Jewish Heritage Month — National Register of Historic …

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the historical accomplishments of Jewish Americans. We showcase historic properties listed in the National Register and National Park units commemorating the events and people that help illustrate Jewish Americans’ contributions to American history.

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Highlighted Properties

Jewish Center of Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York The Jewish Center of Coney Island, built between 1929 and 1931, is significant under criterion A for its association with the Jewish Community Center movement of the late 1910s and 1920s and as an indication of the development of Brighton Beach, at the southern edge of Brooklyn, as a new, middle-class residential neighborhood with a substantial Jewish population in the 1920s.

Hyde Park, Burkeville, Virginia The property’s successful operation provided the opportunity for agriculturally skilled Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany to Immigrate to America and expand the farm’s productivity during the 1930s and early 1940s.

Previously Highlighted Jewish American Heritage Properties

St. Thomas Synagogue–Beracha Veshalom Vegemiluth Hasadim Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands The Synagogue of St. Thomas, called Beracha Veshalom Vegemiluth Hasidim (Blessing and Peace and Acts of Piety), built in 1833 in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island, is the second oldest and longest in continuous use synagogue in the United States. The congregation, originally Spanish and Portuguese SephardicJews, came to the Caribbean Basin to finance trade between the Europe and the New World. Commonly referred to as the St. Thomas Synagogue, it is located on the southeastern slope of Denmark Hill in one of the older residential areas of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin islands, to the north of the towns main business district.

New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society Synagogue and Creamery Site Village of Chesterfield, Town of Montville, Connecticut The New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society Synagogue and Creamery Site, located in the town of Montville, Connecticut, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 28, 2012 for both its historical and archaeological significance. The site includes the foundation remains of the synagogue, its associated mikvah, and a stone well, the foundation remains of the former creamery building (later converted into a dwelling and inn), a stone well, a barn, and several retaining walls.

Louis Brandeis House, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) was the first Jewish person to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court on January 28, 1916, Louis Brandeis was already nationally known for his progressive views. Due at these views and ethnicity, his appointment aroused a storm of protest among large segments of the nations legal establishment. None the less, he was confirmed and took the oath on June 5, 1916. His name first became nationally known with the publication in 1914 of his book Other Peoples Money and How the Bankers Use It, which critiqued corporate power in the early 20th century

Hebrew Orphan Asylum, Baltimore, Maryland The history of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum site spans nearly 200 years from its beginning in 1815 as Calverton, the country home of Baltimore banker Dennis Smith. An 1874 fire destroyed the Calverton mansion, and led to the construction of the present building, which was specifically designed as an orphanage and was dedicated in 1876.

Chevra Bnai Yisroel Synagogue, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Designed by local architect, J. Chris Jensen, the Chevra Bnai Yisroel Synagogue reflects the congregations orthodox origins in its original design, with later remodeling reflecting the subsequent changes in the congregations religious outlook and traditions. The congregation associated with the Chevra Bnai Yisroel Synagogue in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was originally affiliated with Orthodox Judaism, later with Conservative Judaism, and most recently with Reconstuctionalist Judaism.

Jewish Shelter Home, Multnomah County, Oregon The Shelter Home provided the Jewish immigrant district a certain continuity and support the Shelter Home allowed Jewish children of disrupted family backgrounds a Jewish upbringing which they quite possibly would have missed had they been placed in a state-operated orphanage. In the course of a year, 18 to 20 children would pass through the house; each staying whatever time was necessary. This process was extremely important to the maintenance of Jewish culture and society in South Portland.

Park Circle Historic District (Baltimore, MD) Park Circle Historic District in Baltimore, Maryland was an early suburban Jewish neighborhood developed when the children of Eastern European immigrants moved from East Baltimore to the city’s northwest outskirts, setting the pattern for further expansion of Baltimore’s Jewish community to the northwest.

