Interfaith

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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Thanking Muslims for Holocaust heroism

By Jessica Elgot, January 27, 2011

Stories of Albanian Muslims who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust are the focus of a campaign for better interfaith relations.

Run by the Exploring Islam Foundation, Missing Pages was launched at the House of Lords in the week of Holocaust Memorial Day. The campaign features an exhibition of photography by Norman Gershman featuring Muslims who protected Jews.

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Missing pages: Muslim heroes of the Holocaust

By Katie Taylor, January 26, 2011

Photographs from an exhibition, now touring the UK, shedding light on the untold stories of Albanian Muslims who saved Jews from the Nazis.

For more on Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 see our dedicated HMD page

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Face the interfaith elephant

By Angela Levin, December 29, 2010

If anyone had asked me 10 or even five years ago if relationships between Christians and Jews could exist outside the Israel-Palestinian conflict my answer would have been "of course. It's barely relevant."

I am now nowhere near as sure. Whether we like it or not, Jews have become inextricably bound up with how our Israeli brothers and sisters treat Palestinians and how their plight is perceived.

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Sharing more than Abraham

By Fiyaz Mughal, December 24, 2010

I have just returned from Berlin where I attended a conference with the Council of Christians and Jews to look at the possibility of trilateral discussions involving Muslims, Christians and Jews and historical narratives.

The common theme for the future seemed to be what Abraham means to the three faiths, and two fascinating days were spent discussing how this great prophet could be a bridge for interfaith discussions between the three faiths.

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Europe's Muslim and Jewish leaders meet, discuss co-operation

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2010

Leaders of Europe’s Jewish and Muslim communities have met in Brussels in an effort to encourage greater religious co-operation.

Some 50 people from countries including Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, attended Monday’s meeting.

It was organised by the European Jewish Congress (EJC) along with the World Jewish Congress and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

British Muslim representatives included Fiyaz Mughal, the director of Faith Matters and Mohamed Zina, co-chair of the Muslim-Jewish Forum.

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Interfaith Arts Festival

December 1, 2010

Visitors enjoyed a look at the work of Muslim, Christian and Jewish artists at the Interfaith Arts Festival in London last week.

Held at the Candid Arts Gallery in Islington, the festival was organised by the Three Faiths Forum to mark National Interfaith Week

Stephen Shashoua, director of the Three Faiths Forum, said: "London is an incredibly diverse city, but there are very few opportunities for people to really engage at this level with anyone outside their own religious or cultural group.

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African rabbi in bid to become first Ugandan Jewish MP

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2010

A Ugandan Jew who grew up under the Idi Amin regime is hoping to become the first rabbi serving in a national parliament outside of Israel or Europe.

If Gershom Sizomu is elected he will also be the first Ugandan Jew elected to national office.

The African country goes to the polls in February 2011 and this week Rabbi Sizomu will find out if his application to stand for the parliamentary seat of Bungonkho North, in the city of Mbale, has been accepted by the electoral commission.

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