In 2018, the Parliament of Canada formally acknowledged May as ‘Jewish Heritage Month’.
The legislation designates May as a time “to recognize the important contributions that Jewish Canadians have made to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric” and “to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, in communities across the country.”
May was chosen because a number of significant events usually occur in May such as Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Israel’s Independence Day.
Jewish Heritage Month is also an annually recognized event in countries around the world. For example, May is Jewish American Heritage Month in the USA, and the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage hosts Jewish Heritage Week throughout Europe in May each year.