Beth Sholom Synagogue (Elkins Park, PA) was one of a handful of Wright buildings singled out in 1959 by the American institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Mill House (Orange County, NY) In 1710, Luis Moses Gomez, the son of a well-to-do Jewish immigrant merchant, and a member of one of the foremost Jewish families in colonial New York, began to purchase land in Ulster and Orange Counties, finally acquiring about 2500 acres. On this tract of land Gomez constructed a stone house, the original section of the present Mill House, to accommodate his fur trading business with the American Indians.

Albert Einstein House (Princeton, New Jersey): Albert Einstein, considered the greatest physicist of all time and named in 1999 Time Magazines Person of the Century, was born to Jewish parents in Ulm, Germany in 1879. Although most famous for his theory of relativity (and specifically mass-energy equivalence, E=mc), he was also known as an international advocate of peace, human rights and an early supporter of a homeland for the Jewish people.

Historic Synagogues of Connecticut: In 1818 a constitutional convention in Connecticut resulted in the disestablishment of the Congregational Church as a tax-supported institution. At this time less than a dozen people of the Jewish faith were known to live in Connecticut. Jewish public worship was not permitted in Connecticut until 1843.

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Why Did Canada Nix Jewish Heritage Month? – Opinion …

It was a slap in the face to Canadian Jews by anti-Semitic legislators. Or maybe it was a procedural snafu in a ready-to-bolt-for-vacation Parliament.

In any case, the motion to designate November as Jewish Heritage Month in Canada is dead in the water after fellow lawmakers declined to support Liberal MP Irwin Cotler , who floated the idea last week.

The proposal from Cotler a former Justice Minister and attorney general of Canada who is retiring from politics this month seems innocuous enough: That the House recognize the month of November as Jewish heritage month in recognition of the important contributions of Jewish Canadians to the settlement, development and growth of Canada; the cultural diversity of the Canadian Jewish community; the present significance of the Canadian Jewish community to this country; and the importance of creating opportunities for Canadians to learn more about each other in order to foster greater awareness, cohesion and mutual respect.

But with a No from the floor that indicated a lack of unanimous support, the proposal evaporated.

Whats the larger message here, the Forward asked Cotler, especially in a country where every ethnic group seems to earn some kind of heritage goodie from the federal government and where the ruling Conservatives have, under Stephen Harper, made support for Israel a pillar of their political platform?

Im not sure there is one, Cotler said from his home in Montreal. Its not easy to get unanimous consent for a motion. I had the consent of my party [the Liberals] and the NDP, the left-leaning New Democratic Party. But, Cotler added, Conservative party House leader Peter Van Loan hadnt agreed to the proposal, and thats a formality you need to get consent.

The Forward asked Van Loan through his spokesperson why he didnt support Cotlers measure. Between mentioning Harpers recent King David Award, the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, and Israels right to defend itself, Van Loans statement said the Canadian government believes that motions to commemorate days and months should go through the proper legislative process.

Cotler added that he was told too many Heritage Month proposals had been brought up for unanimous-consent votes. I was associated with a number of them Islamic, Asian, black, he said. The house leaders reasoning this time had nothing to do with my motion in particular, but that wed had too many similar motions, and we had to move this one forward by way of legislative initiative, otherwise known as a private-members bill. But procedural complications made that option impossible, so Cotler went with what was essentially a Hail-Mary pass.

Whatever the gamesmanship behind it, the proposals defeat signals serious problems to Sue-Ann Levy.

When you asked me about this, I thought, Here we go again, said Levy, the Toronto Sun investigative columnist whos made headlines herself for outspoken pro-Israel and pro-Jewish views. Irwin Cotlers a great champion for Jewish rights. But I believe theres anti-Semitic sentiment among Liberals and other members of leftist parties like the NDP, she told the Forward. Theyd never admit it, but it comes out, especially as anti-Israel rhetoric, which to me is the new anti-Semitism.

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Vice President Biden Acknowledges ‘Immense’ Jewish Role in American Mass Media and Cultural Life

By Mark Weber July 2013

In a remarkable but under-reported address, Vice President Joe Biden recently acknowledged that the immense and outsized Jewish role in the US mass media and cultural life has been the single most important factor in shaping American attitudes over the past century, and in driving major cultural- political changes.

