Tzedek spreads the word with Blair cash

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JESSICA ELGOT

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DE­VEL­OP­MENT char­ity Tzedek has been awarded a £50,000 grant by the Tony Blair Faith Foun­da­tion to fund two non-Jewish Faith Fel­low in­terns.

Ox­ford the­ol­ogy grad­u­ate Char­lotte Flow­ers, 21 — a Chris­tian from Dud­ley — and Manch­ester Mus­lim youth worker Maryam Duale, 24, will join the char­ity for a year as part of the Faith Act Fel­low­ship. They are two of 30 fel­lows in Tzedek’s youth lead­er­ship pro­gramme this year. Start­ing next month, they will be in­volved in in­ter­faith projects for the char­ity.

“Tzedek does great work mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions on poverty in Jewish schools and we’d like to ex­pand that, mov­ing into other faith groups and schools,” Ms Flow­ers ex­plained. “We’re go­ing to be fundrais­ing for one of Tzedek’s part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions in In­dia and we’re work­ing on a theatre pro­ject, to be per­formed for sec­ondary school chil­dren.”

Orig­i­nally from So­ma­lia, Ms Duale, a for­mer pres­i­dent of Young Mus­lims UK, said the two had re­ceived ba­sic Jewish stud­ies tu­ition from Tzedek staff.

“As part of the TBFF train­ing, we spent last Fri­day night at New North Lon­don Synagogue, with the 28 other faith fel­lows. We all went to Shab­bat din­ner at the home of Rabbi Jonathan Wit­ten­berg. Many of us were fast­ing be­cause of Ra­madan and we broke the fast there. We were pray­ing out­side in the gar­den just as they lit the can­dles and said the bless­ings for Shab­bat. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Tzedek di­rec­tor Dan Berelowitz said it “tack­les com­plex is­sues of poverty. Host­ing a Chris­tian and a Mus­lim fel­low in an or­gan­i­sa­tion founded on Jewish val­ues sends a pow­er­ful mes­sage that the only hope of solv­ing these prob­lems is if peo­ple of dif­fer­ent faiths and back­grounds work to­gether.”

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