On Sunday 22nd December
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.