Blair and Boris praise faiths unity

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Boris Johnson and Tony Blair have lauded the interfaith aspect of Mitzvah Day.

Mitzvah Day marks the start of the national Interfaith Week and Mr Blair praised the notion of "Jews working with Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Baha'is to go out into their communities to help clean up the area".

Mr Johnson said such co-operation was a "fantastic example of what can happen when people put


Chief Rabbi opens week of interfaith activity

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2011

The Chief Rabbi was joined by dignitaries from several faiths in marking the start of the annual Interfaith Week at a ceremony in London on Tuesday.


Interfaith takes on business

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

Organisers of a new business network for Muslims and Jews in Manchester claim that it will change the image of interfaith work.

More than 50 business people from both communities are to attend an event at the Manchester Conference Centre on November 20, which will provide a master-class on networking together with stalls promoting businesses, from an Islamic finance group to a Jewish-owned IT f


Full Marks for Mitzvah Day ambition

November 3, 2011

In a further expansion of Mitzvah Day volunteering and bridge-building, a major focus of the 2011 event on November 20 will be forging bonds with Muslims, which founder Laura Marks hopes will be long-lasting.

Ms Marks sees Mitzvah Day as the "push" organisations need to get involved in interfaith activities - and the day coincides with the start of Interfaith Week.

"Obviously, anything possi


Terror fatwa Imam fears student hate

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

A leading Muslim peace activist, who proclaimed a fatwa against terrorists, has called on the Orthodox Jewish communities to engage with him.

Dr Mohammad Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani Sufi scholar, who was the keynote speaker at last month's "Peace for Humanity" conference in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Stadium, said he regretted organising the conference on Shabbat, because it had excluded


Tourism with a twist

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

A new travel company is offering British Jews the opportunity to take holidays with a difference - staying with Muslim families in East Jerusalem and visiting the Palestinian territories.

The trips are part of a range of interfaith tours offered by Middle East Journeys to encourage religious Jews, Christians and Muslims to step out of their comfort zones and meet those with other beliefs.



University challenge for interfaith leader

September 22, 2011

New Faith Network for Manchester head Jonny Wineberg is in discussions with Manchester University over space for an interfaith venue.


Campaign to 'shame' messianics

By Ruth Eglash, September 22, 2011

A "naming and shaming" campaign to expose Messianic Jews living in Israel is the latest in a series of attacks against the 15,000-strong community that believe Jesus was the messiah.

Anonymous residents of Mevasseret Zion, a town of 30,000 just outside Jerusalem, last month distributed hundreds of flyers displaying the photographs and addresses of ten Messianic Jews in the town.


Chief Rabbi to have a papal audience

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

After welcoming him on behalf of the British interfaith community last year, the Chief Rabbi is to take part in a private meeting with the Pope in Vatican City.

Lord Sacks has been invited to meet Pope Benedict XVI for the second time in December, when he visits Rome for two days to give a lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

He will address students on the subject of interfaith r


Muslim pupils look to Israel for pen pals

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

Many children have pen pals with whom they swap notes on family life, pets, hobbies and school work.