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Obama, Michelle to host first Jewish Heritage Month reception on May 27


below, from the White House.....

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2010

President and First Lady to Host White House Jewish American Heritage Month Reception

WASHINGTON- On Thursday, May 27, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the first ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

The reception serves as an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the range and depth of Jewish American heritage and contributions to American culture, with guests representing the many walks of life that have helped weave the fabric of American history. Invitees include a range of community leaders and prominent Jewish Americans from Olympians and professional athletes to members of Congress, business leaders, scholars, military veterans, and astronauts.

Since taking office, President Obama has continued the tradition started under the previous Administration of proclaiming May Jewish American Heritage Month.

In this year's proclamation, President Obama said, "The Jewish American story is an essential chapter of the American narrative. It is one of refuge from persecution; of commitment to service, faith, democracy, and peace; and of tireless work to achieve success. As leaders in every facet of American life -- from athletics, entertainment, and the arts to academia, business, government, and our Armed Forces - Jewish Americans have shaped our Nation and helped steer the course of our history. We are a stronger and more hopeful country because so many Jews from around the world have made America their home."

Further details about the reception will be announced as they become available.



Jewish heritage should be celebrated. At only 2% of the world's population, Jews have managed a disproportionate abundance of achievement despite being such a small demographic. Reading a book called "The Golden Age of Jewish Achievements," the author Steven Pease researches such questions like why 36% of the world's Nobel Prize winners in Economics are Jewish or why 51% of Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction are also Jewish. Of course, Jews worldwide let alone in the US have plenty more achievements but I'll let Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz discuss those and how they relate to mainstream America! The interview is at: last I checked.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz ushered in this very noble movement. Their struggle and in many cases later successes reflect the American dream. The interview is at:

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