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.