President Eisenhower Greets American Jews on Rosh Hashanah
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President Eisenhower Greets American Jews on Rosh Hashanah

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower today issued a Rosh Hashanah message to the Jews of America, through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, praising the Jews for their “courageous devotion” to noble principles and expressing the hope that the new year will bring “true peace” in the world.

“On the occasion of the Jewish New Year, my warm greetings go to all Americans of Jewish faith,” the President’s message states.

“For the tens of centuries spanned by the history of the Jewish people, members of your race have given to mankind almost unbelievable examples of courageous devotion to noble principles – to justice, to liberty, to the right of men to worship according to the inner voice of conscience. Such are the principles which can now give the only sure guide to all men as they seek to establish true peace in the world, the peace which common people everywhere long for in their hearts.

“From this New Year’s Day forward, may the inspiration of your devotion to these ideals give an ever more brilliant light to the path which leads to a real harmony and concord among nations,” President Eisenhower concluded.

Vice President Richard M. Nixon, in his Rosh Hashanah greetings, said: “It is a pleasure for me to send my greetings and very best wishes to the members of the Jewish faith throughout our country on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year 5715. Every new year reinforces in our hearts the fervent hope for understanding, brotherhood and peace throughout the world, and man has been striving toward these goals for centuries. It has taken strong perseverance and faith to come this far along the road. On the eve of the New Year, let us all rededicate ourselves to the attainment of the ultimate in happiness for all.”

Leonard W. Hall. chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued a statement sending “warmest greetings to my fellow Republicans of Jewish faith and to the entire Jewish community in America on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah.” He emphasized that “this year is of particular historical significance to the Jewish people of the United States because the Nation celebrates the tercentenary of the first arrival of Jewish settlers in this country.”

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