May 2 2010

Cast of Fiddler on the Roof Sings Praise of Jewish Courage; Broadway Show Tunes to Raise Money to Fight Aids

A revival of Fiddler on the Roof, the story of a Jewish family set to music against a backdrop of early 20th Century Russian pogroms, has been playing at the National Theater in Washington for the past two weeks and has been touring the country for the past year. Monday night the cast raised money to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, performing Broadway hit songs at Town Danceboutique on 8th Street NW. Reporter Kandie Stroud asked cast members Emily Shoolin, Deborah Grausman, Joel Bernstein and Hannah DelMonte what they have learned about the character and strength of the Jewish people by playing their parts in Fiddler on the Roof.

They all spoke of their enormous respect for Jewish perserverance and thei ability to survive in spite of adversity and persecution. The following is the first in our series of interviews with the cast:

Share

Apr 28 2010

Rep. Wasserman Shultz Speaks to Jewish Achievement Blog.com

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hopes that exhibits and events across the United States next month will demonstrate the significant part Jews have played throughout the last 350 years of America history. In an exclusive interview in her office with reporter Kandie Stroud, Wasserman Schultz, who helped create Jewish American Heritage month, said that education about Jewish contributions to US culture can help to counteract anti-semitism. She also spoke about her own childhood, how her parents encouraged her to be the best student she could be, the discrimination she faced in college, her dreams of a lifetime of service to humanity and her emphasis on the importance of education she teaches her own children.

Share

Apr 26 2010

Jewish American Heritage Month: A Brief Retrospective

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions passed unanimously. Most recently, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on May, 12, 2009 in which he stated that “The United States would not be the country we know without the achievements of Jewish Americans.”

The JAHM Coalition was formed in March 2007 and convened by United Jewish Communities (now The Jewish Federations of North America), The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). The JAHM Coalition is composed of the directors of major national Jewish historical and cultural organizations including the AJA, AJHS, Jewish Women’s Archive, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum of Florida, and the Jewish Historical Society of Washington. Rep. Wasserman Schultz made a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize the contributions Jewish people have made to American History.

Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Rep. Wasserman Shultz only on JewishAchievementBlog.com!

Share