Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony greeted the city’s Jewish community on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. The development, culture and traditions of the Hungarian capital are inseparable from Jewish culture and the efforts and talents of the Jewish people, Karácsony said. “Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the birth of the world that reminds us of the special relationship between God and His children,” the mayor wrote. “Our belief in a better world is perhaps more needed now than at any other time over the past decades.” The universal threat posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, if addressed correctly, could help make the world a tighter-knit community irrespective of religion, nationality or skin colour, the mayor said. It is in everyone’s interest that people lend each other a helping hand in times of trouble instead of being hostile, he added. “Budapest is a diverse major city that is home to communities of many religions and cultures,” Karácsony wrote. He urged people not to forget about the poor and those facing social exclusion and loneliness.