President Barack Obama has declared May as Jewish American History Month. In his proclamation, President Obama discusses the long history of Jewish people in America. He notes the significance of this year, the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps by the World War II allies.
In part, the President said:
“From our Nation’s earliest days, Jewish Americans have been a critical part of our story. In the face of unspeakable discrimination and adversity, they have fought tirelessly to realize their piece of the American dream and the promise of our founding, holding tight to the belief that a better day lies ahead.
Their relentless spirit and remarkable achievements have enriched our country, stirred our conscience, and challenged us to extend the miracles of freedom and security. This month, we honor the vast contributions Jewish Americans have made to our world, and we recommit to standing up for the traditions we believe in and the values we share.
American Jews have worked to strengthen the promise of religious freedom because their ancestors were tested from the moment they came together and professed their faith. Today, they continue to teach us empathy and compassion, inspired by the lessons of their parents and grandparents who knew how it felt to be a stranger, and to stand up for a more perfect Union for all — relentlessly pursuing tikkun olam — because they have always understood that we must recognize ourselves in the struggles of our fellow man.
The world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau, and we are once again reminded that the vibrant culture of the Jewish people has not always been embraced. As tragic events show us all too often, Jewish communities continue to confront hostility and bigotry, including in America.
Our Nation shares an obligation to condemn and combat anti-Semitism and hatred wherever it exists, and we remain committed to standing against the ugly tide of anti-Semitism in all its forms, including in the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust.
For centuries, Jews have reached for the blessings of freedom and opportunity in the United States. Today — as pillars of their families and leaders in their communities — Jewish Americans represent a link in an unbroken chain of perseverance. We rededicate ourselves to building a world where diversity is cherished and faith is protected.”
The President suggests all Americans avail themselves of a special website www.jewishheritagemonth.com to learn more about Jewish contribution and special observances during May 2015.