2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
May 10, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Brostoff, Subeck, Riemer, C.
Taylor, Bowen, Milroy, Considine, Zamarripa, Mason, Wachs, Berceau,
Ohnstad, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Tusler, Tittl, Doyle, Vruwink, Hesselbein and
Young, cosponsored by Senators L. Taylor, Carpenter, Hansen and Johnson.
Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: proclaiming May 2017 as Jewish American Heritage Month.
Whereas, since 2006, Jewish American Heritage Month has been observed 3
nationwide every May to recognize the more than 360-year history of Jewish 4
contributions to our nation's civic, social, economic, and cultural life; and
Whereas, the 2017 theme of Jewish American Heritage Month is American 6
Jews in Medical Research in order to recognize the many Jewish Americans who 7
have made significant medical breakthroughs; and
Whereas, it is estimated that over 330,000 persecuted Jews from Germany, 9
Russia, Poland, and several other countries found refuge in the United States 10
between 1933 and 1952; and
Whereas, many Jewish American survivors of the Holocaust have dedicated 12
their lives to fighting for civil rights and educating future generations about the 13
dangers of bigotry and anti-Semitism and the resilience of the human spirit; and
Whereas, it is estimated that over 30,000 Jews live in Wisconsin today, 15
worshiping at over 30 active synagogues; and
Whereas, the UW-Madison branch of Hillel began in 1924 and is the 2
second-oldest in the nation; and
Whereas, several renowned Jewish Americans have resided in Wisconsin, 4
including author Edna Ferber, U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, actors 5
Gene Wilder and Charlotte Rae, magician Harry Houdini, and Israeli Prime 6
Minister Golda Meir; and
Whereas, the Jewish tenet tikkun olam
, translated from Hebrew as “repair of 8
the world,” is a call to Jews to pursue justice and righteousness for all of humanity; 9
Whereas, the Jewish experience in America has consistently reminded us that 11
liberty and opportunity ultimately triumph over prejudice and hate; now, therefore, 12
13Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the Wisconsin 14
Legislature proclaims May 2017 as Jewish American History Month and joins all 15
Wisconsinites in thanking our fellow Jewish American citizens for shaping our 16
country's character, strengthening our promise of religious freedom, and teaching us 17
the virtues of justice, hope, and perseverance.