Jewish American Heritage Month
In 2006, President George W. Bush established Jewish American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation to honor the achievements of Jewish Americans and their contributions to our nation’s history, culture, and society. Every year since then, we’ve celebrated Jewish American Heritage Month in May.
The latest report by the American Jewish Population Project states that “Los Angeles County has the largest Jewish population of any single US county: 530,000 – 7% of all Jews in the United States.” Jews have been in the area since it was a Mexican outpost in the 1800s. Jacob Frankfurt was the first documented Jewish immigrant to arrive to the Puebla de Los Angeles from the East Coast in 1841. His journey from Europe to New York to California would be repeated in later years by thousands of Jews.
LA County Library is committed to serving the Jewish community and experience with a sizeable Judaica Collection, Hebrew, and Yiddish language books at our Culver City Julian Dixon Library. The Agoura Hills Library houses a Holocaust Collection and Hebrew books for children and adults. We also have local Jewish history materials in the Californiana collection. For more Jewish local history, check out the Mapping Jewish Los Angeles project developed by UCLA Library and local community archives.
For more information about Jewish American Heritage Month, please visit the Library of Congress.
People say the way to the heart is through the stomach, so we’d also like to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with you by sharing two delicious recipes from Linda Torn and Montebello native, Dr. Lenora M. Noroski. Thank you, Dr. Noroski and Linda! Also thank you, Sherry Uribe, for connecting us with them.