Jewish heritage has shaped who we are all of us as much or more than any other factor in the last 223 years. And that’s a fact,” Biden told a gathering of Jewish leaders on May 21, 2013, in Washington, DC. The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it’s fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage, he added. /1

Think – behind of all that, I bet you 85 percent of those [social-political] changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media, are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry. The influence is immense, the influence is immense. And, I might add, it is all to the good, he said. We talk about it in terms of the incredible accomplishments and contributions of individual Jews, Biden went on, but it’s more profound than that because the values, the values are so deep and so engrained in American culture, in our Constitution.

Biden speaks with the awareness and perspective of a seasoned Washington insider. He was a US Senator for 26 years, held important posts in Congress, and was twice a US presidential candidate. Few men have been more deeply involved in national politics, or are more intimately familiar with the realities of power in American public life.

Biden went on to speak of the crucial role played by Jews in the evolution of American jurisprudence, and in that regard mentioned seven Supreme Court justices: Brandeis, Fortas, Frankfurter, Cardozo, Ginsberg, Breyer and Kagan. You can’t talk about the recognition of … rights in the Constitution without looking at these incredible jurists that we’ve had.

Biden might also have mentioned that of the nine current US Supreme Court justices, three are Jewish, and that Jews are vastly overrepresented in other high-level federal, state and city government posts. He could have mentioned that the chairman of the Federal Reserve System, and the mayors of America’s three most populous cities New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are Jewish.

The Jewish people have contributed greatly to America. No group has had such an outsized influence per capita, Biden also said. More specifically, he cited the Jewish role in shaping popular attitudes and in setting policies on race relations, the role of women in society, and gay rights. He went on: You can’t talk about the civil rights movement in this country without talking about Jewish freedom riders and Jack Greenberg … You can’t talk about the women’s movement without talking about Betty Friedan. Biden also praised the Jewish community’s embrace of immigration.

I believe what affects the [social-political] movements in America, what affects our attitudes in America are as much the culture and the arts as anything else, said Biden. It wasn’t anything we [politicians] legislatively did, he went on. It was [such television shows as] Will and Grace,’ it was the social media. Literally. That’s what changed peoples’ attitudes. That’s why I was so certain that the vast majority of people would embrace, and rapidly embrace same-sex marriage.

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Why Does No One Care About Jewish Heritage Month …

So how did you commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month this May?

If you didnt or if you didnt even know such a month existed you are in good company, that of the majority of American Jews.

But after nearly a decade of relative obscurity, Jewish American Heritage Month got national recognition this year when President Obama took a rare trip from the White House to Washingtons Adas Israel synagogue to deliver an address in honor of the month-long occasion on May 22.

JAMH organizers believe the event, which was intensively covered by national and international media, could boost the otherwise little-known celebration of American Jews and their contributions, and lift it from obscurity. But even for the month of May, they face some ruthless competition. May is also officially the month for celebrating Asian Pacific American heritage. Its Older Americans month, too.

Still, JAHM proponents saw the Adas Israel event as a potential turning point. In the first 10 years of Jewish American Heritage Month, a large part of what has been done was Jews talking to Jews about the contribution of other Jews, said JAHM board chairman Greg Rosenbaum, a private equity investor who used to head Americas largest kosher poultry producer, But in order for it to be a success, it needs to tell non-Jews the story of Jewish contribution to American society.

JAHM may not stack up as one of the nations most visible ethnic commemoration months, but that doesnt mean it has not been a lot of fun for Jewish communal figures attending events. It is what brought Obama to Adas Israel on May 22; it is the reason 250 Jewish activists crammed into a congressional hall two days earlier to mingle with lawmakers commemorating the event, and for several years, JAHM also gave the president an opportunity to throw an annual reception where the lucky couple hundred guests got a chance to rub elbows with Jewish luminaries such as Sandy Koufax, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Barbara Walters.

Dedicating a month to a certain part of the population is the governments way of making the group feel that its history, heritage and struggles are recognized by the nation.

