East End synagogue is sold to its Muslim neighbours

By Simon Rocker, November 19, 2015

The sale of an old East End synagogue to a neighbouring mosque has been hailed as an example of positive relations between Jews and Muslims.

Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue, which shut earlier this year, has been bought by the adjacent East London Mosque, the largest in the country.

Judge Khurshid Drabu, a trustee of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, noted that the synagogue had given their


Rabbi complains after being told to remove shoes in Heathrow multi-faith prayer room

By Charlotte Oliver, November 11, 2015

A rabbi is demanding a public apology from Heathrow airport after being told to remove his shoes inside its multifaith prayer room.

Rabbi Shmuli Brown, Chabad rabbi of Liverpool Universities, landed at Heathrow after taking an overnight flight from New York. He went to make his morning prayers inside the airport’s multifaith prayer room before catching his connecting flight to Manchester.


Midlands roll out for Nisa Nashim

November 9, 2015

More than 50 Jewish and Muslim women attended the inaugural meeting of Nisa Nashim West Midlands.


Why mitzvahs are for Muslims, too

By Sheikh Sayed Abbas Razawi, November 5, 2015

Last month, I sat down for Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue. We talked about many things. Our conversations ranged from politics to family to football to the legitimacy of eating locusts.


Celebrating faith differences in Manchester

November 4, 2015

Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation was asked by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester to host an interfaith event as part of his We All Stand Together initiative.


Holocaust educator honoured by university

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

The life-long work of a Holocaust educator is being commemorated in a series of events at the University of Leicester, and with a memorial service at Leicester synagogue.

Sara Elkes, who died in September, was well known for her work with the Elkhanan Association for Inter-Community Understanding and her Inter-Faith Work Camps in Leicester.


Women promote Muslim dialogue

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Jewish and Muslim women in St Albans have set up a forum to promote dialogue between the communities.

Inspired by a group in America, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom St Albans wants to host monthly meetings at the homes of supporters where refreshments will be vegetarian and alcohol-free.


Government minister Baroness Williams to attend launch of Jewish-Muslim women’s group

By Sandy Rashty, September 21, 2015

Communities Minister Baroness Williams will speak at the formal launch of a Jewish-Muslim women’s group next month.

The Tory peer is set to welcome the launch of government-backed initiative Nisa-Nashim, an interfaith body aiming to strengthen relations between the two communities.


My search for common ground

By Carla Power, September 17, 2015

He thinks I'm going to hell, my friend and Quran teacher, Muhammad Akram Nadwi. Not because he thinks I'm a bad person. Not for my love of crimson lipstick and Prosecco. Nor for the sexual escapades of my youth-- though I've spared him having to hear about them.


All-female group takes fresh approach to Jewish-Muslim relations

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2015

Jewish and Muslim women have joined together in a bid to strengthen ties between the two communities.

Nisa-Nashim is a social action network set to launch formally in October and has already attracted more than 200 supporters across the country since its soft-launch in June.