Prime Minister Trudeau delivers a message on Rosh Hashana
Hello everyone. Chag Sameach.
Tonight at sunset, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
Rosh Hashana is the beginning of the High Holidays, culminating in Yom Kippur.
Normally, it’s a time for families and loved ones to reflect on the past year and come together to pray, share meals, and their hopes for the future.
This year, we may not be able to celebrate in person, but we’ll continue to dip apples in honey and pray for a sweet and healthy New Year for our friends and family, and for all Canadians.
And as you take part in celebrations over the next few days, please follow official health guidelines to celebrate responsibly, maintain physical distance from others, and wash your hands frequently.
Although COVID-19 has made the past few months very difficult, let’s look to the New Year with optimism.
And, as Jewish communities have done since the beginning of the pandemic, let’s continue working together.
Whether it’s by supporting a local organization, or being there for your neighbours and our essential workers, you have helped your fellow Canadians.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, you’ve shown us the best of what it means to serve your community.
And today is a chance for all of us to celebrate the many contributions of Jewish Canadians.
It’s also a time to recommit to fighting anti-Semitism, hatred, and discrimination in all their forms.
We will always stand with the Jewish community, and stand united against hate – and together, we will make our world a better one.
Our government will always stand with you and do everything in its power to fight anti-Semitism, hatred, and discrimination in all their forms.
Together, we will build a more inclusive Canada.
On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish you a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year.
Shana Tova Umetukah.