Obama highlights faith and religion at Democratic convention

By Nathan Guttman, August 27, 2008

Attempting to make inroads to the Jewish community and Christian evangelicals, the Democrats launched an effort to highlight the role of faith and religion during its convention.

The conference, in Denver, formed a first-ever "faith caucus" and featured discussions on the role of religion in politics which included Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.


Mehri Niknam receives the Fulbright Scholarship to boost interfaith relations

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

North London's Mehri Niknam, the executive director of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation and an expert on Muslim-Jewish relations, has been awarded a scholarship to continue her interfaith work in the United States. She received the Fulbright Scholarship and is thought to be the only British person to do so this year. Considered America's flagship international academic exchange program, the Fulbright grant is awarded by the US government to people on the basis of their academic or professional achievements and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.


Schools’ positive lesson for interfaith relations

By Jessica Ware, August 1, 2008

A Wimbledon Jewish kindergarten staged a parenting workshop with a Brixton Muslim school as part of a pilot school-linking scheme.

Over 50 parents, children and teachers from the Apples and Honey Nursery and the Iqra School took part in activities such as counting up to 10 in Arabic and Hebrew and a treasure hunt on Wimbledon common.


Blears launches £7.5m interfaith partnership

By Leon Symons, July 25, 2008

A three-year £7.5 million interfaith project that will put Jewish communities throughout England into closer contact with other faith groups has been launched by Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears.

Framework for Partnership will bring faiths together at regional and local level to enhance services to their communities.


Say a prayer before you fly

By Elisheva Katanka, July 25, 2008

Airport prayer rooms can help bring together people of different faiths

A rabbi and an Israeli bus-driver go to heaven. The bus-driver is let in first, but when the rabbi protests, an angel proclaims: "When you used to speak from the pulpit, you put congregants to sleep, but on the bus, everyone prayed!"


Fears over Papal visit to Sydney

By Dan Goldberg, July 18, 2008

Five Australian Jews have been invited to meet Pope Benedict XVI during his first visit to Sydney amid continuing concerns about a planned re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross.

They are among 40 interfaith leaders — including Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others — who will meet the Pope at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday.

Pope Benedict is in Sydney for World Youth Day, a six-day celebration with  an estimated 500,000 people expected at the closing papal mass on July 20.


£2.5m chair

July 11, 2008

The potential for future relations between Judaism, Christianity and Islam will be explored at Oxford University through a new chair in the study of Abrahamic religions.

An anonymous £2.5 million donation will, from the 2009 academic year, fund the study of the founding texts of each religion via a range of philosophical, historical, artistic and political topics.


Lessons in co-existence

By Alex Barnes, July 4, 2008

An organisation promoting Muslim-Jewish relations celebrated the success of a scheme bringing together pupils from Muslim and Jewish schools at a House of Lords reception last week.

Over 100 students aged from 11-15 have participated in Alif-Aleph’s linking programme. Jewish schools involved include Simon Marks Primary, Immanuel College and King Solomon High.


Sacks awarded degree for interfaith dialogue and diversity

July 4, 2008
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has received an honorary degree from Roehampton University for his contribution to interfaith dialogue and diversity. Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey said the award recognised commitment to principles which resonate with the values of the university. He had been prominent in debates on the role of faith in building a society based on ethical values.


Joint Christain and Jewish celebration of Israel's 60th

June 20, 2008

An “Israel at 60” event organised by South London Council of Christians and Jews at South London Synagogue featured a dialogue between Rabbi Philip Ginsbury and Canon Bill Norman, who reflected on their visits to Israel. Canon Norman also recalled that the year before Israel’s establishment he had served with the British Army in Gaza.