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.


JCoSS pupils like to keep the interfaith

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Visit any Jewish school and you will expect to find calendars packed with important dates and holy festivals, from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot.

But Ramadan is unlikely to feature on the roster.

This year, however, JCoSS decided to change that and put together a two-week interfaith programme to coincide with the Muslim festival - all of which took place inside a "multifaith tent".


Muslim speaks from bimah at interfaith Iftar celebration

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Two London Reform synagogues have held interfaith events to celebrate Iftar, the meal marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan.

At Alyth in Golders Green, Muslims outnumbered Jews with 60 of the 110 in attendance. Labour MP Sadiq Khan was among the guests and the call to prayer was made from the bimah by Sultan Ahmed, a fundraising manager for Islamic Relief.


Nottingham Liberals and Muslims open a soup kitchen together

May 28, 2015

Jews and Muslims in Nottingham have united to provide a drop-in kitchen for the some of the city's poorest, most vulnerable people.

Nottingham Liberal Synagogue and not-for-profit Muslim organisation Himmah have launched the Salaam Shalom Kitchen (SaSh) to provide hot meals every Wednesday for the city's needy.


Why our experience of assimilation should be a beacon for today's split communities

By John Ware, May 28, 2015

The former chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks once likened this country's infatuation with multiculturalism to permanently living in a hotel.


Spreading the mitzvah

May 18, 2015

The impact of Mitzvah Day in the wider community was highlighted by the founder of its Muslim equivalent at an interfaith tea for supporters hosted by Daniela and Trevor Pears on Sunday.

Facebook's European vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, was among guests who heard Julie Siddiqi, who recently launched the Muslim Sadaqa Day, tell how its Jewish precursor had inspired her.


European rabbis in first meeting with Pope Francis

By Naomi Firsht, April 20, 2015

Pope Francis has spoken of his concern over the "troubling" rise of antisemitism in Europe and said Holocaust commemorations should serve as a warning for future generations.

In his first meeting with the Conference of European Rabbis, the Pontiff said Christians around the world must show solidarity with Jews.


Faiths unite in Dublin

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Irish religious leaders warned of rising intolerance at an "unprecedented" gathering of senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim representatives.

Papal delegate Archbishop Charles Brown and imams from four mosques were among guests at the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland dinner, held at Dublin's Terenure synagogue hall.

JRCI chair Maurice Cohen said their presence reflected a "genuine des