Since 2005 T4P has supported dialogue processes between Jewish and Muslim people in Leeds.
Whilst initially our focus was on the Israel-Palestine situation, as we gathered people to talk it soon became apparent that most people were more concerned about relationships here in Leeds. Sessions have been hosted on subjects such as identity, diversity, humour, belonging, and (occasionally) specific faith issues, with 35-40 people in all (ages ranging from 16 to 70+) involved, with a core group of 12-15 people.
Real friendships have developed, and with them a high degree of trust.
Over the years, the group have generated a range of initiatives:
Learning Journey: A shared ‘learning journey’ to Israel-Palestine by 10 of the group took place in April 2013.
Inter-Active: Keith Ackerman and Mahboob Nazir are part of the team of ‘Inter-Active’, a full-fledged inter-faith sports project.
Two artists – Imen and Gillian – have collaborated in calligraphy workshops for children and adults.
We are grateful for funding from the Leeds City Council Prevent team for facilitating the early part of the process.