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Shana Tova 5778

Rosh Hashanah Greeting – 5778
Dr Danny Lamm
President, Zionist Federation of Australia

I extend warm Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Australian Jewish community on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, 5778 for a New Year of health, happiness, growth and security for our people.

The Jewish New Year is the perfect time for introspection and reflection. It gives us time to consider the accomplishments and challenges over the past year both within the Australian Zionist movement and in Israel.

I’m enthused by Israel’s efforts highlighted by the historic visit of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia. I am heartened to see the respective leaders of our two countries reinforce the bond between us, which will extend to PM Turnbull’s significant visit to Israel in October as guest of PM Netanyahu at the centenary of the Battle of the Lighthorse Brigade in Beersheba.

The ZFA continues to strengthen the Australian connection to Israel through our operational departments. Our Israel Programs department facilitates the trips of hundreds of young adults to Israel each year. Our Arava Australia Partnership exemplifies our support of Israel’s pioneering spirit through people to people contact. Our relationship with the Golan and commitment to building future leadership continues through the successful world renowned Diller Teen Fellows Program. We foster and facilitate Aliyah. Habayit, our home of Hebrew language and Israeli culture has continued to expand its reach and program offerings.

It is vital for us to be involved with all parts of the Australian Jewish community and Kangarusski now reaches over 1000 Russian speaking Jewish people. Our Israel advocacy efforts respond to misrepresentation and disinformation about Israel in the media and I call on our community to join us in this endeavour.

We have made sure that our unwavering support for the safety and security of all citizens of the State of Israel is always on display and will continue to do so in the future.

Shana tova umetuka, ktiva v’chatima tova

Dr. Danny Lamm