Rosh Hashanah greetings shared with our Jewish friends by our Bishops

To mark the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, our Bishops have sent their greetings in a message to our Jewish friends.

The marking of their religious New Year involves the traditional eating of treats such as apples dipped in honey, hoping to prompt a sweet and happy year ahead.

The message can be read below.


"To Jewish friends, colleagues and communities on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah.

"We send our warmest greetings and good wishes as you celebrate Rosh Hashanah and continue the pilgrimage through the High Holy Days towards the Day of Atonement.  

"The beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to give thanks to God for the blessings of the last year.

"We give thanks for the deep bonds of friendship and solidarity between the Jewish community and the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.

"Our shared values of justice and service were exemplified when we came together to mark ‘Mitzvah Day’ by collecting and donating a wide range of items to support two local domestic abuse charities, working together to meet the needs of vulnerable people in our communities. 

"We continue to give thanks, too, for the invaluable contributions of the Jewish community to our national and civic life, seen most recently in both local and national Commemorations for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

"We are aware of the challenges facing Jewish communities, in the UK and worldwide.

"We remain deeply concerned by the documented rise in antisemitic language and behaviour.

"For this reason, we remain committed to delivering training sessions to our clergy on ‘Preaching the Hebrew Scriptures Responsibly’ and ‘Parish Ministry in an Age of Antisemitism’, led by a team from the national Council for Christians and Jews. 

"And so, this Rosh Hashanah, as you pray Prayers of Blessing over the honey, apples, dates and challah, may we assure you of our prayers for peace and blessing for you all.

"Shanah Tovah!"

Bishop Nick Baines
Bishop Arun Arora
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley 
Bishop Toby Howarth 
Bishop Tony Robinson 

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