Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. We are excited to share so many resources with you, from online lectures to concerts, and more.  Join us in celebrating our Jewish American Heritage. 

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Events and Lectures

Free Jewish American Heritage Concert From the Nation’s Capital

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. Central Time | In Person and Livestream 
Join us in the heart of our Nation’s Capital to honor Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) with an electrifying concert featuring the rich tapestry of traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe, Turkey, Cuba, South America, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy masterful performances from the exciting lineup of folklore artists, each weaving their unique sounds and stories into the vibrant fabric of the American Jewish Community.
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Joan Nathan “My Life in Recipes” Bood Release 

Thursday, May 16, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. Central Time | In Person and Livestream  | $5 Livestream | Livestream Included with Purchase of Signed Book from the Museum Store
Back in the days when Jewish food didn’t mean much beyond bagels for most Americans, before za’atar was available in local supermarkets and the word shakshuka slipped easily off our tongues, Joan Nathan was already exploring the diverse world of Jewish cooking, laying the groundwork to becoming the world’s greatest authority on Jewish cuisine. In her latest cookbook, My Life in Recipes: Food, Family, and Memories, Nathan shares her story and invites readers on her odyssey of discovery, from Germany to New York, Paris to Israel, and the meaning she found in two of our varied culinary traditions.
In this special event, Joan will be joined by the acclaimed chef and fellow James Beard Award winner, Mike Solomonov. Together, the duo will embark on a whirlwind tour of Joan’s culinary discoveries, sharing insights into the diverse flavors and techniques that define Jewish cuisine. From the tantalizing pomegranate syrup used by Syrian Jews in muhammara to the aromatic harmony of cinnamon and chicken, Joan and Mike will immerse us in a world of culinary delights. And let’s not forget the iconic black-and-white cookies, which Joan reinvents with her own special touch.

Gather with your loved ones, savor every delicious flavor and raise a glass in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. It is a celebration of culture, community and the lasting legacy of iconic figures like Joan Nathan, our culinary guide, storyteller, and inspiration.

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Stories that Shaped a Nation: Jewish Lives in America 

Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time | Zoom
During this session, Rebecca Krasner, Director of Education of the Weitzman, which leads Jewish American Heritage Month, will model a newly-available interactive classroom presentation. The 45-minute session followed by Q&A will unpack the complexities of Jewish peoplehood, look at the beliefs and behaviors that unite Jewish people, share stories of diversity within the American Jewish community, and examine the ways in which Jewish people and Jewish values have shaped and been shaped by the America that millions of people call home.
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Antisemitism, U.S.A.

Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 5:50 p.m. Central Time Virtual Doors Open | 6:00 p.m. Central Time Program Starts | Free, Recommended $10 Donation | Zoom | Registration Required

“Antisemitism, U.S.A.” is an essential online conversation event featuring key contributors from the upcoming podcast of the same name, including noted scholars Mark Oppenheimer, Britt Tevis, Zev Eleff, Lincoln Mullen, Sarah Imhoff, and Kirsten Fermaglich. An official program of Jewish American Heritage Month, this event provides a deep dive into the pervasive issue of antisemitism in American history and its implications today. The panelists, each bringing their unique expertise, will explore the historical roots, evolution, and modern manifestations of antisemitism within the U.S., discussing its intersection with race, politics, and religion. This enriching dialogue, inspired by the soon-to-be-released podcast, aims to enhance understanding of antisemitism’s complexities and persistence, equipping attendees with a better grasp of its impact on society and encouraging active engagement in combating prejudice and fostering inclusivity. Join our panel of experts, and hosts of the Antisemitism, U.S.A. podcast for this conversation.

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