Interfaith leaders meet to tackle tide of ‘hate, populism and extremism’

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Interfaith leaders meet to tackle tide of ‘hate, populism and extremism’

Religious leaders come together at Cumberland Lodge under the guise of CCJ to tackle the impact of division in the UK

Guests at the CCJ's event listen to a speaker
Guests at the CCJ's event listen to a speaker

Faith leaders convened in Windsor this week to build an interfaith alliance in response to the rise of nationalism, populism and extremism.

Senior representatives of faiths in the UK met at Cumberland Lodge under the auspices of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) to hear from Holocaust survivor Dr Charlotte Knobloch, who said their meeting was being held “against a backdrop of threats to Western democracy”. The event was jointly organised by CCJ and Cumberland Lodge.

Last year Cumberland Lodge and CCJ published a study guide on nationalism and populism from a faith perspective, to be referenced alongside Amy Buller’s book ‘Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History,’ which explores how young people were drawn into National Socialism in the 1930s.

CCJ director Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko said: “As populism and extremism are on the rise, as hate crimes increase and attack faith identities in this country, it is imperative that people of faith are part of a conversation to tackle the challenges of our own times.”

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more: