What does a nice Jewish boy from America take with him into space? TODAY, Friday, May 14, 2010, Jewish astronaut Garrett Reisman will take the original 2006 presidential proclamation declaring May Jewish American Heritage Month to the International Space Station aboard the shuttle Atlantis. When the shuttle returns, Reisman will turn the document over to the National Museum of American Jewish History, where it will be proudly displayed.
About Garret Reisman
(source NASA ) Born February 10, 1968 in Morristown, New Jersey, but considers Parsippany, New Jersey, to be his hometown. Recreational interests include flying, skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and SCUBA diving. Dr. Reisman is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. His parents are Sheila Reisman (she must be kvelling from such nachus) of Boynton Beach, Florida and the late Robert Reisman. His sister, Lainie Reisman, is an international youth violence prevention specialist and currently resides in Washington D.C.
EDUCATION: Parsippany High School, Parsippany, New Jersey, 1986.
B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1991.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, 1991.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1992.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1997.
Background: Jewish American Heritage Month has been in existence since Pres. George W. Bush first signed the declaration declaring May as such. This year, 2010, is the first time the event is expected to garner national interest with the celebration expected to be the most comprehensive and widely celebrated to date. Some of the recent events responsible for this include:
- The appointment of the first-ever National Coordinator, Abby Schultz
- Federal funding to support the program
- National broadcast programming on the BIO Channel/A & E Networks during the month of May profiling significant Jewish personalities; outreach to over 250,000 teachers through BIO Channel outreach
- A dedicated website that acts as a clearinghouse for all Jewish American Heritage Month events taking place across the U.S., including educational materials for classroom teachers
Over 100 events planned on behalf of Jewish American Heritage Month throughout the country. Check out JAHM to find out where an event is happening near you.
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