L’SHANA TOVAA message from Daniel Citone,
President of B’nai B’rith Europe
Dear Sisters, Dear Brothers,
My Rosh Hashana message to you this year is, unfortunately, tinged with sadness, coming, as it does, just days after the death of Shimon Peres, former President of the State of Israel. So it seems opportune for me to link my message to you with aspects of the life of this great man, this visionary who was one of the founding fathers of Israel.
Shimon Peres believed in the power of young people to bring about change, he believed in optimism as a driving force. He believed in science as a force for good. But above all, he believed in the Jewish people and in the State of Israel and he loved them both. He often said: “The Jewish people’s greatest contribution to history is dissatisfaction! We’re a nation born to be discontented. Whatever exists we believe can be changed for the better”. That’s his legacy. Believe that things can be better, and wake up every morning and work to make that belief a reality.
So at this Rosh Hashana let us in B’nai B’rith heed the words of Shimon Peres and look to see what we can make better, how can we protect the poor and disadvantaged, how can we better strive against xenophobia and anti-Semitism, how can we more effectively protect the interests of the State of Israel. In short, let us consider how we can better follow the principles of our Order: Benevolence, Brotherly and Sisterly Love and Harmony.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of B’nai B’rith Europe, I wish you all a Sweet New Year of 5777.