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Congress to Consider Setting National Jewish Heritage Week

March 23, 1981
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A Joint Resolution of Congress (HJ155) to authorize and request the President to designate May 3-10, 1981 as “Jewish Heritage Week’ throughout the United States is to be considered in the House of Representatives and Senate, according to New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, chairman of the Jewish Heritage Week Advisory Council.

The bill, which has been referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, was introduced by Rep. Joseph Addabbo (D. NY) and, to date, has 167 co-sponsors of the necessary 217. Jewish Heritage Week, initiated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC) five years ago, has become an annual celebration in the metropolitan area, co-sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York, the New York City Board of Education and the Chancellor of Schools.

The resolution notes that “the months of April and May contain events of major significance in the Jewish calendar–Passover, the anniversay of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Holocaust Memorial Day, Israeli Independence Day, Solidarity Sunday for Soviet Jewry, and Jerusalem Day.”

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