Jewish American Heritage Month

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Since then, annual proclamations have been issued by presidents and other governing bodies. Explore a selection items in the Smithsonian's collections that reflect the Jewish American experience as well as the significant role Jewish Americans and those with Jewish American heritage have played in shaping the nation's history and identity. Learn about six Jewish American artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History that speak to the long history of Jewish presence first in British North America and then the United States.