Obama to hold Jewish heritage reception

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama will host prominent U.S. Jews at the White House to mark Jewish American Heritage Month.

"The reception serves as an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the range and depth of Jewish American heritage and contributions to American culture, with guests representing the many walks of life that have helped weave the fabric of American history," a White House official said. "Invitees include a range of community leaders and prominent Jewish Americans, from Olympians and professional athletes to business leaders, scholars, military veterans, and astronauts."

The May 27 reception, hosted by Obama and his wife, Michelle, is the first of its kind since President Bush declared the first Jewish Heritage Month in 2007. The recognition  was the result of legislation initiated by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

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