Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez offered the following message to the Jewish community in the Philadelphia region on the occasion of the high holy days. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset on Monday, Sept. 6 and ends at nightfall of Wednesday, Sept. 8. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and ends at nightfall on Thursday, Sept. 16.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Jewish Faith Community,

Together with the bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I send prayerful best wishes as you celebrate the solemn observances of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!

I take this occasion to echo the sentiments of Pope Francis, who said, “May these feasts bring abundant blessings from the Eternal One and be a source of intimate joy. May the Almighty, in His eternal mercy, strengthen everywhere our bonds of friendship and the desire to foster constant dialogue for the good of all.”

It is my prayer that these high holy days will be a time of spiritual refreshment and renewed hope.

Most Rev. Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia