"On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law an act establishing May as Jewish American Heritage Month, recognizing the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. Jews have been in America since 1654 and have lived in the South since the late 17th century. As late as 1820, more Jews lived in Charleston, South Carolina than in any other city in the United States. Though they are less than 1% of the general southern population, and less than 5% of America’s Jewish population, southern Jews have made a significant mark on the communities in which they live. Nationwide, Jewish immigrants have made significant and lasting contributions to both their local communities and the nation at large.
Jewish American Heritage Month celebrates the achievements of Jewish Americans, fosters pride among the American Jewish community, and aims to educate and enlighten a wider audience about the achievements of Jewish Americans. This month is an opportunity for congregations to explore their history and look further into the larger Jewish immigration story. It is also a chance to share your knowledge and Jewish pride with your community and highlight Jewish Americans and southern Jewish Americans" (ISJL)