Dayan attacks plan to twin shuls with mosques

By Simon Rocker, March 5, 2009

A Board of Deputies plan for synagogues to twin with mosques in order to improve Muslim-Jewish relations has been attacked by a senior Orthodox rabbi as contrary to Jewish law.

Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, head of the Federation of Beth Din, wrote to communities under its aegis last Friday to say they should not take part “on religious grounds”.

The initiative was among a number discussed by Jewish interfaith organisations at a special meeting at the Board last week to discuss Jewish-Muslim relations.


Board reaches out to repair faith relations

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2009

An Islamic community centre will host a major Jewish exhibition as interfaith groups attempt to repair relations in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict.

The Board of Deputies’ Jewish Way of Life exhibition will be held at the centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in the spring.

At a meeting on Tuesday, members of the London Jewish Forum, synagogue bodies and the Board reaffirmed their dedication to developing stronger ties with the Muslim community.


CCJ adds 3 new rabbis

February 26, 2009

Three new rabbis have been appointed as presidents of the Council of Christians and Jews.

The interfaith group has added Rabbi Abraham Levy, of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation; Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism; and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, senior Rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues.


Mosque guests on Shabbat

February 18, 2009

Birmingham Progressive Synagogue welcomed 20 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community to its Shabbat morning service.

The visitors, ranging in age from eight to 98, also joined congregants for lunch, where a talk by Waqar Ahmedi on the Ahmadiyya community was followed by a question and answer session led by Rabbi Margaret Jacobi and Imam Maulana Tahir Selby.

Rabbi Jacobi said that “in these difficult times, it is heartening to feel that we can form friendships with people of a different faith and discover how much we have in common”.


Muslim is 'changed forever' by her visit to Auschwitz

By Bernard Josephs, January 29, 2009

A Muslim student received an ovation from MPs and Holocaust educators after delivering an impassioned plea for a united front against racial prejudice and hatred.

Addressing an HMD event at the House of Commons, Ifraah Samatar said that 60 years after the Holocaust, “we still live in a society where hatred and discrimination exist.

“We are all neighbours on this planet, be we Jewish, Muslim, Christian or whatever. We have to realise that when people look back 60 years they will ask themselves: ‘How could this have happened?’ Yet racism and genocide still happen today.”


Interfaith tensions rise in Britain and France

By Marcus Dysch and Rebecca Assoun, January 22, 2009

Interfaith groups are attempting to preserve lines of communication amid the fallout from events in the Middle East.

British-based organisations say their members are working to remain united despite events in Gaza, but in France tensions have risen after Muslims quit the country’s only Jewish-Muslim forum.

Jane Clements, director of the UK-based Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine (Fodip) said the past month had created “difficulties. When these things happen it always points out that relations are not improving.


South London Council of Christians and Jews hold meeting on "Ageing in the Jewish World"

November 6, 2008

South London Council of Christians and Jews held a meeting on "Ageing in the Jewish World" at the Nightingale home. Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith spoke about its history, current demographic trends and issues affecting the home and its residents. Nightingale's new promotional DVD was screened.


Finding the faith in India

By Francesca Segal, September 26, 2008


Ramadan fast ends in shul

By Charlotte Fisher, September 19, 2008

Muslims were invited to the New London Synagogue in St John's Wood on Tuesday for an Iftar meal to break the daily fast during Ramadan.

Alif-Aleph, promoting interfaith dialogue, has organised an annual Iftar event since 2003, celebrating similarities in the religions, traditions and food of Jews and Muslims.

"It's a great opportunity to meet and talk to Muslims," said New London member Vera Morris as guests tucked into a buffet of salmon bagels, cakes and dates.


Be honest: does their colour bother you?

September 4, 2008

All goyim are antisemitic." Which of us has not heard this sentiment voiced by a co-religionist; and even if we don't agree with its sweepingly unfair categorisation of most of humanity, find at least part of ourselves thinking that maybe it's true of quite a few? In recent months, a couple of incidents have made me wonder to what extent we are guilty of racism.