End violence against women – with Angelina Jolie!

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June 2014

 

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Honoured to attend the summit on Violence against Women in War Zones, in particular the fringe event on Faith.

Sadly Baroness Warsi was called away but Lord Ahmed and the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP  chaired a session packed with faith leaders from around the globe

Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu represented the Jewish community on the panel and spoke about our responsibility as Jews to speak out on issues of justice.

Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary the Rt Hon William Haig MP visited the meeting to thank faith leaders for leading the way on this issue affecting millions of women world wide. Inspiring stuff and very star struck!

 

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Together in Service – faith based social action with funding!

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JUNE 2014

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Together in Service is an initiative from the DCLG and run by Faith Action supporting inter faith social action.   Based on A Year of Service, a project run by Mitzvah Day in 2012 with funding from the DCLG it recognises that to enable people to build real, new inter faith relationships needs thought and funding.

 

As advisor to Together in Service I enjoyed a meeting today with Daniel Singleton from Faith Action and I am delighted to see the programme starting to build momentum as a force for good.

 

Remember to apply for funding for your inter faith social action projects!

 

Interfaith Cooking – building relationships

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June 2013

We know that real relationships cant be built in a day.

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Mitzvah Day is a wonderful way to celebrate the good we can do with our time but building a real bond with a church or mosque based group simply takes longer.

Mitzvah Day cooking is an amazing way to do something for those less fortunate than ourselves, to make new friends and indeed, to have fun.

 

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We hosted a wonderful group of people in the JW3 kitchen making food for the local shelter, Doorstep.  Amongst our ‘cooks’ was Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, Julie Siddiqui,

 

 

IMG_3745Rabbi Harvey Belowski, Incoming Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli, Saleem Kidwai from the Muslim Council of Wales and Mitzvah Day inter faith Chair and Lady Mayoress, Daniela Pears.

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Engaging with young adults – testing the waters in Hampstead!

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May 2014

Given a drastically increasing gap in time between ending education and starting a family, are we in danger of loosing a generation of young Jewish people to the community?  This was one of the key questions we posed to 40 communal professionals at Hampstead Town Hall in an exploratory workshop on the subject of young adults.  Will they return to the Fold, are the institutions of British Jewry still relevant to them? What can and indeed should we do to reach out? And does it matter anyway?

 

We heard from academics, people working with students, those working with young adults and people engaged with innovative, exciting new projects which are setting up alternate models from the past.  Invigorating, scary and stimulating

 

We barely scratched the surface but it was a start point for more discussion and thought. We will be starting to talk to more people about it. Your thoughts are eagerly awaited.

 

 

Taking the Holocaust submission to Number 10

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May 2014

After many weeks of work on the Jewish community submission, we delivered the finished document to Downing Street.  Having consulted with over 70 Jewish organisations we hope that our strong Jewish voice will be heard  and actions taken.

Seen here with Helen Myer from the Cabinet Office, and Sara Younger and Joseph Moses from the Board we look forward to working with the Commissioners and the government on building ever stronger educational and commemorative legacies for the Holocaust here in the UK.  IMG_3705 IMG_3715 IMG_3719