WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced passage by the Senate of a bipartisan resolution (S. Res. 458) recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month and honoring Holocaust survivors for their contributions to the United States of America.
"Jewish American Heritage Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate and honor a community that has been an integral part of weaving the fabric of America," said Senator Menendez. "From science and innovation, to music and popular culture, to government and business, Jewish Americans have enriched our society at every turn. Their stories are the quintessential American stories of struggles and successes, faith and family, diversity and tolerance. Along the way, Jewish Americans were, and continue to be, front and center in the fight for civil rights, inclusion, and equality. So now is a time to recognize our vibrant Jewish community and the many ways Jewish Americans lift our country up."
"This month and throughout the year, it's important that we celebrate the many contributions Jewish Americans have made as well as remember the great struggles endured by Holocaust survivors and honor the memories of the millions of victims," Senator Booker said."I am truly grateful for my fellow Americans who bring their many talents and rich culture to New Jersey's thriving Jewish community and honor their commitment to stand on the frontlines in the fight for liberty and justice for all."
The resolution, which was authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and co-sponsored by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ohio), and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), commemorates the many contributions people of the Jewish faith have made to American society in the areas of the humanities, science, government, law, history, medicine, military service, philosophy, social justice, technology, and more.