Interfaith

Work with us, Board tells church

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2016

The Board of Deputies has asked a leading church movement to join a project to support coexistence in the Middle East - after it decided not to back sanctions against Israel.

The United Reformed Church, which has 50,000 members formed out of the amalgamation of English Presbyterians with other churches, had considered action against Israel at its general assembly last month.

But it avoided e

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Soon I'll visit Saudi on my Israel passport, says rabbi

August 11, 2016

A former Israeli minister who is also a veteran interfaith activist has said that the day is approaching when he will be able to visit to Riyadh using his Israeli passport.

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Rabbi hints at new dawn in Israel-Saudi relations

By Orlando Radice, August 5, 2016

A former Israeli minister has said that the day is approaching when he will be able to visit to Riyadh using his Israeli passport.

Rabbi Michael Melchior, who was part of an Israeli group that met a high-level Saudi delegation in Ramallah at the end of last month, said during a briefing organised by think tank Bicom: “That day could be much sooner than you dream about.”

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Entrepreneurs learn about fellow feelings

By Rosa Doherty, August 4, 2016

It is shortly after midday and more than 1,000 Muslims are gathered for jumu'ah - the Friday prayer held weekly at the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park.

But, as the call to prayer echoes over the loud-speaker, the worshippers catch sight of an unfamiliar figure picking his way through the prayer mats.

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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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