Success for Muslim-Jewish twins

By Rebecca Burns, August 27, 2010
Doubly ambitious: Yasemin Narcin and her brother Yusuf (below)

Doubly ambitious: Yasemin Narcin and her brother Yusuf (below)

North London twins from a Muslim and Jewish background are pursuing Jewish-themed career paths after their A-levels.

Yasemin Narcin hopes to go into primary school teaching via a course at Leo Baeck College. Her brother Yusuf has a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study classical based trombone performance. He is trombonist in a klezmer influenced band, Gabby Young and Other Animals, which has played at Glastonbury.

The twins, whose mother is Jewish, attended Finchley Progressive Synagogue and a Turkish mosque but it was the Jewish community which left its mark.

"I've always swayed towards Judaism out of the two religions," Yasemin said. "It's the community aspect of it that I love so much, which I think Finchley Progressive Synagogue is fantastic with."

She intends to complete a foundation degree for religious studies teachers at Leo Baeck.

"It was because of the weekly teaching at [Finchley Progressive's] Ivriah that I've now enrolled on various teaching courses and hope to be a primary school teacher," she said.

Unlike his sister, Yusuf is relieved to leave the world of academia behind. "Finally I have the chance to do something I have a passion for."

Last updated: 11:32am, August 27 2010