May is Jewish American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.

2018 Event Highlights

Presentation and Book Signing

May 2

The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics
Eddie Cantor (1892–1964) was one of the most important entertainers of the 20th century, starring in theater, film, radio, and television. Historian David Weinstein discusses Cantor's immense popularity, his pride in his Jewish heritage, and his engagement with political issues which distinguished him from other headliners of his era. Livestreaming on YouTube

National Archives

Conversations with Holocaust Survivors

May 3

Interview with Julie Keefer
Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power. Each hour-long program features a live interview between journalist Bill Benson and a survivor.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Book Talk

May 7

Jewish Peddlers and their American Journeys
In cooperation with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, New York University professor Hasia Diner will present a lecture titled “Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and their American Journeys.”

Library of Congress

Panel Discussion

May 17

Americans and the Holocaust: What Did New Yorkers Know?
While media around the country provided frequent and vivid accounts of rising Nazi brutality in Europe, Americans tended to focus inward in the 1930–40s. Step back in time with Museum and local experts to explore headlines and artifacts from that time period in New York.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bernstein Centennial Minifest

May 19

Leonard Bernstein at 100
A day-long, immersive experience anchored by an extensive display of manuscripts, letters, playbills, photographs and memorabilia, sketches, casting notes, and designs. Pianist Jon Kalbfleisch and a team of singers will be on hand to perform musical vignettes.

Library of Congress

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National Gallery of Art Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution National Archives United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Park Service National Endowment for the Humanities