Muslim speaks from bimah at interfaith Iftar celebration

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Two London Reform synagogues have held interfaith events to celebrate Iftar, the meal marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan.

At Alyth in Golders Green, Muslims outnumbered Jews with 60 of the 110 in attendance. Labour MP Sadiq Khan was among the guests and the call to prayer was made from the bimah by Sultan Ahmed, a fundraising manager for Islamic Relief.


Nottingham Liberals and Muslims open a soup kitchen together

May 28, 2015

Jews and Muslims in Nottingham have united to provide a drop-in kitchen for the some of the city's poorest, most vulnerable people.

Nottingham Liberal Synagogue and not-for-profit Muslim organisation Himmah have launched the Salaam Shalom Kitchen (SaSh) to provide hot meals every Wednesday for the city's needy.


Why our experience of assimilation should be a beacon for today's split communities

By John Ware, May 28, 2015

The former chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks once likened this country's infatuation with multiculturalism to permanently living in a hotel.


Spreading the mitzvah

May 18, 2015

The impact of Mitzvah Day in the wider community was highlighted by the founder of its Muslim equivalent at an interfaith tea for supporters hosted by Daniela and Trevor Pears on Sunday.

Facebook's European vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, was among guests who heard Julie Siddiqi, who recently launched the Muslim Sadaqa Day, tell how its Jewish precursor had inspired her.


European rabbis in first meeting with Pope Francis

By Naomi Firsht, April 20, 2015

Pope Francis has spoken of his concern over the "troubling" rise of antisemitism in Europe and said Holocaust commemorations should serve as a warning for future generations.

In his first meeting with the Conference of European Rabbis, the Pontiff said Christians around the world must show solidarity with Jews.


Faiths unite in Dublin

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Irish religious leaders warned of rising intolerance at an "unprecedented" gathering of senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim representatives.

Papal delegate Archbishop Charles Brown and imams from four mosques were among guests at the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland dinner, held at Dublin's Terenure synagogue hall.

JRCI chair Maurice Cohen said their presence reflected a "genuine des


Jewish leaders back We Stand Together campaign against hate

By JC Reporter, March 8, 2015

Jewish communal leaders have helped launch a new national effort to combat hate and extremism.

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Finchley United Synagogue, and Rabbi Herschel Gluck joined Muslim and Christian figures, and senior Metropolitan Police officers on Sunday to unveil the We Stand Together campaign.


Religious leaders join walk for peace

By Simon Rocker, February 12, 2015

A group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders are to front a one-day “pilgrimage” across London next Thursday in a demonstration of interfaith fellowship.

Masorti Senior Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, who will be taking part in the walk, said its aim was to support “the values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect for life”.


Government moves to eject top rabbi from interfaith role

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A leading United Synagogue rabbi was removed as patron of an interfaith charity because the government believed he was too extreme.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet was in position at Faith Matters for just a fortnight before being sacked on Monday.


Interfaith group drops rabbi as patron after only two weeks

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

An interfaith conflict-resolution group has reversed its decision to make a leading rabbi a patron due to past comments he has made on Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet had been appointed by Faith Matters only a fortnight ago.