London Mayor Ken Livingstone has sent a message of support and goodwill to London’s Jewish community, as it prepares to mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which falls on the weekend of 23 and 24 September and is followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on 2 October.
In his statement the Mayor said:
“This year we celebrate the 350th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell’s invitation to Jewish people to return to Britain.
The Jewish community has for hundreds of years contributed to the intellectual, cultural and economic life of the capital and as they mark Rosh Hashanah, I wish them happiness and lasting peace”
Mayor Livingstone is supporting Simcha on the Square – a free event in Trafalgar Square designed to celebrate 350 years of Jewish life in the capital.
It takes place from 1pm-7pm on Sunday 17th September, with Jewish food, live performance, including klezmer bands, cantors, choirs, Sephardi and world music. Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron is due to represent the Mayor at the event.