US President Joe Biden announces Jewish Month in honour of Jewish Americans
- The history of Jewish Americans is around 400 years old in the US
- In 1654, 23 Jewish refugees reached New York port
- US will honour these 23 refugees and the centuries of successive generations of Jewish Americans
"During Jewish American Heritage Month, we honor centuries of Jewish Americans who—shaped by their own encounters with prejudice, persecution, and the promise of a better tomorrow—have emboldened our nation to stand up for justice, equality, and freedom," said Biden.
The history of Jewish Americans is almost 400 years old. In 1954, a small ship carrying 23 Jewish refugees reached the port of present-day New York City. These men and women were victims of oppression and discrimination. Nevertheless, they became the first Jewish to settle on American soil.
During Jewish American Heritage Month, the US will honour these 23 refugees and the centuries of successive generations of Jewish Americans.
The story of America was written, in part, by Jewish Americans who, through their words and actions, embraced the opportunity and responsibility of citizenship knowing full well that democracy is not born, nor sustained, by accident. Throughout America's history, Jewish Americans have served the US with distinction.
They have made enormous contributions to America’s cultural, scientific, artistic, and intellectual life, and they have marched, petitioned, and boarded buses to demand civil and political rights for all — from women’s rights to voting rights to workers’ rights.
"Today, we continue to strive to live up to our founding ideals. As the scourge of white supremacy and antisemitic violence rises, my Administration remains committed to ensuring that hate has no safe harbour. That is why we have created new laws that give us more tools to combat hate crimes; developed the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism; provided assistance to religious organizations, places of worship, and nonprofits to protect their facilities and members; and named a new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism," said Biden in a press release.
"My Administration will use the full force of our judicial system to confront bigotry and antisemitism wherever and whenever it surfaces," added Biden.