Interfaith

Jews, Muslims urge Sarkozy to drop Islam debate

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

Jewish leaders in France have joined their Muslim, Christian and Buddhist counterparts to demand that President Nicholas Sarkozy should call off a contentious debate on Islam planned for next week.

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Pupils invest in shared future with economic discussions

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Immanuel College sixth-formers sought the perspective of pupils from other schools on how the government should spend its money at a conference organised by the Three Faiths Forum's Shared Futures Project.

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'Death threats' against interfaith man

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A leading interfaith organisation has condemned death threats against an imam who preached evolution and supports women's rights.

Usama Hasan was threatened after Muslim protesters disrupted a lecture he was giving last month, calling for his execution.

The Woolf Institute's Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish relations said hatred should make way for debate.

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Joining Muslims on Women's Day

March 11, 2011

The International Women's Day centenary was marked in Manchester by a day of art, drama and creative writing by the city's Muslim Jewish Forum at Manchester Town Hall.

Sixty-five women explored the theme of "100 years and 100 voices", creating interactive books based on quotes from inspirational women. Childhood stories were also shared.

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Praise from Israel after Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Israel has “welcomed wholeheratedly” the Pope’s announcement exonerating Jews for the death of Jesus.

A spokesman for Israel’s embassy to the Vatican said it was “confirmation of Pope Benedict XVI’s known positive stance towards the Jewish people and the state of Israel.”

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York archbishop Dr John Sentamu: I bake challot

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

Jewish-Christian relations were on the agenda at a private dinner attended by Manchester rabbis and the Archbishop of Canterbury on Tuesday.

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On this day: The Passion of the Christ opens

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

At first description – religious story, told in Aramaic and Latin, more than two-hours long - The Passion of the Christ doesn’t sound too appealing.

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Rise in fortunes for Christian-Jewish ties

By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011

Council of Christians and Jews' chief executive David Gifford is encouraged by a five per cent growth in membership over the past two years.

"We have been pushing local branches to look at increasing their members," he said. "People are being more pro-active than they have been in the past."

CCJ recently held a national meeting for branch representatives for the first time in four years at which plans were discussed for its 70th anniversary in 2012.

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Pupils' big game at Arsenal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

Year five pupils from Moriah Primary in Pinner enjoyed a trip to Arsenal's Emirates stadium as part of the club's interfaith education programme.

The Premier League-funded Arsenal for Everyone scheme brought together children from several London schools and a variety of religious backgrounds. Run jointly by Arsenal in the Community and the Islington Faith Forum, the scheme combined sessions about the major world religions with football coaching to encourage teamwork and respect.

Representatives from each religion also addressed pupils on the importance of their faith.

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UK Jews reach out to Arabs

By Jessica Elgot and Simon Rocker, February 3, 2011

Religious, business and community leaders, including two US rabbis, have spent five days in Nazareth forging connections with Arab businesses and charities, in the first trip of its kind organised by the UK Taskforce on Israeli Arab Citizens.

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