JewishColumbus and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are proud to announce that Columbus City Council has officially proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month.
Jewish American Heritage Month serves as an important reminder that the story of Jewish Americans is interwoven into the fabric of our nation’s history. It is a testament to the resilience, determination and extraordinary contributions made by individuals of Jewish descent to all parts of society – from the arts, sciences and business to public service, social justice and philanthropy.
As a community, it is our responsibility to ensure that the struggles, achievements and cultural heritage of Jewish Americans are celebrated, shared and cherished. By recognizing this month, we offer ourselves the opportunity to learn, engage and bridge gaps of understanding to foster a more inclusive and compassionate community. It serves as a reminder that the City of Columbus values the contributions of all residents, regardless of background or faith.
With the reality of rising antisemitism and the resurgence of prejudice, discrimination and hatred directed towards Jewish individuals, this resolution couldn’t be timelier. And by acknowledging this issue, Columbus City Council sends a powerful message that we will not tolerate hatred towards Jews, and that the bonds that unite us as a community are stronger than the divisions that seek to tear us apart.
Earlier this year, JewishColumbus joined the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism’s national #StandUpToJewishHate campaign to raise awareness of antisemitism and hate targeting Jews. Many of you have seen the blue square emoji used as a simple but powerful unifying symbol of solidarity and support for the Jewish community. We encourage people to make their own networks aware of this campaign on social media to show their support and solidarity.
May this month serve as a powerful reminder that we are a community built on diversity, respect and compassion.
Senior Director, Community Relations