Hoyer Statement on Jewish American Heritage Month

For Immediate Release:

May 1, 2012

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking Jewish American Heritage Month:

“Throughout the month of May, we celebrate the long history of the Jewish community in this country and the many contributions its members have made to building America, defending its freedom, and enriching our national life.  For over 350 years, since the first Jewish immigrants found refuge on our shores, the American Jewish community has played an important and significant role, drawing on the ancient Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam – 'repairing the world' – helping to make our union a more perfect one in each generation.  We are particularly grateful for the many Jewish Americans serving in uniform in Afghanistan and around the world, and we also salute the daily work of Jewish organizations in communities from coast to coast that bring food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and comfort to the sick.

“Just two weeks ago we marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, and last week we came together in rejoicing over the 64th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.  Both of these occasions provided an opportunity to reflect on the tragedies and triumphs of Jewish history, and the American Jewish community continues to play a leading role in commemorating the Shoah and standing up for the peace and security of Israel.  I join in celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month and thanking the American Jewish community for all it has done and continues to do to make this country and the world a better place.”

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