The Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) both issued statements on Monday marking the start of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM).
“The Republican Party celebrates the many contributions Jewish Americans have made to our great country, and we are proud to stand alongside the Jewish community this month and every month,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said.
“Republicans will continue to lead by honoring the traditions of the Jewish community, fighting against antisemitism, and standing alongside one of our nation’s strongest allies, Israel,” she added.
Happy Jewish American Heritage Month! Republicans will continue to lead by honoring the traditions of the Jewish community, fighting against antisemitism, and standing alongside one of our nation’s strongest allies, Israel! pic.twitter.com/r0bDHCPxyL
— GOP (@GOP) May 1, 2023
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Interfaith Council Co-Chairs Nadia Ahmad and Sarah Levin stated, “This May, we honor generations of Jewish Americans for their innumerable contributions to American history and culture. Jewish American Heritage Month is an opportunity to reflect on the traditions and contributions of Jewish Americans to our country, and celebrate the Jewish American leaders who have helped further our nation’s founding ideals of justice, equality, and freedom — even in the face of persecution and oppression. In fields from science to literature to public service, generations of Jewish Americans have made innumerable contributions to our country.”
“And as we celebrate these achievements, it’s impossible to ignore that Jewish Americans have faced an uptick of antisemitic threats in recent years,” they added. “President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris know how critically important it is to confront bigotry and antisemitism head on, and have taken steps to work across the federal government to protect religious freedom and stop hate crimes. And Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff has been a powerful leader, both domestically and abroad, against antisemitism.”
“Just as we stand alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters in recognizing all they have contributed to our country, Democrats will also always call out and fight back against the scourge of antisemitism, as we recommit ourselves to ensuring we live in a country where freedom, justice, and equality prevail,” they concluded.
Last week, all 26 Republican governors in the United States denounced antisemitism and reiterated their backing for the State of Israel in a joint proclamation recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month.
The Republican Governors Association (RGA) initiative was led by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, as part of a broader effort spearheaded by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) to increase awareness about the contributions of Jewish Americans to U.S. society at a time of rising antisemitism.
On Monday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey tweeted:
For 80 years, Alabama has remained committed to standing with Israel. We lead the nation, calling for the establishment of the Jewish state and homeland. Alabama is ever committed to strengthening our state-to-state relationship. ⬇️ #alpolitics (1/2)https://t.co/lyFfR8AWvJ
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 1, 2023
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted:
During May, we observe Jewish American Heritage Month. I’m proud to celebrate the cultural and economic impact Jewish Americans have on our communities and our special relationship with Israel.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 1, 2023
CAM also helped facilitate JAHM proclamations by three Democrat governors.