Since 2006, May has been officially recognized by the federal government as Jewish American Heritage Month.
But don’t feel like a bad Jew if you didn’t know! Of the Jews I just surveyed, 40 responded “no” and only 9 responded “yes” to the prompt:
“Survey question: Did you know it’s Jewish Heritage month?”
That’s 18% that knew.
To appreciate the depth of the month’s pathetic promotion, consider that the survey’s respondents were Jews on my gchat list at 2:30 pm, a large percentage of whom are active Jews, and some of whom are even Jewish professionals. Others on the list work for the federal government – the designator of this month.
Based on this, I would imagine that under 10% of Jews nationwide know that we’re celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month.
Why such a low percentage? And what does it mean for the Jewish community?
Undoubtedly it doesn’t mean much, but in the spirit of modern academia, I’ll try to spin together a few thoughts for next week.
Congratulations to those who answered “yes”:
- Ben W.
- David M.
- Diane H.
- Kenny A.
- Sala L.
- Sara G.
- Sarah B.
- Scott W.
- Shira S.
So what can you do for Jewish American Heritage Month? You can:
- Go to this official JAHM event hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities
- Follow Moment Magazine’s twitter feed which showcases a new article each day for JAHM.
- Help crown the Jewish Guy and Girl of the Year during this special month.