Interfaith

Jewish leaders back We Stand Together campaign against hate

By JC Reporter, March 8, 2015

Jewish communal leaders have helped launch a new national effort to combat hate and extremism.

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Finchley United Synagogue, and Rabbi Herschel Gluck joined Muslim and Christian figures, and senior Metropolitan Police officers on Sunday to unveil the We Stand Together campaign.

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Religious leaders join walk for peace

By Simon Rocker, February 12, 2015

A group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders are to front a one-day “pilgrimage” across London next Thursday in a demonstration of interfaith fellowship.

Masorti Senior Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, who will be taking part in the walk, said its aim was to support “the values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect for life”.

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Government moves to eject top rabbi from interfaith role

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A leading United Synagogue rabbi was removed as patron of an interfaith charity because the government believed he was too extreme.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet was in position at Faith Matters for just a fortnight before being sacked on Monday.

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Interfaith group drops rabbi as patron after only two weeks

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

An interfaith conflict-resolution group has reversed its decision to make a leading rabbi a patron due to past comments he has made on Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet had been appointed by Faith Matters only a fortnight ago.

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Baroness Warsi claims she has been ostracised by Jews

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Baroness Warsi has claimed that she was ostracised by the Jewish community after she resigned from her government post over the UK’s policy on the Gaza conflict.

She said Jews who were once friends no longer spoke to her.

But Laura Marks, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies, who was pictured embracing Baroness Warsi at interfaith events, denied the claim.

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Keeping faith amid the protests

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

A scarf-clad observant Jewish woman has teamed up with a hijab-wearing counterpart to tackle strained Muslim-Jewish relations since boycott protests hit the streets of Manchester.

Aimee Banay, a 35-year-old mother-of-two, said the Gaza conflict, which sparked protests in Manchester outside a Jewish shop, has fed Muslims and Jews with "conspiracy theories" about each other.

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Muslims say thank you to Muswell Hill shul

November 13, 2014

A north London synagogue has won an award from an Islamic organisation for its support of a Muslim group whose community centre was destroyed in an arson attack.

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Mitzvah Day set to reignite links with Muslims

By Barry Toberman, November 6, 2014

Mitzvah Day projects will help rebuild UK Jewish-Muslim relations in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict, its founder and chair Laura Marks believes.

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Faiths unite as 2,500 rally against hate

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 23, 2014

Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together to condemn antisemitism at a rally attended by an estimated 2,500 people.

On a day of unity, even the political divide was bridged, with a message from Chancellor George Osborne read out by Labour MP Ivan Lewis.

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Rabbinic students to pair with Christians

October 14, 2014

The Council of Christians and Jews has provided Leo Baeck College rabbinic students with the opportunity of being paired during their training period with a Christian studying for the clergy.

Twenty students from both faiths attended a Lambeth Palace reception, where they were welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who warmly endorsed the scheme.

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