Interfaith

Playing down the differences in our multi-cultural world is giving the fundamentalists the advantage

By Douglas Murray, July 28, 2016

In Acton, in West London, there is a church which has bucked the Western European trend. Its congregation has not just grown, it has grown so many times over that it has had to move into a larger building. The number of worshippers is increasing all the time. Sadly this is not a success story but rather the result of a historic tragedy.

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Jump in applications to mixed-faith Jewish and Arab school

By Jenni Frazer, July 28, 2016

The executive director of a unique network of bilingual Israeli schools, the Hand in Hand Association, has said that there had been "a tremendous increase" in applications from both the Jewish and Arab communities, despite - or perhaps because of - the often tense political situation.

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Intermarriage: We must not give a message of rejection

By Aaron Goldstein, July 14, 2016

Intermarriage in the UK is broadly stable at just over a quarter of the Jewish population and those that marry non-Jews are less likely to bring up their children as Jewish than those that marry Jews.

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Please do as I say and not as I did

By Karen Glaser, July 14, 2016

I grew up in suburban South Wales and until I went to university in the late 80s I thought most Jewish families were like my own: intermarriages on every branch, and not entirely sure where the nearest synagogue was.

Manchester University rapidly corrected my misperception: I didn't just get an academic education there, I got a Jewish one too.

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Many sides to intermarriage

By Jonathan Boyd, July 7, 2016

It gets me every time. That moment in Fiddler on the Roof when Tevye turns his back on his daughter Chava, after refusing to give his blessing to her marriage to Fyedka, a non-Jew. "If I bend that far, I will break," Tevye exclaims with a growing sense of despair. And that's the clincher for him. "There is no other hand! No, Chava!

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Making a meal of interfaith

June 17, 2016

Muslims and Christians joined West London Synagogue congregants for a shared iftar, the meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast.

It was part of the Big Iftar - an initiative launched by interfaith activist Julie Siddiqi - retitled this year as the Big Royal Iftar in recognition of the Queen's 90th birthday.

The 200-plus guests enjoyed a buffet-style vegetarian meal and heard fro

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Engaging with Muslims

June 10, 2016

The launch of a Leeds branch of the Nisa-Nashim Muslim-Jewish women's network attracted a turnout of more than 60. Regional co-chair Salma Arif said the response demonstrated "a real appetite for dialogue". Nisa-Nashim National co-chairs Laura Marks and Julie Siddiqi addressed the event and plans for future activities such as halal/kosher food evenings and friendship walks were discussed.

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Board's ex-social action chief has faith in new role

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

The Board of Deputies' interfaith and social action officer has left after five years to join a new government-backed faith venture.

Rabbi Natan Levy has become head of operations at the Fayre Share Foundation, the charity founded by Jewish interfaith activist Maurice Ostro, vice-chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews.

The foundation is the lead partner in a consortium recently chose

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New show for horrible historian

June 9, 2016

Dave Cohen, supplier of comic songs to BBC's popular Horrible Histories, has a new show out. Entitled Music Was My First Love, it is, he says, "a stand up-poem, the Odyssey with jokes", which tackles subjects as various as left-wing antisemitism to his relationship with his Charedi siblings.

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Dealing with hate and blame, together

By Jessica Weinstein, June 1, 2016

The summer of 2014 saw the start of the Israel-Gaza war, also known as Operation Protective Edge. But, for many Jews in the diaspora, it also marked another kind of war, of hate, blame, and the need to support a country that many felt a special a link to - even though they didn't live there.

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