Jewish American Heritage Month is observed every year during the month of May and is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Jewish Americans. Amid the rise of antisemitism worldwide, learning about and celebrating our Jewish neighbors is more important than ever.
"The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress. It is a quintessential American experience — one that is connected to key tenets of American identity, including our Nation’s commitment to freedom of religion and conscience. This month, we honor Jewish Americans — past and present — who have inextricably woven their experience and their accomplishments into the fabric of our national identity.
Generations of Jewish people have come to this Nation fleeing oppression, discrimination, and persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their children. These Jewish Americans have created lives for themselves and their families and played indispensable roles in our Nation’s civic and community life, making invaluable contributions to our Nation through their leadership and achievements."
Since there are no Heritage Months recognized in January and the month of May celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month AND Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month we decided to create a Jewish American Heritage Month bulletin board during the month of January and display it in our local elementary school.
We will be creating our Asian American & Pacific Islander bulletin board for May and displaying it in our local elementary school during the month of May.
Creating the Jewish American Heritage Month bulletin board this month will allow schools and families to choose which display they use in May as well as provide an option for the future for the month of January.
You can download our "Jewish American Heritage Month" bulletin board display here. We have spotlighted a number of Jewish Americans, from the 19th century to today, and hope you enjoy learning about the ways they have helped shape the United States of America into the country it is today.
Based on the size of your bulletin board you may choose to spotlight some or all of the individuals included and customize your bulletin board display in any number of ways.
We are asking for a suggested donation of $20 which will assist in our efforts to pay the artists and illustrators for their work creating the coloring pages for us each month. Donations can be made here.
Note: The goal is to use BIPOC illustrators and artists to create the coloring pages for our heritage month displays. Four of the six coloring pages were created by artists from the BIPOC community.
We are excited to introduce our Jewish American Heritage Month Workbook, including all the information from our Bulletin Board in a handy format for teachers, caregivers, families, etc.
Tips for Printing and Putting the Bulletin Board Together:
Posters and Coloring Pages:
Each poster is formatted to print on 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock.
The coloring pages are formatted to print on 8 1/2" x 11 paper.
The "Win a Book" Drawing poster can be trimmed down and then attached to a box for children to drop their quiz or coloring page entries into if you choose to have a drawing for a book as part of your display.
Posters can be downloaded here.
*Note: A poster is included explaining celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month in January as it is celebrated in May, which is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Banner: The banner is formatted to print as a poster at 36" x 10".
Depending on the size of your bulletin board you can cut the sides of the banner down to the size you would like.
Banner can be downloaded here.
Border: The border is formatted to print on 11" x 17" cardstock.
We recommend printing five copies of the border to have enough to outline your bulletin board, however, depending on the size of your bulletin board you may need more or less.
(Note: the bulletin board at our local elementary school is approximately 96 inches x 47 inches and we need five copies of the border printed and cut to outline the bulletin board.)
Cut along the three lines to create four strips of the border from each sheet of cardstock.
Border can be downloaded here.
We hope you enjoy learning more about our Jewish American neighbors who have helped to shape this country and hope as you learn about the individuals and their achievements and accomplishments you will develop connections to them and appreciate the beauty they add to this nation.