Interfaith

Chief Rabbi slams Methodist report

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2010

The Chief Rabbi and other Jewish presidents of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) have expressed their concern about a report on Israel prepared by the Methodist Church.

The document, which is to be debated at the church's national conference later this month, calls for a boycott of goods from "illegal" West Bank settlements, and political lobbying to end Israel's occupation and the "siege of Gaza".

The Methodist Church has already faced criticism for demonising Israel from Jewish organisations in London and Manchester.

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Uproar over Methodist Israel report

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2010

Jewish leaders have condemned a "skewed" report on Israel prepared by the Methodist Church, warning it could set back interfaith relations for years.

The report, which is to be debated at the church's national conference later this month, calls for a boycott of goods from "illegal" West Bank settlements, and political lobbying to end Israel's occupation and the "siege of Gaza".

Over the past few days, Jewish organisations in London and Manchester have protested about its contents in meetings with Methodist representatives.

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Muslims say Israel is key to dialogue

June 3, 2010

Jews and Muslims involved in interfaith work have differing ideas about discussing Israel in their dialogue groups.

In Manchester, Lucille Cohen, the new president of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, has said that on the whole she believes that "if it's appropriate, leave Israel on the side".

Mrs Cohen, the former president of the Zionist Central Council, is also involved with the Altrincham Interfaith Group.

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UK Jews and Muslims can co-exist

By Ed Husain, March 11, 2010

A few days ago, I listened to a speech by Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the historic Brick Lane Mosque. The mosque was once a thriving synagogue, and before that a Huguenot church. As a child, I remember seeing mezuzahs on door frames, and buying groceries from a Jewish shop with my father. And though it was widely, if erroneously, believed that the local MP, Peter Shore, was Jewish, he spoke regularly at the mosque. There was no animosity between Jews and Muslims in the East End of my childhood.

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Schools unite in interfaith celebration

December 9, 2009

Pupils at the Akiva Primary in Finchley were joined by their Catholic counterparts from the neighbouring St Theresa’s School to celebrate the presentation of an award to interfaith relations pioneer Sir Sigmund Sternberg by the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

The pupils gave performances about Chanucah and Christmas before Sir Sigmund received a star to add to his papal knighthood, awarded in 1985 in recognition of efforts to promote relations between Jews and Catholics.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey also addressed the gathering.

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Promoting peace between Jewish students and Palestinian activists

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2009

Trying to convince Palestinian farmers in Ramallah of the benefits of a two-state solution is no easy task. But doing the same with pro-Palestinian students in Britain can be even harder.

Members of OneVoice, the grassroots movement which works with Israelis and Palestinians to promote co-existence and conflict resolution, yesterday completed a challenging two-week campus tour.

Palestinian Dina Jaber and her Israeli colleague Beata Krants faced the challenge of convincing some of the most vocal advocates from both sides that a peaceful conclusion is achievable.

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Mitzvah Day embodies my vision

By Tony Blair, November 12, 2009

The Jewish community has a long history of public service. It is central to the core beliefs of the Jewish faith — Tzedek, Tzdek, Tirdof (Justice, Justice, Shall you pursue). Indeed, the Torah itself is, in its entirety, the DIY guide to making the world a healthier, wholer and saner place.

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Israeli-Arab event in UK cancelled

By Marcus Dysch, October 29, 2009

A London networking evening for Arab and Jewish business leaders has been cancelled after its Palestinian hostess was pressured into pulling out by her friends and relatives.

Plans for the private home reception, due to be held on November 5, had been at an advanced stage.

The Arab-Jewish Ensemble, also known as Sheshbesh, is part of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra’s educational department. It had been booked to perform at the event.

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Michael Howard on interfaith group's board

By Robyn Rosen, September 3, 2009

The former Conservative leader Michael Howard and the Labour MP Frank Field, a former minister, have been appointed as part of a “reinvigoration” of the trustees board at the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ).

The new appointments are part of an attempt to bring in influential characters who can increase the impact and reach of the CCJ, which aims to promote religious and cultural understanding between the two faiths.

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Interfaith group bond on trip to US

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2009

A delegation of European imams and rabbis met at the White House last week to discuss how to combat rising Islamophobia and antisemitism.

The group was made up of leading clerics from from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom

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