Jews and Muslims plant trees in shadow of Grenfell for Tu B’Shvat
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Jews and Muslims plant trees in shadow of Grenfell for Tu B’Shvat

Interfaith event celebrating the Jewish festival for the new year for trees was an opportunity to 'grow closer as a community'

Jews and Muslims came together in North Kensington near the site of Grenfell Tower to plant trees for the Jewish festival of Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees.

The interfaith tree planting on Tuesday was facilitated by Faiths Forum for London, Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) and Al-Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, around which the trees were planted.

“The significance of planting trees in Judaism is immense,” said Rabbi Natan Levy of SFI. “We are literally planting for our children and our grandchildren.”

He added that the holiday was “an opportunity to plant together and grow closer as a community as the trees take root”. The head Imam of Al-Manaar said: “We can breathe easier in Grenfell, with all that extra oxygen.”

 

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