Jewish American Heritage Month

Activities & Resources

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Young Leonard Bernstein composing. Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office.

Young Leonard Bernstein composing. Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office.

Jewish Contributions to American Music

From Babs to Berlin and Bernstein to the Beastie Boys, Jewish Americans have made invaluable contributions to our nation's songbook. Learn about the singers, songwriters, composers, and musicians who have left an indelible mark on America's music history.


John Foster Carr's "Guide to the United States for Jewish Immigrants" Yiddish and English map, 1913. National Museum of American Jewish History.Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Forer, in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. Morris L. and Judge Lois G. Forer.

John Foster Carr's "Guide to the United States for Jewish Immigrants" Yiddish and English map, 1913. National Museum of American Jewish History.Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Forer, in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. Morris L. and Judge Lois G. Forer.

50 States, 50 Stories

Every state in the U.S. has been impacted by the accomplishments and contributions of American Jewish men and women. Click through an interactive map to learn about the Jewish history behind each state.


Hebrew alphabet learning board, ca. 1910. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1991.73.1. Dedicated in honor of Suzanne and Norman Cohn by Elayne and Philip Banks.

Hebrew alphabet learning board, ca. 1910. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1991.73.1. Dedicated in honor of Suzanne and Norman Cohn by Elayne and Philip Banks.

Lesson Plans & Reading Lists

Whether you're a student, teacher, or lifelong learner, these expertly-designed lesson plans and reading lists will help you celebrate JAHM in a classroom or at home.


Historical Timeline

Take a journey through more than 360 years of Jewish life in America with this overview timeline.


Related Websites

Surf the web for additional educational resources, including the websites of the JAHM Advisory Committee member organizations.


Speaking of American Jewish Heritage...

Looking for a dynamic speaker for a JAHM event? Peruse our list of scholars, musicians, artists, and authors whose area of expertise is American Jewish heritage and history.


Top Banner Image: Photograph, "Children Observe Passover Seder," Philadelphia, April 2, 1942. Collection of the National Museum of American Jewish History. 1991.17.14.