Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Jewish music is an essential expression of cultural identity that has been shaped by, and shared with, the communities in which Jewish people have lived and around the world; throughout history and to this day; and

Whereas Jewish music and its influences can be seen in everything from klezmer music to rock ‘n’ roll.  Jewish musicians have contributed to the diversity and vibrancy of the cultural life of both our country and the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Famous Jewish composers from Massachusetts include Pulitzer Prize-winner Yehudi Wyner and  multiple Grammy Award winner Leonard Bernstein; and

Whereas Jewish composers and musicians have contributed to famous Broadway shows and are featured in the Great American Song Book; and

Whereas A variety of organizations have pulled together gifted musicians from Massachusetts and around the world in the month of March 2014, to lead Jewish music concerts and educational programs from Rockport to Pittsfield and all across Greater Boston,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March, 2014, to be,

JEWISH MUSIC MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-seventh day of January, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts