Yom Rivii, 18 Elul 5779
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
A New Year message from Liberal Judaism

29 Elul 5774 / 24th September 2014

Some years end with nostalgia for much good it brought us; some years begin with confidence and excitement for events to come. Sometimes it is not like that.

As we approach Rosh Hashanah 5775, we recall increasing horror as brutality and chaos engulfed several countries in the Middle East; chaos that threatens to afflict the Western World. We recall attacks on the State of Israel and the war against the perpetrators that brought so much suffering to so many. We witnessed a rise in antisemitism that gives us great cause for concern. And so we approach the New Year with many anxieties.

Yet we might also recall a glorious summer and many achievements in this country and Israel. Liberal Judaism recorded success with new communities joining us and an exciting Biennial Conference and other gatherings. Two books were published revealing the interesting life and inspirational teaching of our key founder Rabbi Dr Israel I Mattuck. We have many reasons for satisfaction in the year past and cause for confidence in the future.

In our Machzor Ruach Chadashah (p82) is a traditional Sephardi blessing for the New Year by the 16th century Abraham Hazzan - may it be the blessing for ourselves, our movement, our people and our world: "May the year and its sorrows end now together. May the new year and its blessing now begin."

From Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein (President), Lucian J Hudson (Chairman), Rabbi Danny Rich (Chief Executive) and Rabbi Charley Baginsky (Chair of Rabbinic Conference)