ON the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, I express my deep admiration for the Jewish people of Australia.
I admire your intellectual spirit, your fierce love of freedom, and your devotion to your faith and advancement of humanity.
I admire your capacity to preserve millennia-old traditions while moving gently with the times. It is a strength to be able to renew with every generation.
I admire your commitment to do right by your families, by your friends, and by your community.
You are engineers and educators, scientists and soldiers, musicians and mathematicians.
You are young and old, Orthodox and Progressive, Ashkenazi and Sephardi.
You are one community with many identities, much like Australia itself.
It is people like you that bring out the best Australia has to offer.
In an increasingly polarised world, this is testament to the idea at the heart of our nation’s compact – that people of all backgrounds, cultures and faiths can live and thrive together.
As you mark the start of the High Holy Days, I hope the coming year is good, sweet and peaceful.
And as the shofar sounds in synagogues across our nation, I hope we might all more richly embrace the undercurrent of love that flows through all faiths and that defines our common humanity.
Shana Tova U’metuka.
ON behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I wish all members of the Australian Jewish community a Shana Tova U’metuka – a sweet and happy new year.
Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days are a time for family and community and they are also a time for reflection and repentance, in the hope of being inscribed in the book of life for the coming year.
Just as the sound of the shofar ushers in a new year and a fresh start for our Jewish community in Australia and the world, this is a key time for all of us here in our Parliament to reflect and recommit ourselves to working hard to make Australia a better and fairer society for all Australians, no matter their background.
From all of us at the Labor Party, we send our deepest gratitude to the Australian Jewish community for the contribution you have made to our vibrant, multicultural society. Your values of inclusion and goodwill towards others, and care for family and community, are ones we share.
May this new year of 5780 bring you and your family naches and simchas, and may the sound of the shofar bring with it a year of joy and success.
I AM delighted to offer my best wishes for Rosh Hashanah to the readers of The Australian Jewish News.
Jewish New Year occurs in the Australian springtime, when we can all join in the celebrations of renewal and hope.
Since 1895, The Australian Jewish News has remained a central focus of Jewish life in our nation, from its early days as the Hebrew Standard of Australasia to its new editions in print and online.
As Premier, I am proud of our harmonious multicultural society. I thank Jewish Australians for their commitment to our democratic and peaceful way of life and wish them a happy and peaceful Rosh Hashanah.
NSW Opposition Leader
IT gives me great pleasure to wish L’Shana Tovah to the entire Jewish community across NSW as Rosh Hashanah approaches.
Jewish families throughout our state will come together to break bread as the High Holy Days draw nearer. It will be a time for families and friends to draw closer to one another and take comfort in the values and traditions that have sustained the Jewish community for thousands of years.
The Jewish community across NSW continues to enrich our state and our culture, society and economy as well as through its long and distinguished contribution to dialogue between the faiths and to our vibrant and inclusive multicultural society.
It gives me great pleasure to wish Victoria’s Jewish communities – and communities around the world – a very happy and peaceful new year.
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of another season, one filled with renewal and reflection and the promise of a good year ahead. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the lasting legacy of Victoria’s Jewish communities.
Every day – and in every field – we are made infinitely stronger because of those many contributions.
On behalf of our government and our state, it is my honour to wish you a year full of blessings, peace and hope.
Victorian Opposition Leader
IT is with pleasure that I send my best wishes to Victoria’s Jewish community as it comes together to celebrate this new year and the High Holy Day period.
Heralding the start of new beginnings, Rosh Hashanah is a significant time of the year for Jewish communities all around the world and here in Victoria.
This is a time for families and loved ones to come together in the spirit of celebration, reflection and peace.
During this period, we are reminded of the enormous contribution that our Jewish community makes to our multicultural society.
Victoria’s position as the leader in multiculturalism is the envy of the world. Our success is mainly attributed to our energetic and dedicated multicultural communities, including Victoria’s Jewish community, who continues to generously share the richness of their faith and culture with all of us.
On behalf of the Liberal Nationals, I thank Victoria’s Jewish community for its contribution to the prosperity and vibrancy of our state and wish your families and community a peaceful and joyous new year.