Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer is the consul general of Israel to the Southeast, serving Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri.
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.
On this Rosh Hashanah, we not only look at the months gone past and reflect on all we could have done better; we gaze at the road ahead and prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s challenges.
Israel faces challenges internally and externally. Challenges which we can and will overcome – as we have done many times before. To do so however, we must work internally to strengthen the bonds between us. The relationship between the Jewish American community and Israel is firm, and we must endeavor for an even more verdant bond.
Israel is continuing to develop its posture as a leading power in the world in technology, in certain areas such as high tech and cyber security. With these ever-growing fields, as examples, our water and agriculture have vastly improved, but still there are challenges that we have to face.
I hope these coming High Holidays will inspire a sense of unity throughout the world and bring us into the next year with a revitalized commitment to promoting peace.
On Rosh Hashanah, Jews are asked to shed the daily pressures of the past year in order to spend time on meditation, prayer and self-reflection, so that we may come into the year 5779 renewed and able to focus our attention on tikkun olam and matters of higher importance.
As the year draws to a close, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the unwavering support of the Jewish community of Atlanta to the people and State of Israel. On behalf of the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year, and we look forward to working with you in 5779.