As far as months go, May has a whole lot going for it. The winter is gone, the flowers are blooming – and it’s Jewish American Heritage Month! Less familiar with that last one? Since 2006, May has been officially designated as a month to honor Jewish American’s achievements, and the positive impact Jews have had on the country.
There are a lot of awesome people to celebrate over the course of the month – from Einstein to Morrie Yohai, who invented the Cheez Doodle. Here at Repair the World, we tip our hats to the Jewish heroes who fought to make the world a better place. And so we’re asking you: past or present who is your Jewish American hero?
Maybe you love Betty Friedan, whose writing shaped the feminist movement. Or perhaps you have a soft spot for Harvey Milk, the politician and gay rights activist. Maybe you’re inspired by the way Michael Pollan has revolutionized the way we think about food, or think that AJWS’s Ruth Messinger is just about the coolest woman on earth. (We would have to agree with you there.)
So, tell us: Who is your Jewish hero this Jewish American Heritage Month? Let us know who it is and, in 140 characters or less, why, by tweeting @repairtheworld #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth.