Pesach greetings #2

April 16, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Pesach greetings the interim leader of NSW Labor and the Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

Penny Sharpe

A Chag Pesach Sameach to the Jewish community of NSW from Penny Sharpe, the NSW, Interim Opposition Leader

I wish a Chag Pesach Sameach to the Jewish community of NSW and to Jewish people and their families all around the world who are celebrating the festival of Passover this week.

Pesach commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and the triumph of freedom over oppression but also reminds us all of the importance of building a better world, of looking after the less fortunate, and of the importance of tzadekah.

I recognise the enormous contribution to our state made by the Jewish community of NSW. Our state would simply be unrecognisable without it. The Jewish community of NSW’s commitment to multiculturalism, to building bridges between communities and to standing against hatred and intolerance is something all of us are very grateful for.

Furthermore, I acknowledge that this year marks the 70th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and the State of Israel.

I hope Jewish people and their families across NSW have a happy and peaceful Pesach as they come together around the Seder table this year.

A Chag Pesach Shemag to you all!


From: David Coleman Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

David Coleman

I send Happy Passover greetings to Australia’s Jewish community.

Passover, or Pesach, is a celebration of freedom and the festival of spring and harvest, symbolising hope and new life and the importance of a fresh start.

In Australia, Passover is being celebrated between 19 and 27 April. It is a time for family and friends, and I know many people will be travelling great distances to be together and share communal celebratory meals and stories.

There are approximately 90,000 people of Jewish faith living in Australia, with Passover celebrated in Australia since the arrival of the first fleet. They have made a wonderful contribution to our nation.

Australia is a country of many faith-based communities. This is something we hold dear as a thriving democracy. We can all embrace the ideals of friendship and belonging in a harmonious society, sharing our cultural diversity and celebrating what it means to be Australian.

Throughout Australia, multicultural communities include hard-working individuals and families who have embraced Australia as their home, have contributed to our economy and the rich tapestry of our society.

 


 

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