May has been proclaimed by President Obama and United States Congress, Jewish American Heritage Month. Despite years of oppression and persecution, Jews have always risen up to help bring improvement and progress to society. For more than the 350 years, Jews have been making major contributions to the American culture, including arts, science, medicine, sports, business, government and military service.
Escaping religious persecution and ethnic violence and seeking political freedom and economic opportunity, American Jews, over centuries, have held firm in the belief that the United States was "Di Goldene Medina" -- the Golden Country. Those who moved here built houses and gardens, raised families, and launched businesses. They have pursued education to advance their mission to make the world a better place. In every aspect of the country's cultural, spiritual, economic, and civic life, American Jews have stood at the forefront of the struggles for human freedom, equality, and dignity, helping to shine a light of hope to people around the globe.
- Donald J. Trump
The Jewish people's pursuit of freedom brought multitudes to our shores...let us honor their tremendous contributions...And let all of us find inspiration in a story that speaks to the universal human experience, with all of its suffering and all of its salvation.
- Barack Obama
Jewish American Heritage Month [is] to increase tolerance and raise awareness about ...the depth and breadth of contributions of Jews through 350 years of Jewish life in America... through every walk of life is incredibly important.
- George W. Bush
Jewish citizens have contributed their knowledge and skills to every field of endeavor, including education, business, industry, science, and the arts. Their names are permanently etched in America's history books, and the Jewish community's rich heritage and culture pervade all aspects of American society.
- William J. Clinton