Interfaith project has royal backing

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

A new interfaith programme to teach primary-school children about Judaism, Christianity and Islam was launched to royal acclaim on Tuesday.

David Khalili, the Iranian-born Jewish founder of the Maimonides Foundation, said that he had commissioned the Interfaith Explorers resource in tribute to the Queen.


Manchester leaders get royal date

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Manchester Jewish communal personalities were guests at a royal lunch during the Queen's visit to the city on her diamond jubilee tour.

In addition to Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, diners included Jeremy Myers, who has championed pride in the city since organising a major clean-up following last summer's riots.


Liverpool mourns Malits

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Tributes from communal and interfaith leaders have been paid to Malcolm Malits, emeritus rabbi of Liverpool's Allerton Hebrew Congregation, who died on Monday night, aged 93.


Interfaith, 70 years on...

By Maurice Ostro, March 16, 2012

Seventy years ago this week, the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) was formally established. Against the horrendous backdrop of the Shoah, on March 20 1942, Chief Rabbi Hertz and Archbishop William Temple met in a spirit of solidarity and friendship. It was at this landmark meeting that the decision to form the CCJ was taken.


Archbishop of Canterbury to step down before Lord Sacks

By Jennifer Lipman, March 16, 2012

The chief rabbi has honoured the career of his "true friend" the Archbishop of Canterbury, following the news that he is to step down before the end of the year.

Dr Rowan Williams will leave office in December to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, meaning that he will retire eight months before Lord Sacks steps down.


Jewish-Arab musical comes to UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2012

Haifa students, both Jews and Arabs, have embarked on an ambitious joint project - and they are bringing it to the UK. Around 40 young Arab and Jewish Israelis have written their own musical, based on the Broadway show A Chorus Line.

Their version, Step by Step, is performed in Hebrew, English and Arabic, and set on a bare stage as members audition for a new show.


Islamic student head calls for co-operation

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Jewish and Muslim students must work together to tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia and should embrace "reconciliation", according to the president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis).


Healthy dialogue has to reach outer limits

By Dave Rich, March 1, 2012

A seminar at Birkbeck College, University of London, last week, showed how constructive dialogue can be held between people with deeply opposing views, while also proving that dialogue has limits to be defended.

Organised by the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the seminar, Muslims and Jews: Citizenship, Identity and Prejudice in Europe, the US and Israel, covered the portrayal of


Mixed-faith couples welcome Romain's discussion forum

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

Two Jewish women in relationships with vicars, and gay Jewish and Muslim couples, were among a substantially increased turnout at Rabbi Jonathan Romain's annual seminar for mixed-faith couples.

More than 100 people participated in the "I'm Jewish, My Partner Isn't" event at the Sternberg Centre, Finchley, on Sunday, travelling from as far afield as Glasgow and Nottingham.


"I'm not Jewish but my partner is"

January 19, 2012

Trish and Tod Saltzman belong to both a church and a synagogue. "It was really difficult on Sundays," said Mrs Saltzman, who was brought up Methodist, "because there is Sunday school and cheder and we had to decide what to do for our three children".