On Monday, US President Donald Trump recognized the beginning of Jewish American Heritage Month. “Jewish Americans have helped guide the moral character of our Nation,” Trump said in his proclamation.

Trump at the Western Wall

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US President Donald Trump proclaimed the beginning of Jewish American Heritage Month this Monday, continuing a 12-year tradition honoring Jewish Americans.

“During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate the profound contributions that the Jewish faith and its traditions have had on our Nation,” read Trump’s proclamation. “Jewish Americans have helped guide the moral character of our Nation. They have maintained a strong commitment to engage deeply in American society while also preserving their historic values and traditions.”

In his proclamation, Trump highlighted the Jewish American contributions to American society in the fields of politics, arts, science and philanthropy.

“These beliefs have inspired Jewish Americans to build mutual-support societies, hospitals, and educational institutions that have enabled them and their fellow Americans to advance American society,” said Trump. “The indelible marks that American Jews have left on literature, music, cinema and the arts have enriched the American soul.”

 “The American Jewish community is a shining example of how enshrining freedom of religion and protecting the rights of minorities can strengthen a nation” Trump said while addressing the Jewish American community’s involvement in the US civil rights movement. “Through their actions, they have made the world a better place.”

Trump’s proclamation calls for all Americans to “celebrate the heritage and contributions of American Jews and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities and ceremonies.”

In addition to holding events related to the Jewish American experience during the month of May, US presidents have hosted special receptions at the White House, though one was not hosted last year.

The first US president to proclaim American Jewish Heritage Month was President George W. Bush in 2006 and it has been marked in May every year since then. Annual proclamations were made by Trump and former Presidents Bush and Barack Obama.