I send my warmest wishes to our Jewish communities here in Scotland and around the
world, as you begin this special season of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
I imagine that in the wake of the pandemic, many of you are finding that you approach the old traditions with new excitement and anticipation. The experiences of the last two years have certainly taught us to treasure each and every gathering as a precious opportunity. I know you will cherish the presence of family and friends, and the chance to share the rituals and celebrations of your heritage together.
As this festival is a time to reflect on the past and look to the future, I want to reiterate that the Scottish Government places a great value on our strong relationship with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and those whom you work so tirelessly to represent. I
particularly appreciated the opportunity to hold meetings this year with members of the
Jewish community, including the meeting with Jewish students to hear their experiences of life in Scotland and at university.
Together, we will continue to work towards a vision of strong, connected and resilient
communities, and to resist divisive, hateful narratives which threaten that unity. Scotland will always be a home for people of all faiths and none to follow their ways of life freely.
I hope the goodness and sweetness of Rosh HaShanah remain with you for the year ahead.