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.

Event Highlights 2016


May 16

The Blumenthals of the upper-Lower Peninsula of Michigan
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, and The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington in celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month present a lecture by Dr. Janette Silverman.

Library of Congress


May 19

First Person 2016 Series
This hour-long program features a live interview between journalist Bill Benson and Holocaust survivor Irene Weiss, followed by a question-and-answer session.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Special Program

May 24

500th Anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice
The Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the University of Maryland, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice with a program on the history of the segregation of the Jewish community in Venice from the surrounding society.

Library of Congress


May 24

Finding a Home: Researching Jewish Americans at
This webinar, conducted by research specialist Susan Garfinkel, explores the wealth of primary sources available to genealogists and researchers on the Library of Congress website related to Jewish Americans. Registration is required.

Library of Congress

Book Talk

May 31

We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History
Using newspaper clippings, letters, poems, and sermons—many never published before—Gary Zola shows why Lincoln was given the affectionate title “Rabbi” by America’s small, but growing Jewish population

National Archives

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