Photo Credit: Nir Arieli
UN Secrety-General Antonio Guterres and Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon

In a tradition that within days will be carried out by Jews around the world, United Nations’ Secretary-General Atonio Guterres and dozens of ambassadors from all over the world participated in a festive event on the banks of the East River in New York in honor of Rosh Hashana.

The event, organized by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and the European Coalition for Israel, was attended by
Guterres and dozens of ambassadors and dignitaries from around the world.


The ambassadors symbolically cast their sins into the river and blessed the State of Israel for the new Hebrew year.

Danon opened the event by saying that “as the Jewish New Year begins, the UN is also beginning a new year. We hope the UN will participate in cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of its actions of the previous year.”

Guterres said, “I would like to take this opportunity to offer my blessings to the Jewish people.”

Gregory Lafitte and Tomas Sandel, co-founders of the European Coalition for Israel, said that “Without the Jewish inspiration and contributions to the creation of the UN there would probably be no UN today…Tashlich is a good time to reevaluate, to see where we have missed our mark.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.