President Bush announced the first monthlong commemoration of American Jewish roots in 2006. May was chosen to mark successful celebration of the 350th anniversary of American Jewish history in May 2004.
- The National Archives headquarters in Washington, DC, will celebrate with a May 21 panel discussion of the National Museum of American Jewish History, which will open in Philadelphia in fall 2010.
- The Library of Congress is holding three presentations, including one May 19 that explores the Jewish communities in Washington, DC, and Alexandria, VA, during the Civil War.
- This Sunday afternoon, May 3, in Sacramento, Calif., theres a Jewish American Heritage Festival.
Check with your library, synagogue and Jewish community center to find events near you. You can learn more about Jewish-American Heritage Month and see online exhibits by clicking here, through this site’s events calendar still lists 2008 celebrations.
For tips and resources on researching Jewish roots, see our research toolkit and look for Schelly Talalay Dardashtis seven search strategies in the September 2009 Family Tree Magazine (which mails to subscribers mid-June and goes on sale July 7).