Jewish community leaders attended an “uplifting” Interfaith gathering at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen.
160 people were greeted by the Monarch at a reception to celebrate the work of faith groups in bringing communities together, on Monday.
Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, Director of the Council of Christians and Jews was at the meeting and told Jewish News that all guests got to shake hands with Her Majesty the Queen, and that it was “something she clearly wanted to do. She was excited to meet us!”
Attending alongside Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks, David Dangoor and Trevor Pears, as well as Orthodox rabbis including Nicky Liss, she said the meeting was “very uplifting”.
“I got the chance to meet lots of other interfaith activists and professionals from around the UK and form new relationships, which was great.”
She added that “CCJ is delighted to be a national partner of Near Neighbours”, which supports them with funding for their social action programmes.
Laura Marks, founder of Mitzvah Day, attended on behalf of Nisa-Nashim, the Jewish-Muslim Women’s Network she co-launched in 2015. She said: “I always say this challenging work is best when you work bottom up to make it real and also top down, which gives it authority. To have the Queen herself host a small reception for people working so hard to bring people from different backgrounds together, was not only a serious treat, but it made it thoroughly kosher!”
Yesterday our Director attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by CCJ Patron HM Queen Elizabeth II, organised by our partner Near Neighbours to honour local interfaith work pic.twitter.com/ErxQKg1AaQ
— CCJ (@CCJUK) June 26, 2019
Baroness Eaton, chairwoman of Near Neighbours, a government-funded programme working to bring together people from different faiths, thanked the Queen for arranging the reception.
The Queen shared that there was a “tremendous amount of talking” among the faith groups who had gathered in the next room.
She was accompanied by the Duchess of Gloucester and also met with James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, and minister for faith Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth.
- Buckingham Palace
- Her Majesty the Queen
- Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko
- Council of Christians and Jews
- Mitzvah Day
- Laura Marks
- David Dangoor
- Treavor Pears
- Nicky Liss
- Near Neighbours
- Baroness Eaton
- The Queen
- Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
- Duchess of Gloucester
- James Brokenshire
- Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government