Lawmakers mark Jewish heritage month with award celebration


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Congress members from both parties participated in a celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month in the Capitol.

The event Wednesday included remarks by a number of senators and House members, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who in her first term authored the 2006 law creating the heritage month.

Among those honored were Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who founded the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; Shani Verschleiser, a child welfare expert, and Sparks, a support organization for women in crisis.

The Friedlander Group, a New York-based public relations and lobbying firm, organized the event.

President Barack Obama for several years organized White House receptions marking the heritage month.

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