Muslims in synagogue for post-fast feast

September 28, 2010

Sixteen Muslims and 18 Jews attended a post-Eid and Yom Kippur get-together at the New London Synagogue in St John's Wood.

Organised by Alif-Aleph (British Muslims and Jews), with the Coexistence Trust and the Cambridge Centre for Muslim-Jewish Relations, the event explored similarities in prayer and the question: "How does fasting at Ramadan and Yom Kippur help us to make moral decisions afterwards?" The discussion was led by New London's Rabbi Jeremy Gordon and Sheikh Michael Mumisa from the Cambridge centre.

Richard Stone, co-chair of Alif-Aleph with Aina Khan, said it was illuminating to reflect on "how different the practice of fasting is in the two religions". As Rabbi Gordon and Imam Mamadou Bocoum from the Muslim College in Ealing discussed the finer points, "everybody else was off tucking into fish balls, tomatoes, hummus, strawberries and plums".

A collection for victims of the floods in Pakistan raised £540.

Last updated: 1:38pm, September 28 2010