Jewish Heritage Publicity

As featured in MJL’s Hot Topics section, May is American Jewish Heritage Month. Apparently, we weren’t the only people who noticed either.

Florida Congresswoman, and fellow Jew, Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote a piece in the South Florida Sun Sentinel highlighting the “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Jewish Americans.”

Here is one highlight, picked at random:

“4. A Jewish Man Discovered the Vaccine for Polio. Until 1955, polio was considered the most frightening public health problem of the postwar era. Annual epidemics kept getting worse and victims were usually children. By 1952 it was killing more of them than any other communicable disease with over 57,000 cases reported that year. Thanks to Jonas Salk we now have a vaccine. Salk introduced it to the world in 1955 and since then it has saved countless lives.”

None of the highlights in the Top 10 are particularly exciting. But thanks to Wasserman Schultz American Jewish Heritage Month is getting a little mainstream press.

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