DEI Committee: Jewish American Heritage Month
Wed, May 8 6:24pm

May is Jewish American Heritage Month! The DOE website notes “This month serves as a time to celebrate the contributions and experiences of Jewish Americans throughout our nation’s history. It was first federally recognized in 2006, thanks to the advocacy efforts of Jewish American leaders.” Did you know that New York City has the second largest Jewish population of any city in the world?


Below please find some resources from the DOE and others where you can learn about Jewish American history.


Events, Exhibits, Places to Visit

  1. Museum of Jewish Heritage – check out online exhibits and more on their website
  2. The National Museum of American Jewish History - virtual tours
  3. The Jewish Children’s Museum
  4. Various events hosted by branches of the NY Public Library


Jewish Businesses and Restaurants

  1. Agi’s Counter
  2. Gertie
  3. Gertrude’s
  4. Edith’s Sandwich Counter
  5. Miss Ada
  6. For other Jewish cuisine restaurants (Katz’s, Russ & Daughter, etc), click here


  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
  • Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, by Linda Glaser
  • Measuring a Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story, by Linda Elovitz Marshall and Zara González Hoang (Illustrator)
  • On Friday Afternoon: A Shabbat Celebration, by Michal Babay and Menahem Halberstadt (Illustrator)
  • Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage (Young Readers Edition), by Tilar J. Mazzeo and adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell
  • Mitzvah Pizza, by Sarah Lynn Sheerger; illustrated by Deborah Melmon
  • The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs, by Chana Stiefel; illustrated by Susan Gal
  • Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi, by Sigal Samuel; illustrated by Vali Mintzi
  • Shira and Esther’s Double Dream Debut, by Anna E. Jordan
  • The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman, by Mari Lowe
  • Apples, Apples, All Year Round: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays, by Barbara Bietz and June Sobel; illustrated by Ruth Waters
  • Katz and Tush, by Patricia Polacco


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