White House sets May 30 for Jewish Heritage Month


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House is celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month on May 30.

A White House official on Wednesday confirmed to JTA reports from a number of Jewish community officials that this year’s celebrations would be held at the end of the month.

This would be the third heritage month celebration hosted by President Obama.

The law designating May as Jewish American Heritage Month, initiated by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), currently the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was passed in 2006, when George W. Bush was president, but the White House did not launch formal celebrations until 2010.

There was no word as to guests.

In previous years Obama has honored American Jews as diverse as Sandy Koufax, the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, and Regina Spektor, the Russian-born "anti-folk" singer.

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