President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Jewish American Heritage Month
By the President of the United States of America
During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our Nation’s strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people. The small band of Dutch Jews who first immigrated in 1654, seeking refuge and religious liberty, brought with them their families, their religion, and their cherished customs, which they have passed on from generation to generation. The moral and ethical code of the Jewish people is inspired by their spiritual vocation of “tikkun olam” ‑‑ the charge to repair the world. Through that vocation, the Jewish people have left an indelible mark on American culture. Today, it is manifested in the towering success Jewish people have achieved in America through a unique synthesis of respect for heritage and love of country.. More
Make way for the Maccabeats
When the Maccabeats formed at New York’s Yeshiva University in 2007, its members did not imagine that one day they’d sing at the White House and reach millions with songs inspired by traditional Judaism.
“The joke is that we started at Yeshiva University, whose sports club is the Maccabees, so when we didn’t make the basketball team, we started a singing group,” said Julian Horowitz, the group’s musical director.. More