Showing an appetite for dialogue in Yorkshire
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.”
Joy MitchellKardatz, Hilary Curwen, Arifa Bhamani and Farrah Jicrah