Salute to funny females among Heritage Month events


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Funny Jewish women will get their due as part of the Jewish American Heritage Month celebrations in Washington.

On Wednesday, the Library of Congress will honor Joan Rivers, the late Gilda Radner and other female Jewish comedians through the showing and discussion of "Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women."

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday will host the first White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, which was started by former President George W. Bush.

The same evening, the National Archives will host "The Jewish Experience During the Civil War," in which the panelists will discuss a key text, including Gen. Ulysses Grant’s order calling for the expulsion of all Jews in his military districts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Gary Zola, professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College, will moderate the panel, which includes Eli Evans, author of "Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate," and Pamela Nadell, director of Jewish studies at American University.

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