No White House party? What’s a Jew to do during Jewish American Heritage Month?


May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a commemoration first recognized by President George W. Bush in 2006. Since then, hundreds of programs have taken place nationwide annually to honor the rich contributions of Jews to American culture and society.

President Obama added to the annual festivities by launching an annual White House bash. But this year’s party was canceled because of the sequester.

Not to worry: In anticipation of the big month, we’ve put together a list of 31 activities to keep you busy each day in May. You’ll see some usual suspects, but will also find new ideas in entertainment, food and travel, and overall fun.

We’re pretty sure you’ll find something of interest. If we’ve somehow missed the mark, feel free to participate in the epitome of American Jewish hobbies: kvetching.

Kick the month off by visiting for a rundown of official Jewish American Heritage Month events. You can also follow @USAJewish on Twitter.

And be sure to check back each day in May for an activity to get you in the Jewish heritage mood.

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