Interfaith

£2.5m chair

July 10, 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.

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Lessons in co-existence

By Alex Barnes, July 3, 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.

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Sacks awarded degree for interfaith dialogue and diversity

July 3, 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.

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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.

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In faith

June 19, 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.

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Faith work adopted by Europe

By Leon Symons, June 12, 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.

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Healing the ‘painful verses’

June 12, 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.

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Saudis invite WJC to talks

May 29, 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”.

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Leslie Firth named Reform congregation’s life president

May 29, 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.

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District chairman hosts interfaith group

May 29, 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.

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