Show­ing an ap­petite for di­a­logue in York­shire

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JOHN FISHER

BRIDGE-BUILD­ING INI­TIA­TIVE NisaNashim brought to­gether Jewish and Mus­lim women for a pic­nic in Round­hay Park in Leeds.

Part of an on­go­ing pro­gramme to foster re­la­tions and high­light sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the faiths, the Leeds branch was es­tab­lished last year by Hi­lary Cur­wen and Salma Arif.

“We have cre­ated a warm and wel­com­ing group,” Mrs Cur­wen said. “It ben­e­fits our two com­mu­ni­ties and the wider so­ci­ety in which we live.”

The pic­nic was a mix of Jewish and Mus­lim favourites with bagels, samosas, cheese­cake, cha­p­atis and savoury dough­nuts on the menu. Pre­vi­ous events have in­cluded friend­ship walks and cook­ery demon­stra­tions.

Guests in­cluded Salma Arif, a Leeds city coun­cil­lor, who said: “Shar­ing food is a great way to build friend­ships, al­low­ing young chil­dren to get in­volved, too. There is a real ap­petite for di­a­logue be­tween both com­mu­ni­ties and this was ev­i­dent with the turnout.”

PHOTO: JOHN FISHER

Joy Mitchel­lKar­datz, Hi­lary Cur­wen, Arifa Bhamani and Far­rah Ji­crah

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