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2024 Jewish American Heritage Month | Curated Resource Guide

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a celebration Jewish folks within the United States. Originally an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders, JAHM was established in 2006 by President George W. Bush and continues to be recognized by Presidential Proclamation.

To recognize and celebrate this month, CEHHS curated a list of resources centering Jewish voices and stories. These resources are available through the UT Library and online.

2024 Updated Resources: Arts and Culture

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Jewish arts and culture, a rich tapestry that has significantly shaped American society. Explore the profound influence of Jewish artists, whose creative expressions span across various mediums – from the visual arts to music, literature, and theater. From the vibrant Yiddish theaters of New York to the influential Jewish voices in Hollywood, Jewish Americans have shaped the cultural landscape of the nation. In the 2024 curated resource guide update, CEHHS A&E pays tribute to the artists, writers, and musicians who have contributed their unique perspectives and talents, enriching America’s artistic heritage.

Art Restart: Adam W. McKinney | Audio Interview – Kenan Institute for the Arts

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party | Article – Jennie Klein

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene | Multimedia

Queer Klezmer with Isle of Klezbos | Podcast Episode – Jewish Women’s Archive

A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness | Physical Book – Jai Chakrabarti

2023 Highlighted Resources

  • The Bintel Brief: Letters from Jewish Life on New York’s Lower East Side | Video
  • The Jewish Americans: A Series | Multimedia
  • Margot by Jillian Cantor | Physical Book
  • Taking Root: Narratives of Jewish Women in Latin America | E-Book

2022 Highlighted Resources

National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania leads this celebration with a month-long series of events. The museum presents educational programs and experiences centering the Jewish experience in the United States.

National Museum of American Jewish History

Jewish American Heritage Month Website

This website combines resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Services, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to celebrate Jewish Americans. The site highlights exhibits and collections, audio and video recordings, images, and a “For Teachers” section.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Originally curated May 2021 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS A&E, UT Knoxville | Updated May 2024 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Candidate, CEHHS A&E, UT Knoxville