"People of the Jewish faith across our nation and worldwide are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. As the new year dawns and the resonant tones of the Shofar are sounded, the past year is commemorated and the new year is welcomed. The message of reflection and renewal that is the hallmark of this day is universal.
"This is an occasion to celebrate and pray to strengthen our commitment for building a better future that will be marked by prosperity and peace for all.
"I would also like everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah to remember that the United States is forever grateful for the multitude of positive contributions the Jewish community has made to our great country. Remember also that our diversity is one of the cornerstones of our exceptionalism.
"Additionally, given the paramount importance this day has for the Jewish community, I think this is an appropriate time to renew our affection for the State of Israel and our firm support for peace in the Middle East region.
"To all of my Jewish friends: I wish you l'shana tova umetukah -- a blessed and sweet new year."