New York mayor greets Muslims with Jewish greeting

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

New York's mayor may have inadvertently taken a step forward in Jewish-Muslim relations this week.

Michael Bloomberg was speaking at an event to mark the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's annual month of fasting, when he made something a slip.


Israel trip plan for mixed faith couples

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

A trip to Israel for mixed faith couples is being organised with the aim of addressing concerns of non-Jews in the relationships about their partners' heritage and feelings for Israel.

Jeneration is planning the seven-night tour in November and one of its leaders will be Zahavit Shalev, who has run events for mixed faith couples.

"Similar trips have been run in the US and we've been in conta


Walkers take steps to harmony

July 14, 2011

There was a large Jewish turnout for an interfaith walk on Sunday in St John's Wood and Marylebone, taking in four churches, four synagogues, a mosque and an Islamic cultural centre.

Organisers said that at least 50 Jews were among the 150-plus walkers from 10 faiths.

London Central Mosque imam Sheikh Seddiki Sidi Fawzi told participants the walk "will bring about a society of cohesion, harm


Christian group stands up for Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Hundreds of Christian supporters of Israel gathered in London this week to stand up against boycotts and attacks on Israel.


Football result as FA tackles antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

A Football Association initiative will tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia by encouraging cross-community matches, interfaith tournaments and grassroots education.

Faith in Football had its inaugural meeting at Wembley Stadium and will be chaired by Alex Goldberg of the European Centre for Jewish Leadership and the Faiths Forum for London.

Southport Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Zevi Saunders


Interview: David-Maria Jaeger

By Ilaria Myr, July 7, 2011

David-Maria Jaeger is no ordinary priest. He has worked closely with two popes, spent 19 years as a legal adviser to the Vatican in its talks with Israel and, last month, was sworn in as a judge at the Papal Court, the highest court of the Catholic Church.


Methodists and Jews repair rifts

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

Methodist Church members took part in a mock Seder this week as efforts continued to repair relations between the church and the Jewish community.

A year after Methodists passed a policy calling for a boycott of goods from "illegal" Israeli West Bank settlements, relations thawed sufficiently for more than 100 Methodist conference delegates to join the event.

There has been "clear movement i


Chief criticises faith coverage in media

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has criticised media coverage of religion, saying that the failure to report interfaith work was leading to negative perceptions among the public.

He told a House of Commons select committee last Thursday: "Up and down the country, religious groups are getting together across the boundaries between faiths."

But he went on: "It is our complete failure ever to get publi


Bercow hails Three Faiths scheme

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Commons Speaker John Bercow addressed students at the finale of the Three Faiths Forum's leadership programme.

It served as the graduation of 45 students who took part in the UN-award winning Undergraduate ParliaMentors (UP) scheme, encouraging students from different religions to work together.


Interfaith aid for medics

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Cambridge University is sponsoring a programme for Jewish, Christian and Muslim trainee doctors and nurses at five Israeli hospitals to teach them the Koran, the New Testament and the Torah.

The Cambridge Interfaith programme, part of the university's divinity faculty, is supporting the new workshops, run by the Middle Eastern branch of the British-based Three Faiths Forum.