"I'm honored at this opportunity to be part of a celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month," Frankel said in a prepared statement. "The inclusivity of the event speaks to President Obama's recognition of the importance of the Jewish community in national culture, and also that the Jewish community is diverse and complex."
"It is always an honor to be invited to the White House. In this case, it is particularly special to be there on a day that celebrates Jewish American Heritage month and the contributions the Jewish community has made to our country,” Shapiro said in his prepared statement. “The fact that the president has made Jewish American Heritage month a personal priority and that of his administration is a symbol of the great melting pot that defines the excellence of America.”
First proclaimed on April 20, 2006, Jewish American Heritage Month recognizes the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.