The most well known of the 10 congressionally officially proclaimed months is clearly African-American History Month, which is marked each February in schools across the country, in TV specials and with a series of events. Other groups that can show an officially proclaimed month for their name include Latino-Americans, Italian-Americans and Indian-Americans, and there are also months dedicated to womens history, disability awareness, and gay and lesbian pride.

At best, ethnic heritage months increase awareness for a finite amount of time, said Jason Low, a publisher focused on books promoting diversity who has written on the issue. Once the month has ended, the very problem that the given heritage month was designed to address resets itself, and those books are put away and ignored for another year.

But William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy at the Jewish Federations of North America, believes that at least in the case of Jewish Americans, heritage month had an impact.

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Rangel Honors Jewish American Heritage Month | Congressman …

Washington, D.C. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who represents New York’s 13th Congressional District that includes Upper Manhattan and part of the Bronx, issued the following statement to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month throughout May:

“This May we celebrate Jewish American History Month, to recognize the social, political, and cultural history of America’s Jewish community. I am pleased to recognize the myriad contributions Jewish Americans make every day to improve our City, State and Nation often in the face of unspeakable discrimination and adversity. America is blessed to have such a vibrant community that impacts so many lives through the spirit of tikkun olam or ‘repairing the world.’

It is my great honor to represent the Upper Manhattan Congressional District and the Bronx, which is home to many distinguished institutions, such as The Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University, and Touro College, as well as almost thirty active synagogues of all denominations. I am proud that my dearly respected friend, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, who is world-renowned for his efforts to promote peace and justice, has been recently knighted by Pope Francis and made a member of the Papal Order of St. Sylvester at a ceremony in New York.

Over the years, I have worked closely with New York based institutional organizations like the Jewish Community Relations Council, Met Council of Jewish Poverty and the American Jewish Committee on a variety of issues. I have led past efforts to assist Jews seeking refuge from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, and I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in Congress on various bills to fight anti-Semitism and racism. Just recently I supported a resolution urging the Administration to combat anti-Semitism globally. As a strong supporter of Israel, I will continue to advocate for stability in the Middle East. I congratulate Jewish people everywhere for their contributions to our community and to our country. To them I say Shalom and Kol Tov.”

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Jewish Heritage Month : CUPE Local 79

Jewish Heritage Month

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On February 23, 2012, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 17, making the month of May Jewish Heritage Month in the Province. The legislation received strong cross-party support, being introduced by Liberal MPP Mike Colle as a private members bill with co-sponsorship from Peter Shurman of the Progressive Conservative Party and Cheri DiNovo of the NDP.

This Bill recognizes and honours the significant contributions of Jewish Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric across Ontario for more than two centuries. The Jewish community has worked side-by-side with Ontarians from all backgrounds to help build this province, and their continued involvement has supported and enhanced the diverse multicultural mosaic that makes Ontario a place envied around the world. Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, in communities across Ontario.

May was chosen because it is an important month for the Jewish Canadian community. Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israeli Independence Day frequently occur in May depending on the lunar calendar, and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Music Week are annual May events.

Canada has the fourth largest Jewish community in the world, exceeded only by Israel, the United States, and France. More than half of this countrys 360,000 Jewish Canadians live in Ontario. Local 79 stands in solidarity with Jewish workers and proudly celebrates Jewish Heritage Month.

Renowned Canadians of Jewish Heritage include:

Rosalie Abella, Supreme Court Justice Dave Barrett, former Premier of British Columbia Leonard Cohen, musician and poet David Croll, first Jewish senator Drake, hip hop artist and actor Lew Hayman, Toronto Argonauts & Montreal Alouettes coach Naomi Klein, Activist Stephen Lewis, Former Leader of the Ontario NDP, United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Anne Michaels, poet and novelist Peter C. Newman, journalist Nathan Phillips, Former Mayor of Toronto Louis Rasminsky, Order of Canada, 3rd Governor Bank of Canada Mordecai Richler, author, screenwriter and essayist William Shatner, actor and director Miriam Waddington, poet

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