President Vladimir Putin greeted Russian Jews on Rosh Hashanah, the start of the New Year (1 Tishrei 5774 on the Jewish calendar). His message, posted on Wednesday on the Kremlin website, said that this holiday season allows people to sum up the past year and make plans for the future, and to take a care about the purity of their intentions and actions, stating, ”From time immemorial, outstanding qualities such as mutual respect and tolerance, and compassion for those who needed help and support were inherent in Russian Jewry. Today, they preserve these traditions with devotion, enriching them with new concepts and good deeds”. In his opinion, Russian Jewish organisations make a significant contribution in improving the spiritual, moral, and patriotic education of youth, the revival of family values, and they implement important social, educational, and cultural projects, noting, ”Of course, their work is very important in maintaining multicultural harmony and civil accord in our society”. President Putin wished all Jews a “happy and successful New Year”.
4 September 2013