DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Jewish Heritage Month

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on May 2012 being the seventh Jewish American Heritage Month:

"This May, as we celebrate the seventh annual Jewish American Heritage Month, we recognize the many contributions of the Jewish community to our great nation. The American Jewish community has a longstanding history of active involvement in policy and politics, as our tradition guides us on issues ranging from foreign policy, to energy and climate change, to our support for the health and social safety net. Our community’s values like tzedakah and tikkun olam have become a natural extension of our civic lives.

“It is this enduring commitment to social justice that makes the Democratic Party the political home of the American Jewish community. As Democrats and as Jews, we have much to be proud of in President Obama, who honors our community’s historic contributions to America’s cultural fabric as he prioritizes and embodies the values and policies we hold dear. From passing the Affordable Care Act and ardently protecting a woman’s right to choose; to standing up for women’s equality with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; to tirelessly advocating for student loan reform to invest in our children’s future; to bolstering America’s special bond with Israel through diplomatic, financial, and military support – President Obama’s priorities are our priorities, too.

"This May, as we celebrate and honor all our community has contributed to our national story, we rededicate ourselves to making the world a better place.”