Interfaith

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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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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How US Christians came to pay for Israelis' dental care

By Nathan Jeffay, October 14, 2014

In Israel, some social activists issue calls to the government to boost its welfare provision. Others just write a cheque and hope to "embarrass" the government into changing its ways.

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It's not only conflict between faiths that must be faced

By Jonathan Romain, October 7, 2014

David Baddiel's musical - The Infidel - is based on his film of the same name and tells of a Muslim who discovers he is a Jew. That initial shock about his own identity is then compounded by confusion when realising that Jews are transformed from being "the enemy" to being machetonim.

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Rabbis in Succot initiative to settle refugees in the UK

By Naomi Firsht, October 7, 2014

Rabbis, bishops and imams are joining together on Succot to call on British local authorities to provide shelter to refugees living in warzones.

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A mix of friendships and fallings-out

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Judeo-Christian relations are going through a peculiar period.

Leading church denominations have found themselves at loggerheads with the Jewish community and supporters of Israel. Yet regular church-goers are among the strongest advocates for the Jewish state.

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Israel's street battles over assimilation

By Nathan Jeffay, September 18, 2014

Jerusalem's city centre is witnessing a backlash against hard-line right-wingers who take to the streets on popular clubbing nights to form a self-declared "honour guard" against Jewish-Arab relationships.

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Our faiths must work together

By Monica Porter, August 28, 2014

During the latest war between Israel and Hamas, I have been waging my own mini-battle on Facebook, flying the flag for Israel. I have nearly 1400 Facebook friends, the majority of whom have been acquired as a result of my latest book. They are a kind of international, multi-ethnic fan base. My usual "status updates" on the site relate to my work.

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