Congresswoman Maloney Recognizes Jewish American Heritage Month

May 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month:

“The Jewish American community has played a vital role in the development of our great nation. During the month of May, which has been designated as Jewish American Heritage Month, I want to take the time to celebrate this proud and vibrant community that has helped form the backbone of American history and continues to play a critical role in our national identity.

“Since the foundation of our country, Jewish Americans have made outstanding and indelible contributions to our country’s social, cultural, and scientific development.  To name just a few, we should remember Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish-American Supreme Court Justice, author Betty Friedan who wrote ‘The Feminine Mystique,’ scientist Dr. Gertrude B. Elion, who developed the first chemotherapy treatments for childhood leukemia, the great songwriters Irving Berlin and Ira and George Gershwin, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, astronomer Carl Sagan and polio vaccine inventor Jonas Salk.  With creativity, inventiveness and perseverance, the Jewish American community has unequivocally made our great country greater.

“Most impressively, the Jewish American community has accomplished all this while staying resolute in its own faith and persevering in the face of antisemitism and discrimination.  We must continue to stand with Jewish Americans to conquer the hatred and bigotry that has unfortunately become more commonplace in today’s world.”