Women promote Muslim dialogue
JEWISH AND Muslim women in St Albans have set up a forum to promote dialogue between the communities.
Inspired by a group in America, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom St Albans wants to host monthly meetings at the homes of supporters where refreshments will be vegetarian and alcoholfree.
The launch event was hosted by co-founder Ruth Cohen-Rose, who encouraged guests to dress warmly so they could eat fruit in the succah.
A spokeswoman for the group said politics would not be a part of its activities.
“We know how incredibly painful the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is for both faiths. It is such a painful area that talking about it will not lead us where we want to go — deeper into friendship, opening our hearts to one another.
“We recognise that we need to start where we are: creating peace between us and bringing our children up to respect and care for all people so we move towards creating the world we want to live in.”
She added: “We’ll share each other’s festivals, hear each other’s stories, share in joint social action and family events and learn more about each other’s lives.
“Above all, we are creating a safe and welcoming space to move towards each other.”