Sadiq Khan praises community’s ‘selfless actions’ in Rosh Hashanah message
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Sadiq Khan praises community’s ‘selfless actions’ in Rosh Hashanah message

Mayor thanks Jewish Londoners for their 'generosity, compassion and kindness' during lockdown, but urges everyone to 'stick to the rules to help save lives'

Jack Mendel is the Online Editor at the Jewish News.

Sadiq Khan speaking at the 2016 Yom HaShoah ceremony
Sadiq Khan speaking at the 2016 Yom HaShoah ceremony

Sadiq Khan praised the community’s “selfless actions during this pandemic” in his Rosh Hashanah message – while stressing the need for everyone to “stick to the rules to help save lives”.

Sending his Jewish New Year greeting, London’s Mayor said it was a “a time for reflection, as well as looking ahead with hope” after a “difficult year” dominated by Covid-19.

Khan said: “I believe we can take some comfort from how communities in London have joined together to support those in need.”

This includes many Jewish Londoners, whose selfless actions during this pandemic have been inspiring.”

Thanking the community for its contribution, he praised its “generosity, compassion and kindness”, but issued a warning to Jewish Londoners amid rising cases. This comes after Chief Rabbi Mirvis called on the people to abide by virus guidelines at “risk posing a danger to the lives of others”.

Reflecting on restrictions, the Mayor of London said: “Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of you won’t be able to mark this time as you usually do – by coming together with large groups of friends, family members and loved ones.”

I know this will be very difficult. But at this worrying time in the battle against COVID-19 – with cases rising once again – it’s vital that we all stick to the rules to help save lives.”

I wish you a peaceful and a happy year ahead. From my family to yours – Shanah Tovah.”

 

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