U.S. government officials and politicians celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Government officials and politicians from across the United States tweeted messages of good wishes for the Jewish New Year.

September 30, 2019 19:02
America's Capitol Building in Washington DC

America's Capitol Building in Washington DC. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/ MARTIN FALBISONER)

In honor of Rosh Hashanah, government officials and politicians from across the United States posted messages and videos of support on social media.

US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman and his wife, Tammy Deborah Sand, visited Kfar Chabad and tasted Israeli honey.

“On behalf of the Trump administration, President Trump and [the] Embassy [in] Jerusalem, we’d like to wish Jews throughout the world a happy, a healthy, a peaceful and, of course, a sweet New Year,” Friedman said, closing the Embassy’s Rosh Hashanah video.

President Donald Trump tweeted: “Wishing a Happy New Year to all of those celebrating Rosh Hashanah in America, Israel, and around the World!”

The president also put out a statement in honor of Rosh Hashanah.

Vice President Mike Pence wished the Jewish people “a year of blessings and fulfillment” on behalf of himself and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence.

Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, who has already announced that he is stepping down from his position, retweeted the White House’s greeting and added his own New Year wishes.

“L’Shana Tovah to all those celebrating. May the new year 5,780 bring sweetness, peace, prosperity, good health, fulfillment and countless blessings for everyone!”

Representative Adam Schiff tweeted “As I join Jewish families across the country in celebrating Rosh Hashanah, I want to send my best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. L’shanah Tovah!”

The US Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tweeted Rosh Hashanah greetings in both English and Arabic.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, also tweeted “Shana Tova” and was met with criticism from those claiming he was attempting to normalize relations with Israel.

Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders wrote “L'shana tovah to all who observe Rosh Hashanah. May it be a good and peaceful year.”

Senator Kamala Harris, a presidential candidate, tweeted “L’Shanah Tovah! Wishing a happy, healthy and sweet new year to all celebrating Rosh Hashanah.”

Senator Ted Cruz tweeted  “Shana Tova - a happy, healthy, and sweet new year” to those celebrating on behalf of himself and his wife, Heidi.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted “Wishing a happy New Year to all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah in America and around the world.”

Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted “Wishing my many friends in the Jewish community in South Carolina and across America a very Happy New Year!”

Congressman Elliot Engel, Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, wished “everyone around the world celebrating” Shana Tova.

“I wish you and your family a happy, peaceful and joyous New Year.”

Senator Rick Scott tweeted Rosh Hashanah wishes to “the entire Jewish community in Florida and across our nation” on behalf of himself and his wife, Ann.

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