RELEASE: House Unanimously Passes Gottheimer-led Bill to Celebrate the Contributions of the Jewish American Community

Urges elected officials and community leaders to highlight the Jewish American community’s impact in the arts, science, politics, and more

Jun 03, 2024
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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Monday, June 3, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) helped lead a bipartisan resolution that unanimously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution, H.R. 1215, calls on elected officials and civil society leaders to join in efforts to educate the public on the contributions of the Jewish American community.

The resolution highlights several Jewish American history makers, including astronomer Vera Rubin, baseball player Sandy Koufax, Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahn, civil rights activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, and more.

“Just a few days after the conclusion of Jewish American Heritage Month, I proudly helped lead and pass this bipartisan legislation, which honors the great contributions our Jewish American community has made to our entire country,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), the only Jewish member of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation. “From the arts to science to politics and more, our Jewish community has left an indelible impact on our country. I am immensely proud to represent the Jewish American community — my community — in Congress.”

The resolution also highlights the rise of antisemitism across the nation. According to data released by the Anti-Defamation League or ADL, there were nearly 9,000 antisemitic incidents in the United States in 2023 — the highest number on record since the ADL started tracking antisemitism in 1979. This included 5,200 incidents following October 7th — more than all of 2022 — and 830 incidents in New Jersey, specifically. 

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