WASHINGTON - During a hectic week of Mideast policymaking, President Obama has honored the contributions of Jews to America.

Obama spoke at a White House reception this week recognizing Jewish Americans in the arts, science, the military, business and industry, and in public and community service. He says they persevered despite unspeakable discrimination and adversity at times.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month in the U.S. Israel celebrates its independence on May 14.

- Associated Press