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Happy New Year Truman Greets American Jewry on Rosh Hashanah; Hopes Year Will Advance Peace Efforts

The hope that the new Jewish year will advance mankind toward a peace “founded on mutual good will and understanding” was expressed here today by President Truman in a Rosh Hashanah message to the Jews of the United States, issued through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The message reads:

“I extend cordial best wishes to my fellow citizens of Jewish faith on their New Year’s Day. The celebration of this anniversary again comes at a time when the condition of the world is far short of the just expectations of men. It is my confident hope, however, that our efforts throughout the coming year will advance mankind toward that peace for which our country has long striven, a peace founded on mutual good will and understanding and cemented with the common endeavors of all peoples.”

Numerous members of the U.S. Congress have followed the President’s lead in issuing messages of greetings to American Jewry on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah which is being ushered in tonight with prayers in thousands of synagogues throughout the country. Maurice J. Tobin, Secretary of Labor, in a Rosh Hashanah message, said that “the establishment of the state of Israel as a nation to take its place among the democracies of the world is symbolic of the freedom the Jewish people have always been striving for down through the years.”

Greetings as well as expressions of deep sympathy and pledges of support to the Jews of the United States and other countries were sent by William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, and Philip Murray, president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The messages of the American Labor leaders were sent through the Jewish Labor Committee.