Sunday evening marks the beginning of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In recognition of that occasion, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“As we near the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we come together as a community to celebrate the closing of one year’s chapter and the dawn of the next. It is a time of family and friends, of community and tradition. Along with Rosh Hashanah comes the promise of renewal, the chance for forgiveness, and the time for reflection.
“During the past year, we saw triumph and tragedy alike. Together with our loved ones, we remember and mourn those who will not be with us this year – including those who served our country. Their tragic loss is tangible, and their sacrifice endures. We are grateful for all that they have given, so that we may all continue to enjoy the freedoms that define who we are as a country.
“In these challenging and uncertain times, we must all continue to seek a world of greater peace. We must continue to be mindful guardians of the world we have inherited, and always strive for justice and freedom around the globe. From defending human rights to upholding the dignity of all people everywhere, our community and our nation must continue to be a light unto the world. As always, we stand strong with our ally Israel, protecting her safety and security as the heart of the Jewish world.
“Over the past year, we have moved forward on the long march to freedom, as more Americans have gone back to work, returned home from war, and been given the opportunity to pursue the American dream. The holidays are a meaningful reminder that we are better, together. In 5773, we must continue our hard work to keep these dreams alive—protecting the most vulnerable among us, honoring our elders, working to achieve equality and opportunity, and doing our part to bend the arc of history toward a more perfect world.
“As I join my own dear family during these High Holidays, I wish you and your loved ones l’shana tovah u’metuka—a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.”