Jewish American Heritage Month

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Jewish American Heritage Month

Every May, Jewish American Heritage Month provides a time to learn about and celebrate Jewish people’s contributions to civic and cultural life in the United States. We invite you to join us for programming throughout the month.


Western Libraries Display for Jewish American Heritage Month

All Month Long in Haggard Hall 2nd Floor and online.

Also check out the temporary display currently located in Viking Union Multicultural Center Library.   

Event Accessibility

These events are intended for all participants, including those with apparent or non-apparent disabilities. For disability accommodation (such as ASL interpretation, etc.) please contact simone-calais staley. Advanced notice is appreciated and sometimes necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Jewish, Queer, and Disabled: Intersections in American Jewish Life

Friday, May 17
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Multicultural Center 735

Join the Centers for Student Access, Community, and Intercultural Engagement for this lunch and learn during Jewish American Heritage Month. We’ll learn about some fabulous people who have contributed to queer and disabled Jewish cultural life in the United States, discuss resources at the intersections of being Jewish, disabled, and queer, and think about how Jewish, disabled, and queer cultures embrace liminalities of various kinds. Lunch provided!

Dissent and Community: Rabbi Judah Magnes in the Judaica Collection in Western Libraries Special Collections

Thursday, May 23
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Multicultural Center 735

When Judah Magnes came to New York from the west coast in the early twentieth century, he found a Jewish community that was deeply divided and embroiled in grinding labor disputes. Special Collections manager David Schlitt will discuss Magnes’s role as a communal leader and mediator during the time historian Morris Schappes refers to “the heroic period of Jewish labor,” and share related materials from the Judaica collection at Western Libraries Special Collections.

Lag B'Omer with the Jewish Student Union

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Contact JSU via their Instagram @wwujsu for details.

Jewish American Heritage Month Lunch Special

Tuesday, May 28
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Viking Commons Lunch

Cookbook Raffle: "Honey Cake and Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivors"

Featured Recipes:

  • Chicken Paprikash
  • Potato Shlishkes
  • Noodles with Poppyseeds
  • Creamy Dill Green Beans
  • Braised Red Cabbage or Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage
  • Dill Cucumber Salad
  • Chicken Soup
  • Kreplach Dumplings
  • Jam Hamantaschen Cookies
  • Grandma's Apple Cake

Partners in Jewish History Month Planning

  • The Centers for Student Access, Community, and Intercultural Engagement:
    • Office of Multicultural Student Services
    • Ethnic Student Center (ESC)
    • Jewish Student Union
    • LGBTQ+ Western
    • Disability Outreach Center
  • Western Libraries
    • Hacherl Research & Writing Studio
Katy Ignatyeva in a hat with ear flaps and a red tank top

Artist Highlight

Katy Ignatyeva is a first year student at Western who is working to be a fine arts major. Katy is a Russian-Jew with dual citizenship.

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