Faiths Forum for London helped bring together members of the Jewish and Muslim communities to build a Sukkah to celebrate the Jewish festival of Sukkot at Al Khoei Islamic Centre, London, Al Manaar Muslim Heritage Centre, London and Idaara Maarif-e-Islam in Birmingham.
The idea began in 2015 after the terrorist attack against a kosher supermarket in Paris, when leaders of the Al Khoei Mosque in Willesden approached local rabbis to create the first sukkah to celebrate the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
Rabbi Natan of Faith Forum had this to say about the initiative:
“Until the mosque built this shelter of welcome, many members of my community were wary of mosques and steered cleared of them, but the Sukkah is a big embrace, a huge welcome sign. It has made us Jews sit up and take notice. How often can you eat a kosher bagel in a Sukkah at a Mosque and learn from wise rabbis and imams both?”
This media attention sheds a positive light on interfaith interaction and it is hoped that it can be an example of interfaith meetings that can inspire faith institutes to reach out to other faiths and communities to have a constructive dialogue.
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