Published on 7 October 2020

Crif/Rosh Hashana - 5781: a year of kindness and solidarity

On the eve of 5781, Crif expressed the wish to see this new year unfold in safety and serenity for all French Jews. We hope to be able to share many happy moments together, and - facing the important challenges that await us - to count on the kindness and solidarity of each of us.
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the New Year in the Jewish calendar, we send each and everyone our best wishes for health, success, love and friendship, and gentleness.
The holiday of Rosh Hashanah announces both the end of a year, and already the coming year. It is therefore a time for reflection and assessment, and also a time to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.
The results of the past year combine the sweetness of the festival with the bitter taste of a tenacious antisemitism which has once again knocked on the doors of the Republic. We think of the too many acts of anti-Jewish hatred that have littered and dishonored our streets and buildings. We think of the wounds caused by those who, in the name of freedom of expression, allow themselves to advocate and spread hate messages of another time. We also think of those who persist in delegitimizing the State of Israel.
The year 5780 was marked by a terrible pandemic and the health challenges that everyone had to face. Together, we are stronger and solidarity has guided our action. On this eve of Rosh Hashanah,Crif addresses its sincere wishes of good health to all.
The year is ending, and the passage of time must not erase the memory of those who have paid the price of hatred with their lives. We think of the 12 French Jews, murdered in recent years because they were Jews. These 12 French Jews who painfully remind us that antisemitism and hatred of the Jew is still very present.
The scourge of antisemitism has long transcended the borders of the Jewish community. It is the entire national community that is affected by these expressions of hatred.
From this past year, we also remember the moments that brought us together around the universal values ​​of Judaism and the Republic: solidarity, fraternity, dialogue and friendship.
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Crif expresses the wish to see this new year unfold in a serene climate and in security for all French Jews.
We hope to soon be able to share many happy moments together, and - facing the challenges that await us - to count on a year of kindness and solidarity.
To the French Jewish community, Crif wishes wonderful festivals of Rosh Hashana and a year of 5781 full of sweetness.
To our fellow citizens, we wish a year of health, success and solidarity.
Crif also sends its best wishes to the State of Israel and wishes all its citizens a year focused on Peace and placed under the sign of health and security for all. A few days ago, Israel made an even greater commitment to Peace by signing historic agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. These advances warm hearts and instill renewed hope to see peace settle in a lasting way in the region, and pave the way for normalization with the Arab world.
To all of you, Shana Tova, happy new year!