Interfaith - Extra Info
So how can you get involved?
Here is a list of our current interfaith projects:
Peace by Piece
Peace by Piece is our programme to bring together Jews and Muslims to learn together, support local vulnerable communities, and showcase emerging artists through a busy programme of regular events.
- Building on a successful launch at Mitzvah Day, West London Synagogue have teamed up with Feeding Folk to deliver meals to London’s street homeless on an initial monthly basis. Each month we prepare 100 warm and healthy meals here at the synagogue, before packing them to deliver into the hands of rough sleepers across central London. For more information on this programme please contact our Interfaith Programming Officer Mohammed Yahya
- We hold four annual Art and Culture showcase events. Each event brings together talented Jewish and Muslim musicians, comedians, poets, storytellers, and spoken word artists in an intimate venue alongside a meal. Come along to discover new performers and make new friends. For more information on this programme please contact our Interfaith Programming Officer Mohammed Yahya
- In autumn 2017 we will launch a lecture and discussion series on issues of identity. Each meeting will include a lecture on a specific topic of identity, followed by an open discussion of wider issues exploring the building blocks of our identity, the challenges and opportunities this presents, and how we can learn and understand each other through this particular lens. For more information on this programme please contact our Interfaith Programming Officer Mohammed Yahya
- The Peace by Piece Study Programme brings together 16 Jews and Muslims for a yearlong programme exploring Jewish and Muslim faith and culture facilitated by Rabbi Sybil Sheridan from West London Synagogue and Humera Khan from An-Nisa. This programme includes a five day trip to Morocco to learn about the remarkable story of co-existence that underpins the endurance and success of this nation. For more information on how to enrol in the next programme please contact Rabbi Sybil Sheridan
- Our Peace by Piece youth programme has been running for the past seven years. Bringing together teenage students from both West London Synagogue at An-Nisa our students participate in a yearlong series of meetings and educational trips to explore each other’s faiths and practices, and to learn about co-existence and community building.
More interfaith programmes at West London Synagogue
- Nia Nashim Marylebone is part of a nationwide Jewish-Muslim women’s network that meet regularly to share a vegetarian meal and explore topics from the Jewish and Muslim traditions. Recent examples include art, music and poetry. To sign up for this group please contact Rachel Godfrey
- Scriptural Reasoning is a dynamic and evolving practice in which people of different religious commitments – usually Jews, Christians and Muslims – meet together to read and debate their sacred texts. The goal is growth in the understanding of one another’s traditions and a deeper exploration of the texts and their possible interpretations. To find out more please contact Rachel Godfrey
- West London Synagogue, partnering with St. Paul’s Church in Marylebone, run Marylebone FoodCycle. FoodCycle is an organisation that helps volunteers collect surplus food from supermarkets to then cook free community meals to combat food poverty and social isolation in their local area. We use this food to serve community meals weekly on a Wednesday afternoon and evening. For more information please contact Alex Cameron
Interfaith celebration of festivals:
- The second night Interfaith Seder is an occasion to invite non-Jewish friends to explore the symbolism of the Seder and in fulfilment of the proclamation ‘Let all who are hungry, come and eat’.
- At Sukkot we shall hold an ‘Open- House’ service to which we shall invite all our Marylebone neighbours to share in our Shabbat service and learn more about Judaism.
- West London Synagogue enjoys hosting and taking part in interfaith services and welcomes members to all these occasions.
- Central London Council of Christians and Jews holds many of its interesting lectures at West London Synagogue and welcomes members and friends. This now includes the chance to take part in weekly Torah study groups.
For more information, please contact Nic Schlagman on 020 7535 0270