in News October 11, 2017

Sukkah in a Mosque

Sukkot or Succot, a Jewish festival, often referred to as the Season of our Rejoicing has historical significance which commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. The word “Sukkot” means “booths,” and refers to the temporary dwellings that we are commanded to live in during this holiday in memory of the period of wandering.

In light of this, as part of the customs a Sukkah or Succah, translated as a booth is a temporary hut constructed during the festival. The Faiths Forum for London organised for a Sukkah to be built  at Al Khoei Foundation and Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre for an interfaith meal to be shared.

 The day was separated into two, Sunday morning was held at Al Khoei for breakfast, which drew a well rounded crowd of locals from both faiths. Rabbi Baruch Levin from Brondesbury Park United Synagogue highlighted the importance of seeing past and differences, and focusing on the good within each other. Both Yousif Khoei OBE, the Director of the Foundation and Aliya Azam MBE, the Education and Interfaith Coordinator, who were hosting the breakfast have a longstanding reach within working within interfaith initiatives. The morning was complemented further by a tour of the Islamic Centre to promote dialogue and to bridge the gap among the communities.

Sunday afternoon, thereon, the interfaith lunch was held at Al Mannar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, a Mosque which was involved in providing aid to the victims of Grenfell. Rabbi Natan Levy, of Faiths Forum for London, who helped to facilitate the initiative, said: “After Grenfell, the mosque and synagogues opened their doors and purses and hearts to the victims of the Grenfell fire. The succah continues this generous community spirit of hospitality…”

The afternoon was received well and saw members of Holland Park Synagogue,  West London Synagogue and New West End Synagogue come together. Rabbi Natan Levy, of Faiths Forum for London, who helped to facilitate the initiative, said: “After Grenfell, the mosque and synagogues opened their doors and purses and hearts to the victims of the Grenfell fire. The succah continues this generous community spirit of hospitality…” To learn more about the event, and how the day went, click here and view the video below.

in News October 11, 2017


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