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Jewish American Heritage Month

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Eddie Cantor, Albert Einstein, Sammy Davis Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg

NARA is proud to observe Jewish American Heritage Month and to recognize Jewish contributions to American culture, history, military, science, government, and more.

In 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month. This was a result of a concerted effort by American Jewish leaders to introduce resolutions in both the U.S. Senate and the House urging the President to proclaim a month specifically recognizing Jews in America and their contributions to the United States.


2019 Theme: Jewish American Illustrators

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Jewish illustrator Rube Goldberg sketched President Harry S. Truman at the White House with a group of visiting cartoonists. Goldberg is at the far right. Those holding up drawings are, from left to right: Ham Fisher (partly cut off), Milton Caniff, Alex Raymond, Jo Fischer (over Truman's left shoulder), Alfred Andriola (bow tie, next to Truman), Ray Van Buren (next to Fischer), John Pieretti, and Goldberg. All others are unidentified. (Harry S. Truman Library, National Archives Identifier 7865597)

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Rube Goldberg is best known for his drawings of complicated gadgets. During World War II, he drew a concept for a new kind of "war machine." (National Archives Identifier 534875)


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