Wasserman Schultz Leads Charge in Passing Bicameral Jewish American Heritage Month Resolution

Wasserman Schultz Leads Charge in Passing Bicameral Jewish American Heritage Month Resolution

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
May 10, 2023

The U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced the first-ever bicameral, bipartisan Jewish American Heritage Month Resolution (JAHM). Members of Congress including Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) provided statements regarding the historic resolution.

The resolution was instituted to “recognize the significant contributions of Jewish Americans to the society and culture of the United States.

“As we celebrate the 17th year of Jewish American Heritage Month, we open the doors of understanding to everyone about all the remarkable contributions that generations of Jewish Americans have made to shape our nation’s history, culture and society,” said Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz.

“From medicine and entertainment, to fighting for civil rights and equality, this community helped America to become that more perfect union. This month is also one of the most effective ways to combat rising antisemitism, as Jews and non-Jews alike come to learn about all the amazing Jewish Americans who served in government and the military, won Nobel prizes, led universities and corporations, made lifesaving medical discoveries, authored great American novels, and worked to further and share America’s noble experiment in democracy," mentioned Rep. Wasserman Schultz.

Former Florida Governor and current Senator Scott stated that this month is not only important in order to honor the Jewish people, but also to expose and “condemn anti-Semitism of any kind.”

“I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing Jewish American Heritage Month and honoring the wonderful contributions of Jewish Americans to our great nation. While it is important to set aside this time to honor the Jewish people, we must also commit to standing resolutely with them every day while shining a light on and condemning anti-Semitism of any kind,” said Senator Rick Scott. “In Florida, we are blessed to be home to many vibrant Jewish communities and I will continue my work with leaders at the local, state and federal level to support them and their right to live safely and pursue their American Dream.”

Leader Jeffries added, “the story of America cannot be told without recognizing the contributions our Jewish brothers and sisters have made to enrich our history, values and culture, as well as their struggle for freedom and justice. Just like in generations past, Jewish communities across the United States and around the world are experiencing a despicable rise in antisemitism.”

JAHM was originally recognized separately in both chambers. However, this is the first time it has been recognized in bicameral fashion.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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