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As May begins, so does Jewish American Heritage Month. This is a time when Jews across the country can honor and celebrate their connection to American Jewish culture.


“With increased division and rising hate in the United States following the October 7 massacre in Israel, coming together and showing pride for our Jewish American heritage is more important than ever,” said Senior Chief of External Affairs Jeffrey Lasday of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. 

See how below for six ways you can commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month this year.


1. Check Out Local Events

Every day, you have the opportunity to connect with your Jewish American heritage through events. From learning opportunities and webinars to theater performances and concerts and everything in between there are countless events happening throughout Greater Philadelphia. To find an event near you, click here


2. Get Connected with Your Kehillah

Get in touch with your Jewish American heritage by learning what your local community has to offer! The Jewish Federation’s eight Kehillot (communities) represent a vibrant alliance of synagogues, community volunteers, and representatives from Jewish community organizations all over Greater Philadelphia. They offer a diverse array of community-based programs, for all ages and they can connect you with resources and Jewish life opportunities – including school, camp and synagogues – that are right for you and your family. To find your local Kehillah, click here. For questions or more information on how you can connect with your local Kehillah, contact the Jewish Federation’s Director of Community Development Max Moline at mmoline@jewishphilly.org.


3. Learn About Your History

Did you know there’s a museum in Philadelphia that celebrates American Jewish History? Plan a visit to the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in the heart of the city by clicking here. To learn more about Jewish American Heritage Month, click here


4. Celebrate Your Heritage at the Game

Cheer on the Phillies and celebrate your Jewish Pride at Citizens Bank Park! Tuesday, June 18 is the Phillies 15th annual Jewish Heritage Celebration at 6:40 p.m. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.


5. Volunteer

Embody the Jewish value of tikkun olam or repair the world.Help local Jewish organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area provide crucial services to members of the community. To learn more about where to volunteer, click here


6. Support the Jewish Federation

Ensure a vibrant Jewish future for generations to come by upholding the Jewish value of tzedakah or philanthropy. Consider making a donation to the Jewish Federation to support its sacred work of caring for those in need, combating antisemitism and global crisis, and strengthening Jewish identity by clicking here