking a symbolic way to connect with certain constituents or special-interest groups. But lawmakers still ask the president frequently to issue proclamations, and he has honored Irish Americans, the Wright brothers and family caregivers.

Bush courted Jewish voters, who traditionally lean Democratic, during his two presidential campaigns. He began an annual Hanukkah celebration at the White House. Before last year’s event, the White House brought in a team of three rabbis to oversee the cleansing of the kitchen and preparation of kosher food.

"The president recognizes the importance of celebrating Jewish-American contributions to the nation," said White House spokesman Blair Jones.

Wasserman Schultz will officially announce Jewish American Heritage Month at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach. The museum’s founding executive director, Marcia Zerivitz, worked closely with Wasserman Schultz.

"We don’t want to forget the larger story of immigration and that everyone has come from somewhere else," Zerivitz said. "American Jews have contributed so much, and we thought we should have a month to commemorate that."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americanjews; bush; history; jewish; judaism; wassermanisobnoxious; wassermanschultz

1 posted on 04/22/2006 12:14:02 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Well the blacks get a month , the jews get a Month, The irish get Saint patty's day.


2 posted on 04/22/2006 12:18:42 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

Likely this is to set us up for Muslim History Month just before election day...that will fire up the base.


3 posted on 04/22/2006 12:26:06 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: sgtbono2002

The italians USED to get Columbus day...

Way to bring the country together George!!


4 posted on 04/22/2006 12:27:05 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: West Coast Conservative

C'mon guys, we have a Womans History Month after all.


5 posted on 04/22/2006 12:29:52 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: West Coast Conservative

But, but, May is so Catholic, it's the month of Mary. I don't think this was a good choice for a Jewish History month. And, how stupid, to think you can study Jewish Culture, without the Jewish religion.

Ack, I hope I don't get flambed here.


6 posted on 04/22/2006 12:32:07 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: West Coast Conservative

February?


7 posted on 04/22/2006 12:38:49 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

good feaking grief.


8 posted on 04/22/2006 12:41:31 PM PDT by conservative physics
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To: West Coast Conservative; Gamecock; xzins; Alex Murphy; HarleyD; Frumanchu; ears_to_hear; ...
We're going to have to change the calendar to accommodate all these monthly proclamations.

Can Homosexual Month and Pit Bull Month and Muslim Freedom Fighters Month be far behind?

As soon as the schools return Spring Break to Easter Break and Winter Break to Christmas Break, I'll consider Jewish/black/Muslim/Presbyterian months.

9 posted on 04/22/2006 12:43:32 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: jocon307

Someone overlooked the Hispanic bloc when choosing May. La Raza will be complaining that the Jewish folks got the entire month while Latinos have to settle for one stinking Cinco de Mayo.


10 posted on 04/22/2006 12:43:53 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: West Coast Conservative

Why dont we get to the point; every month is, "anything but white and Christian" month.


11 posted on 04/22/2006 12:54:48 PM PDT by cougar_mccxxi
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To: dogcaller

I'll take June for North Georgia Redneck history month!


12 posted on 04/22/2006 12:55:21 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: West Coast Conservative; SJackson; Alouette; dennisw; Hildy; Nachum; Brian Allen; Yehuda; Salem

Wonderful news!


13 posted on 04/22/2006 1:11:40 PM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: dogcaller

"Cinco de Mayo."

Cinco de Mayo is cancelled for us this year.


14 posted on 04/22/2006 1:12:00 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: dogcaller
"Someone overlooked the Hispanic bloc when choosing May. La Raza will be complaining that the Jewish folks got the entire month while Latinos have to settle for one stinking Cinco de Mayo."

Send em the hell back to mexico and they can have a take-back-the-month parade!

15 posted on 04/22/2006 1:12:12 PM PDT by patriot_wes
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To: Democratshavenobrains
C'mon guys, we have a Womans History Month after all.

So a Jewish Woman will get two months. A Black Jewish Woman will have three months. That's a quarter of a year. That's discrimination! Call the ACLU!

16 posted on 04/22/2006 1:48:33 PM PDT by nosofar
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To: sgtbono2002

When will we have a Welsh month? How about a day?


17 posted on 04/22/2006 2:10:57 PM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: West Coast Conservative

18 posted on 04/22/2006 2:14:55 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: West Coast Conservative

That leaves 10 months unaccounted for. I suggest one month be set aside as "non-hyphenated-Americans history month."


19 posted on 04/22/2006 2:25:41 PM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

I figure we will get a Welsh month about the same time we get a Redneck Month. I wouldnt hold my breath.


20 posted on 04/22/2006 2:32:00 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Rabid Dog

It's a "heritage" month, not a religious month or Jewish holy day. I think it's an excellent idea.


21 posted on 04/22/2006 2:51:00 PM PDT by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

So are we going to get a "White History" month?


22 posted on 04/22/2006 6:58:25 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: Snapping Turtle
It's a "heritage" month, not a religious month or Jewish holy day. I think it's an excellent idea.

So do I.

Yours is the first rational comment on this entire thread.

23 posted on 04/22/2006 7:02:49 PM PDT by sinkspur (Things are about to happen that will answer all your questions and solve all your problems.)
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24 posted on 04/23/2006 6:00:41 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
That's not completely correct. In the modern Jewish calendar, in the month of Iyar that begins next weekend, Yom Ha Zikaron and Yom Ha'Azmut have acquired cultural significance. They're the only holidays to be added to the Jewish calendar outside the Torah since Purim since they commemorate the Holocaust dead and the establishment of Israel.

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25 posted on 04/23/2006 6:07:45 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: West Coast Conservative

can't wait for Muslim month


26 posted on 04/23/2006 8:01:16 AM PDT by rang1995 (They will love us when we win)
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