Jewish American Heritage Month


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month by honoring and highlighting the diverse culture, heritage, and contributions of Jewish Americans throughout history. Jewish American Heritage Month is nationally recognized and serves as an opportunity to honor and celebrate the traditions, food, art, languages, people, culture, and stories of these communities. We encourage our community to study, observe, and celebrate the Jewish American community on campus, within the Worcester community, and beyond. 

Jewish American Heritage Month originated in 1980 when Congress passed a resolution, which authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating April 21-28, 1980, as Jewish Heritage Week. Following a series of annual presidential proclamations designating a week in April or May of each year as Jewish Heritage Week, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month on April 20, 2006. The proclamation began with efforts 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 Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. These resolutions urged the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the rich history of Jews in America and the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American society. The resolutions passed unanimously, first in the House of Representatives in December 2005 and in the Senate in February 2006. 


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