By Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer | Israeli Consulate

L’shana tova to our friends in the Southeastern United States and to our new friends in the Midwest.

As you ready your homes and communities for the High Holidays and the subsequent beginning of the Jewish holiday season, I’d like to extend to you my greetings and hopes for the new year.

In Israel, Rosh Hashanah is universally felt as a day of calm and solidarity. The feeling of unity and renewal that day transcends differences between traditions.

I hope these High Holidays will inspire a sense of unity throughout the world and bring us into this next year with a revitalized commitment to promoting peace.
On Rosh Hashanah, Jews are asked to shed the stresses of the past year in order to spend time on meditation, prayer and self-reflection so that we may come into the year 5777 renewed and able to focus our attention on tikkun olam and matters of higher importance.

This is our opportunity to consider what positive changes we can make both in ourselves and in the world.

I wish you all the warmest and sweetest greetings for the new year.

Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer is the consul general of Israel to the Southeast.