STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Jewish High Holidays in Russia (9/29/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
September 29, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     On behalf of the American people, I want to wish the Jewish community
in Russia a happy, enriching, and peaceful New Year.  People across the
United States are profoundly moved by the flowering of religious life for
all faiths in Russia.  Jewish life, in particular, is flourishing, with
synagogues and Jewish cultural centers opening in regions all across the

     Russia?s support for democratic principles, religious freedom, and
inter-ethnic tolerance will have a direct impact on its standing in the
international community and our ability to support Russia?s international

     The United States stands with Russia?s Jewish community as it advances
the cause of religious freedom, builds a more inclusive society, and
counters the forces of hatred and bigotry.  In our tightly interwoven
world, the advance of freedom in one country strengthens freedom
everywhere.  Your community?s efforts are truly historic.  Our hopes and
prayers are with you for the coming year.  L'Shanah Tovah!


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