Barnet Multi Faith Forum (BMFF)
We are volunteers representing the diverse faith communities and organisations across Barnet
We come together to engage in dialogue which aims to promote social cohesion and oppose prejudice, injustice, and bigotry
We uphold the right to practice our religion, faith and customs in safe neighbourhoods
We advocate to ensure that values of freedom of expression are safeguarded
We aim to build bridges of trust and confidence based on greater understanding and knowledge of each other’s faiths, beliefs and customs
We ensure that faith communities have a voice in relevant matters affecting issues of faith and belief in the Borough
We celebrate cultural diversity and recognise the additional value this brings to the Borough
We support social action projects designed to enhance the environment and living conditions of all in the Borough.
We recognise that volunteering is the life blood of communities upholding civic responsibility.
We celebrate that thousands of different people from diverse backgrounds willingly and freely give of their time and energy.
For more information please go too the BMFF website
Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ)
The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) is the leading nationwide forum for Christian-Jewish engagement:
celebrating the history and diversity of both communities,
facilitating constructive dialogue,
enabling meaningful learning experiences; and providing opportunities for transformative change.
This engagement takes place in communities across UK through their branches as well as through their programmes.
Demonstrating empathy and respect
For more information please go to the CCJ website or
The local Finchley Branch of CCJ is looking for volunteers to join them on their committee if you are interested then please email them here
On Sunday 22nd December 2019
Woodside Park Synagogue hosted a winter
Multi Faith Evening Celebrating
the Jewish Festival of Chanukah
There was an explanation of the importance, History and Ritual of this Ancient Candle lighting Festival.
Followed by opportunities for Questions & Answers and traditional refreshments
Barnet Multi Faith
Es Rosen BMFF Chair & Interfaith Rep for Woodside Park Shul
Deputy Mayor Cllr. Lachhya, Theresa Villiers MP,
Es Rosen BMFF Chair, Assistant Rabbi WPS - Rabbi Akiva Rosenblatt,
Estelle Philips (CCJ) and Steven Woolf Chair Woodside Park Synagogue
Theresa Villiers comments after attending a debate between
Rabbi Hackenbroch of WPS and Imam Qureshi of North Finchley Mosque.
Candles were lit at Woodside Park shul today in memory of those who lost their lives in the horrific attack in Pittsburg last week. This took place at the beginning of an interfaith event to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Barnet. The speakers were Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch from Woodside Park and Imam Hamid Qureshi from the Islamic Association of North London. The discussion was chaired by Edwin Shuker إدوين شكر from the The Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Despite the sad and solemn start this morning, the later discussion left me with a sense of hope and optimism. There was great emphasis on what different faiths have in common, and plans were made for more meetings and activities in the future to bring the Jewish and Muslim communities closer together.