Muslim-Jewish Twinning in Tunis in commemoration of the deportation of Tunisian Jews during the Nazi invasion of Tunisia between 1942-1943

On December 27, 2017,The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding sponsored a Muslim-Jewish twinning event in Tunis hosted by the Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities (L’Association Tunisienne de Soutien des Minorités). L’Association Tunisienne de Soutien des Minorités organized the 6th Anniversary for the commemoration of the deportation of Tunisian Jews during the Nazi invasion of Tunisia between 1942 and 1943. The event was held under the theme “the different forms of discrimination against Tunisian Jews in history”.

Tunisia7Yamina Thabet, President of the association, opened the meeting by thanking the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding for supporting the event. She further insisted on the fact that although the association has received threats in order to call off the conference, all the members of the TASM have not been discouraged and maintained the association’s tradition to commemorate these events and to remind the Tunisians of the forgotten part of Tunisia’s history on the deportation of Tunisian Jews during Second World War.

Tunisia8.jpgFour lecturers took part in the conference: Mr. Jawhar Ben Mbarek, Mrs. Danielle Hentati, Mr. René Trabelsi, and Mr. Jacob Lellouche.

Tunisian political leaders as well as representatives of the Embassy of the United States, United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Morocco, France and Germany attended the event.



Muslim-Jewish Women twinning event at Yeshurun Synagogue in Manchester, UK


The Yeshurun Synagogue hosted a special Interfaith event as part of a ‘Season of Twinning’ project.

The event in partnership with Faith Network 4 Manchester (FN4M) and ‘We Stand Together’ was linked to the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s (FFEU) and attended by twenty Muslim and Jewish women from Cheadle and Manchester mosques and the Yeshurun and Menorah synagogues.

It was organised by Qaisra Shahraz, a novelist, and Co-Chair of both the Faith Network 4 Manchester & We Stand Together and hosted by Marilyn Berg, Vice- Chair of the Yeshurun Synagogue and former teacher.

The event celebrated and promoted friendship, unity and the common elements of both faiths, Islam and Judaism.

Muslim women learnt about Hanukkah, and Jewish religious rituals during the tour of the synagogue.

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They admired the gorgeous and colourful, hand-made embroidered tapestries hanging in the main hall.

A peace poem was read by Sue Stern, a local Jewish author, and Marilyn Berg delighted the guests with funny stories and jokes including about Greggs the bakers.

Qaisra Shahraz organiser said,  ‘I am delighted that this twinning event of Jewish and Muslim women from two Mosques and two synagogues went exceedingly well.

“We could not stop talking, smiling, hugging and sharing our stories-and happily posing with ‘We Stand Together’ & ‘Spread Hummus Not Hate’ peace banners.


Marilyn Berg the host from the Yeshurun Synagogue said, ‘We are delighted to host this twinning event. It was full of laughter, friendship and helped to break down any barriers. We found out more about what united us than divided us. And we respected our differences.’

Rubbiah Hamanyu from Cheadle Mosque said, ‘This event reminded us beautifully that as people of faith, we have much In common.

“It is important therefore that our common values of neighbourliness , justice and love for humankind always shine through.’

Vicki Garson of the Menorah Synagogue said, ‘The genuine warmth of this event was inspiring…it was a pleasure to chat and discover how much we all had in common. I would like to thank our hosts for looking after us so well and the organisers for making it happen.’

Rifat Mirza of Cheadle Mosque added, ‘It was lovely to be able to share stories through dialogue- Muslim and Jewish women and such dialogue is so important in bringing people together like this twinning interfaith event.’

Sue Stern from the Yeshurun Synagogue said, ‘We all got on so well, everyone wished that the world could be like that. A great beginning to the coming year.’

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June Rosen of the Yeshurun Synagogue said, ‘It was such a warm relaxed gathering, making new friends and renewing friendships with others, everyone intent to do whatever they could to make the word a better place for our children and future generations.’

Dudia Zilic of Didsbury Mosque said, ‘It was an excellent event. We need more like this to bring people of different faiths together.

“Talking is so important. And in building bridges between the two communities.

“This was my first visit to a synagogue and I learnt alot, including about Hannukah. We have so much in common. The host ladies were lovely and looked after us so well.’


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Muslim-Jewish twinning event in Washington, DC for Christmas

FFEU partner, the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum (GWMJF), represented by Andra Baylus and Walter Ruby, was active the day before Christmas spreading a message of peace, brotherhood and compassion for people of all backgrounds. GWMJF co-sponsored a Muslim-Jewish Winter Youth Feeding the Homeless event with ADAMS Community Service at the CCNV Shelter in downtown Washington, in which teenagers and their parents from Temple Rodef Shalom of Falls Church, VA and the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy of Rockville, MD, participated together with families from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS).

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Over 50 Muslims and Jews eventually managed to set up and serve delicious meals of spicy Indo-Pak chicken and rice to scores of homeless residents at CCNV and also offer them coats, blankets gloves and warm socks.

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Twinning event at Maccabi Sport Centre in Prestwich, England


On December 3rd, 2017, Muslim and Jewish women enjoyed sport activities including boxing, skipping rope, badminton as they celebrated The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s Twinning event in partnership with Faith Network 4 Manchester (FN4M) and We Stand Together at Maccabi Sport Centre in Prestwich, England. It was a lovely event, where women exercised and played sports together, shared a feast, and posed for pictures with their favorite sport equipment and peace banner to promote wonderful friendship and and good relationships.