In faith

June 20, 2008

Israeli interfaith activist Ron Kronish spoke at London’s Central Mosque this week. Dr Kronish, a Reform rabbi, will receive the Gold Medallion of the International Council of Christians and Jews in Jerusalem next week.


Faith work adopted by Europe

By Leon Symons, June 13, 2008

A Jewish-inspired project to integrate faith and ethnic minorities through schools and youth programmes is to be adopted by the European Commission.

Representatives from all 27 EU member states participated in a two-day conference in Belfast last week, where they were briefed on the Shared Futures scheme, begun in Britain by the Board of Deputies and the Pears Foundation.


Healing the ‘painful verses’

June 13, 2008

A new book by a rabbi, an imam and a priest tries to explain controversial verses in their holy books that have offended other faiths. Published in French, Les Versets Douloureux [“The Painful Verses”] was co-authored by Rabbi David Mayer, Sohaib Bencheikh and Reverend Yves Simoens.


Saudis invite WJC to talks

May 30, 2008

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has invited the World Jewish Congress to attend an interfaith summit. WJC head Ron Lauder said the move was “laudable”.


Leslie Firth named Reform congregation’s life president

May 30, 2008

Rabbi Norman Zalud conducted a civic service to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary at Blackpool Reform Synagogue. During the service, Leslie Firth was named the congregation’s life president. Mr Firth has held many council and executive positions for the synagogue and the Reform Movement. He is also a representative on the Interfaith Forum in Blackpool.


District chairman hosts interfaith group

May 30, 2008

The chairman of Worthing and District Jewish Community, Barbara Gordon, and her husband Ian, hosted an interfaith group. Three students, one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim, were accompanied by local MP Peter Bottomley. They were part of a “Parlia-mentory” scheme to learn about each other’s religions. The Gordons took the opportunity to explain the significance of the mezuzah on their front door.


Qatar hosts interfaith meet

May 23, 2008

Over a dozen rabbis, including two Israelis, attended an interfaith conference in Qatar last week. Although the sheikhdom does not have official ties with Israel, it has hosted a trade office for the last 12 years and recently invited Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to speak.


Muslims enjoy a seder night

By Jay Grenby, May 2, 2008

An imam told an interfaith audience last Wednesday that, according to the Prophet Mohammed, great honour should be paid to the Jews who escaped from their Egyptian slave-masters in biblical times.

Rezia Wahid cats to Miriam Winston at the
interfaith third seder

Sheikh Salah al-Ansari of Basingstoke Mosque was addressing a third seder at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood, held under the auspices of Alif-Aleph UK, which promotes contact between British Muslims and Jews.


Former Staines minister returns for seder demonstration

May 2, 2008

Former Staines Synagogue minister Rabbi Yehuda Black, now at Kenton, returned to conduct a demonstration seder for almost 100 people organised to promote the local Council of Christians and Jews. CCJ chief executive David Gifford addressed the gathering. Guests enjoyed the participation of two of Rabbi Black’s sons, who as well as asking the four questions, answered those put to them by their father.


Treasurers quit top interfaith body

By Simon Rocker, April 25, 2008

The joint treasurers of the Council of Christians and Jews, Michael Colin and Ian Hayes, have left the organisation amid reported differences over fundraising.

In a statement, the organisation said that its chairman, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, the Bishop of Manchester, is “putting in hand a radical regeneration of the way in which CCJ operates in accordance with its constitution.

“In particular, he is demanding tighter financial control, more effective budgeting and a higher level of sustainable funding.”