Presidential Proclamation -- Jewish American Heritage
JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH,
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PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
For thousands of years, the Jewish people have
sustained their identity and traditions, persevering in the face of persecution.
Through generations of enslavement and years of wandering, through forced
segregation and the horrors of the Holocaust, they have maintained their holy
covenant and lived according to the Torah. Their pursuit of freedom brought
multitudes to our shores, and today our country is the proud home to millions of
Jewish Americans. This month, let us honor their tremendous contributions -- as
scientists and artists, as activists and entrepreneurs. 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.
This history led many Jewish Americans to find
common cause with the Civil Rights Movement. African Americans and Jewish
Americans marched side-by-side in Selma and Montgomery. They boarded buses for
Freedom Rides together, united in their support of liberty and human dignity.
These causes remain just as urgent today. Jewish communities continue to
confront anti-Semitism -- both around the world and, as tragic events mere weeks
ago in Kansas reminded us, here in the United States. Following in the footsteps
of Jewish civil rights leaders, we must come together across all faiths, reject
ignorance and intolerance, and root out hatred wherever it exists.
In celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month,
we also renew our unbreakable bond with the nation of Israel. It is a bond that
transcends politics, a partnership built on mutual interests and shared ideals.
Our two countries are enriched by diversity and faith, fueled by innovation, and
ruled not only by men and women, but also by laws. As we continue working in
concert to build a safer, more prosperous, more tolerant world, may our
friendship only deepen in the years to come.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of
the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as
Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.JewishHeritageMonth.gov to
learn more about the heritage and contributions of Jewish Americans and to
observe this month, the theme of which is healing the world, with appropriate
programs, activities, and ceremonies.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand
this thirtieth day of April, in the year two thousand fourteen, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and