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Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), which recognizes more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American history and culture. It was officially established by President George W. Bush in 2006. 

This guide will provide you with a variety of resources that will allow you to learn more about the different aspects of the lives of Jewish Americans over the centuries. 

American Jews, who for the most part were of Eastern European ancestry, incorporated into their cuisine many foods and dishes that were traditionally cooked and treasured by their ancestors. I Modern times American Jews also incorporate into their cuisine traditional Jewish foods from other parts of the world.  

As many Jews keep a Kosher Kitchen (these are ritually correct dietary practices -  for example, meat products may not be eaten together with milk products but have each to be eaten separately with strictly designated time spans between them)  you will find that many of the recipes follow these dietary practices.

Below are a few links to Jewish website that will provide you with recipes ( and some times also video tutorials) on how to prepare Jewish food:

Jewish Music is typified by cultural diversity and draws upon the resources of the many cultures in which Jewish people have lived. The uniqueness of Jewish Music is to be found in the way Jewish musicians have integrated outer influences and new ideas into their traditional framework. Thus Jewish Music is innovative, vibrant, adaptive, and many-sided, and yet rests upon a firm foundation of shared religious and communal experience.

The Anti-Defamation League is an organization that has been fighting antisemitism and educating the public about it for decades. Antisemitism in American History is a well-written historical overview of the development of Antisemitism in America. The discussion begins with the first Jews arriving in America in 1654 and continues to show the growth and development of Antisemitism to today. "During the Civil War, for example, anti-Jewish intolerance increased dramatically on both sides, with both the Union and Confederacy making baseless accusations that Jews aided the opposing side."

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