B’nai B’rith Honors Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz For Her Work To Establish Jewish American Heritage Month
B’nai B’rith International presented an award to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to honor her work in establishing Jewish American Heritage Month. At a Capitol Hill ceremony on May 25, B’nai B’rith acknowledged Wasserman Schultz—the driving force behind the resolution that created Jewish American Heritage Month—which was first recognized in a presidential proclamation on April 20, 2006.
B’nai B’rith International Center for Jewish Culture Chair Gwen Zuares spearheaded the ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the great contributions to society that Jews have made.
In introducing the congresswoman, B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin noted how this special month makes the Jewish community feel proud, but also allows others to hear our story.
Wasserman Schultz said that she was inspired to push for a month celebrating Jewish accomplishments because “in many instances we have not celebrated our success too loudly…and I said no more.” She said the impact of Jews in America is significant and we should be “shouting about it.”
B’nai B’rith presented Wasserman Schultz with a framed work of art with a quote from The Book of Micah: “Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with Your G-D”
In accepting the honor, Wasserman Schultz noted that sharing our achievements can reduce bigotry and promote tolerance and understanding.