May is Jewish American Heritage Month!
Established in 2006, Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) commemorates more than 350 years of Jewish history in America. In the face of an alarming rise in antisemitic attacks and rhetoric, it is more vital than ever to embrace Jewish identity and culture. The Jewish Federation of Geater Los Angeles believes that the antidote to hate in all its forms is to live our best Jewish lives. JAHM is an exciting opportunity to come together and celebrate the many ways Jews have positively impacted American society.
We are thrilled to share with you several upcoming local programs taking place throughout the month that The Jewish Federation is proud to co-sponsor!
Here are two events, please register and join us:
Coming Together: Combating Hate in a Polarized Society – May 12th at 4:00 PM
In recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Jewish American Heritage Months, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is thrilled to join American Jewish Committee (AJC) Los Angeles, the California Department of Justice, and the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF) for a screening of the award-winning documentary, The Race Epidemic at Holocaust Museum LA, followed by a panel discussion with several of the city’s most prominent AAPI and Jewish American leaders about how to best address the alarming rise of hate crimes against both communities.
Special Guests and Speakers:
California Attorney General Rob Bonta, U.S. Congressmember Judy Chu (virtual), L.A. City Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky (invited), L.A. County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath (invited), U.S. Congressmember (ret.) Mel Levine, L.A. City Councilman (ret.) / APALF Executive Director David E. Ryu, AJC Los Angeles Director Richard Hirschhaut, AAPI Equity Alliance Executive Director Manjusha P. Kulkarni, VP of Community Engagement, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Joanna Mendelson, The Race Epidemic Producer Ronald W. Wong, Producer
DATE: Friday, May 12th
TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
PLACE: Holocaust Museum
100 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Jewish Community Mural Project and Unveiling Block Party
All month, in partnership with LA vs Hate’s Solidarity Mural program and the Anti-Defamation League, we are helping shape the design of a new mural by artist and muralist Cloe Shadee Hakakian. The mural will highlight LA’s beautiful diversity, an important lens through which to understand Los Angeles Jews. Save the date of June 4th for our mural unveiling block party in Pico-Robertson! Join us for an afternoon of art, music, solidarity, and fun for the whole family.
DATE: Sunday, June 4th
TIME: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
PLACE: The Mark
9320 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Additional resources for JAHM 2023:
The National Museum of American Jewish History
ADL 9 Ideas for Teaching Jewish American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
These resources provide information on the history, culture, and contributions of Jewish Americans to the United States.
Stay tuned for more updates from us!