WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month, which is celebrated during the month of May:
“Throughout the month of May, we recognize the third annual Jewish American Heritage Month, an opportunity to reflect on the long history of Jewish Americans and to celebrate their many contributions to our nation.
“The first Jewish Americans arrived in 1654 looking for a place where they could practice their faith freely, joining a nation of immigrants that placed the highest value on liberty and equality. Even in the face of intolerance and prejudice, Jewish Americans have developed a strong community and become an integral part of our society. This nation is a better place as a result of their hard work in numerous fields, including art, medicine, law, public service, and science.
“Without the leadership and contributions of Jewish Americans, this nation would not be what it is today. Their history and the history of the United States are inextricably intertwined, and we honor the role they have played in shaping our country.
“This week we are also recognizing the Days of Remembrance, our annual commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust. These days are set aside so that we may all reflect on the horrors that occurred over half a century ago, and remind ourselves of why we must never be indifferent to the forces of hatred and intolerance.”