Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is an annual recognition and celebration of the achievements and contributions of Jews to the fabric of American life and culture throughout our 350-year history in the United States. Held during the month of May, JAHM was first recognized in April 2006 following the passage of resolutions in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Since then, annual proclamations have been issued by presidents, governors, state legislatures, school boards and other governing bodies.

JAHM takes on added significance this year in the midst of an extremely difficult time for Jewish students, educators and their families. Antisemitism has exploded during the last six months and ongoing protests have left Jewish students feeling unsafe.

Please share these resources with your families, communities, and schools. 


The Jewish South – Newspaper published in Richmond, Virginia 1893-1899

The Levy Family Who Saved Jefferson’s Monticello

Virginia Jewish History


Podcast with short stories (under 10 minutes) appropriate for elementary school children

Ed Lacy, Jewish pulp fiction mystery writer, civil rights activist

Joshua Montefiore, First Jewish Author to Publish a Law Book in America

Jewish American Authors


From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America

Exhibit Items from Columbus to 1800

Exhibit Items from 1820-1924

Exhibit Items Confronting Challenges

Exhibit Items 20th Century

Exhibit Items Conclusion

Bernard Gotfryd photograph collection

The White House Scientist and the Ancient Jewish Book

Moses Levy (1757 – 1826): 1st Jewish Lawyer in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, With George Washington crossing the Deleware

Ellis Island

Francis Salvador, the first Jewish Member of a legislative assembly in American History

As a judge, Simon Sobeloff fought for desegregation across the Mid-Atlantic and the South

Rosa Sonnesschein, publisher of “American Jewess” (1895-1899)

“Dear Anne Frank”, a winner of the 2016 National Honor Award for Letters About Literature, written by 16 year old Erin Allen

Nina Tarasova, Popular Jewish Russian American singer early 20th century

1942 Photo of Jewish Heritage and American Home:

Full hour lesson plan on the only Jewish refugees (a total of 982 people) allowed in the United States during WWII. They were settled in Fort Ontario, NY

Truman’s Recognition of Israel

Smithsonian Institute Jewish American Collection Items

Links to a series of hour and half discussions on a lot of topics including:

  • America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today
  • Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR
  • The Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan – Their Lives and Legacies
  • The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics
  • Lincoln and the Jews: A History
  • We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History
  • When General Grant Expelled the Jews
  • Shared Legacies: Honoring the Black-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance
  • Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis and Social Justice

Albert Einstein’s 1939 letter to President Franklin Roosevelt:

Important Jews of Color

9 Current Jewish Political Leaders Who Helped Shape U.S. History

Virginia Holocaust Museum Jewish American Hall of Fame with link to slideshow


Roman Totenberg, Jewish American Violinist

Louis J Kahn, Jewish American Architect

Yiddish Radio and Music

The House I Live In– short film 10 minute 1945 starring young Frank Sinatra stopping elementary aged kids from beating up a Jewish Kid featuring the song “The House I Live In”. (Does contain some anti-Asian bias that is reflective of the attitudes against the Japanese after WWII.)

George Gershwin, “Rhapsody in Blue” at 100, on Library of Congress’ YouTube page

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby: Creators of the Marcel Comics Universe

Aaron Copland

Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man

Copeland’s Appalachian Spring

Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom

Irving Berlin
CBS Sunday Morning – Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin singing his “God Bless America” with hundreds of girl and boy scouts

Roy Lichtenstein

Individual works by contemporary Jewish artists with written commentary

Jewish Celebrities of the 21st Century