British Foreign Minister David Milliband's Rosh Hashana message, issued by the Foreign Office Wednesday, focuses on finding peace in the Middle East.
"Rosh Hashana is a time of celebration for Jewish communities in the UK and around the world. A chance to look forward to the coming year and make plans, but also a period of reflection and soul-searching," he said.
"At this time of reflection, many Jews will be praying for the peace of Israel. The Jewish New Year is a good time for us all to rededicate ourselves to the cause of peace in the Middle East. We must hope that this year, the shofar's call will bring this peace, that has for so long been the hope and prayer of the Jewish people."