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Jewish American Hall of Fame

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The Jewish-American Hall of Fame (JAHF) honors individuals and events of significance in American Jewish history through medals, a website, and an exhibit.

Mel Wacks, the JAHF's founder, established the organization to create and distribute medals honoring these American Jewish path breakers and historic moments. To date, JAHF has created more than 40 medals, which are collected by individuals, synagogues and museums around the world. Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals are distinguished by their unique shape (rounded trapezoidal), high relief, and artistry. A medal, created in 2004, was adopted as the official medal for the national commemoration of 350 Years of Jewish Life in America.

The Jewish American Hall of Fame website provides educational resources, encyclopedic reference material about Jewish Americans, as well as links to other resources. The permanent exhibit of Jewish-American Hall of Fame plaques is on display at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond (http://www.va-holocaust.com/content/what-if).

The Jewish American Hall of Fame was authorized in 1969 as an educational project of the Magnes Museum with Mel Wacks as founding director. The Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Historical Society voted to accept the Jewish-American Hall of Fame as an operating division commencing July 15, 2001.

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