Jewish American Heritage Month
Can you tell me about Jewish American History 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 at LA County Library have celebrated Jewish American Heritage in Los Angeles and in the entire nation in May.
The latest report by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles states that Los Angeles County has the largest Jewish population of any single US county: 560,000. That’s nearly 7% of all Jews in the entire United States! 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 years later by many thousands of Jews.
LA County Library is committed to serving the Jewish community and experience with a Judaica Collection, Hebrew, and Yiddish language books at our Culver City Julian Dixon Library. Agoura Hills Library houses a Holocaust Collection and Hebrew books for children and adults.
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.
How is LA County Library celebrating Jewish American History Month in May?
You can check out our specially curated film and book content below that has been selected for its relevance to the Jewish American experience. It is appropriate for all ages. We also have some delicious recipes for you to try out so you can get a special taste of the Jewish American experience.