Foundation for Jewish Culture
The Foundation for Jewish Culture (formerly the National Foundation for Jewish Culture) supports artists and scholars who explore the fabric of Jewish life, creating work that is both contemporary and profound. Among its areas of special interest are Jewish film, literature, theater, and dance, as well as academic scholarships. Its special programs include the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, the Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers, the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies, a Jewish Studies Expansion Program (JSEP), the Sidney and Hadassah Musher Subvention Grant for First Book in Jewish Studies, and, on temporary hiatus, The Pearl Zeltzer Fund for Jewish Choreography and support for New Jewish Theatre Projects. The FJC also provides fiscal sponsorship for the Schusterman Visiting Artist program, which brings Israeli artists to the United States, and CAJM, the Council of American Jewish Museums. Visit the FJC website at www.jewishculture.org.
Jewish American Heritage Month - Each May
Following successful efforts by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders to establish a national Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), and after resolutions introduced by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania were passed unanimously by Congress, President George W. Bush proclaimed in April 2006 that the month of May would thereafter recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. In each of the subsequent four Mays, thematic programs have taken place across the country.
Leading the way in implementing this annual celebration is the Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition, of which CAJM is a participating member, together with the American Jewish Archives, American Jewish Historical Society, National Museum of American Jewish History, Jewish Women's Archive, and Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.
A recent grant of $143,000 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services has enabled the hiring of a national JAHM coordinator, Abby Schwartz, based in Cincinnati at the American Jewish Archives. The Manischewitz Company is corporate sponsor. A new website serves as a clearinghouse for events and programs across the country and offers ideas for community celebrations, teacher resources, and profiles of noted Jewish Americans. Public relations and marketing efforts are underway to make 2010 the most comprehensive JAHM to date. Please visit the JAHM website at www.jewishamericanheritagemonth.us for e-mail updates and to coordinate activities in your community.
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