Women pro­mote Mus­lim di­a­logue

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY SANDY RASHTY

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.”

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