Luton Synagogue hosts interfaith food tasting event

By Jay Grenby, November 16, 2012

Food was the way to the hearts of the 100 Jews, Muslims and Christians who shared their respective cuisines at a tasting involving Luton Synagogue, two churches and a mosque from the Leagrave area.

The event — the first in a series financed by a grant from the Church Urban Fund’s Near Neighbours Project — began with the sounding of a shofar and a helping of chicken soup. A honey cake-making demonstration followed before a sampling of cuisines from the non-Jewish participants, including spicy pakoras and Harvest supper dishes.

Synagogue chair Brian Green told guests: “Food is the foundation block of our respective faiths and through food we will come together to celebrate and respect each other’s festivities.” A visiting German pastor from Luton’s twin town of Berlin-Spandau observed that it was “such a simple and effective way to bring people of different faiths together that I am going to copy it”.

Last updated: 11:11am, November 16 2012