Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma joined more than 30 other states in recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month during a ceremony on Monday at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
The governor stated, “We’re reminded of the values that make our state and nation great as we come together to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month.”
He continued by saying that every one of the thousands of Jewish Oklahomans is recognized for their efforts by the state.
The state’s attorney general, Gentner Drummond, also spoke at the gathering. “It was an honor to help celebrate the incredible contributions of Oklahoma’s Jewish American population at the Jewish American Heritage ceremony at the capitol today,” his office wrote on Twitter.
The governor’s office, the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, and the Combat Antisemitism Movement collaborated on the proclamation.
Executive director of the local Jewish Federation, Rachel Johnson, noted at the occasion that “We are not just Jews, but we’re Jewish Americans, and we’re Jewish Okies.”
According to The Oklahoman, this was the governor’s first public gathering with the neighborhood’s Jewish community since declaring in November of last year that he was claiming “every square inch” of the state for Jesus.