Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
May 3, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month:

"I join in celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month, a time when all Americans reflect on the contributions of Jewish Americans to our nation, its security, and its success since its earliest days. In particular, I join in paying tribute to all those of Jewish heritage who have worn the uniform of our country and risked their lives - or given their lives - to defend our freedom, values, and interests abroad. I have been proud to work closely with my Democratic colleagues in Congress to support policies long championed by Jewish Americans, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship, anti-poverty measures, access to high-quality education and health care for all in our communities, and protections for free speech and the freedom of religion.  
 
"I have been deeply alarmed by the dangerous rise in antisemitism in recent years, both in our country and around the world. Not only have Jewish people been targeted with violence, but there have also been disturbing incidents of hate-speech and the repetition of vile tropes that have long been used to marginalize Jewish communities and question not only Jewish Americans' patriotism to our country but the very humanity of Jewish people. Seven decades ago, the world witnessed what can happen when the evils of antisemitism and the dehumanization of Jewish people are allowed to fester unchecked. That is why all those who cherish freedom and justice in our country and around the world must unite in confronting antisemitism in all of its nefarious forms, no matter where it occurs or from whom. That must be our common commitment as Americans and as a global community.  
 
"I hope this year's Jewish American Heritage Month will be a time of learning, a time of celebration, and a time of renewal as communities begin to emerge from this pandemic and seize new opportunities to build back better. May that process see us all build communities that are stronger because they are more tolerant, more just, and more accepting that our differences are a source of strength. Let us all embrace the ancient Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam - 'repairing the world' - as we engage in this work together."