The message reads, in part:
“The Jewish believers hold the Passover holiday particularly dear. It takes them back to events in ancient times, to the Jewish people’s liberation from enslavement and the great ideals of freedom, justice and creation, which continue to be universal values for us all today.
It is pleasing to see the active development underway in Russia’s Jewish community. You are establishing new religious and educational centres, actively pursuing philanthropic and educational work, opening modern museums and exhibitions, and developing interregional and international contacts. This multifaceted activity is exceptionally important for strengthening interethnic peace and harmony in our society and creating an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual understanding.”