Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Rosh Hashanah

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:

“Tonight, at sunset, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

Rosh Hashana marks the start of the High Holidays, culminating in Yom Kippur. It is a time to reflect on the past year, and turn towards the future with hope. As family and friends dip apples in honey and share special meals together, we remember what matters most – spending time with loved ones and working to build a better world.

Just like today is a chance to celebrate the many contributions of Jewish Canadians, it is also a time to recommit to fighting antisemitism, hatred, and discrimination in all their forms. For many Jewish Canadians, this year has been a difficult one. Communities in Canada and beyond have suffered violent acts of hate – acts that have no place in our country, or our world. We will always stand with the Jewish community, and stand united against hate – and together, we will make our world a better one.

Our diversity, compassion, and openness are Canada’s strengths. Today, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on how we can bring those values to life every day.

On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating a joyful and peaceful New Year.

Shana Tova Umetuka!”