A national interfaith charity dedicated to improving Jewish-Muslim relations has expanded its programme into Manchester.

The Joseph Interfaith Foundation – whose extensive work in schools and universities saw its founder appointed MBE by the Queen – held a special initiative for secondary school students in the city this week.

Over thirty pupils from Abraham Moss Community School – located in the predominantly Muslim area of Crumpsall – took part in the Foundation’s “Auschwitz and Srebrenica: Lessons of our common humanity” project.

Students enjoyed a seminar on the similarities between Islam and Judaism from Leeds Rabbi Jason Kleiman before participating in a series of activities designed to make them aware of the destructive results of religious hatred and understand the similarities of human suffering between the Shoah and 1995 Muslim genocide in Srebenica.

The Foundation also held workshops on how to recognise and combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

 Rabbi Jason Kleiman with the teachers at the school

Rabbi Jason Kleiman with the teachers at the school

In a touching letter of thanks to its director Mehri Nikram, one student said he was now ready to “make a positive change to the world” and “extinguish the negative thoughts and actions”.

The school will continue its work with the foundation over the coming months.