Manchester interfaith initiative scoops top award
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Manchester interfaith initiative scoops top award

Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester celebrate "wonderful recognition" of Community Organisation of the Year gong

Patrick Maguire is a reporter at the Jewish News.

The Muslim Jewish Interfaith Forum celebrate their victory at the Fusion Awards
The Muslim Jewish Interfaith Forum celebrate their victory at the Fusion Awards

Greater Manchester’s successful Muslim Jewish Forum has scooped a prestigious national award.

The interfaith initiative, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, won the Community Organisation of the Year at the Fusion Awards – which celebrate multicultural collaboration – in Blackburn last night.

The Forum was founded by Holocaust survivor Henry Guterman MBE and Labour MEP Afzal Khan, and seeks to promote cultural ties between Manchester’s Jewish community – the second biggest in the UK – and its diverse Muslim population.

Its co-chairs Councillor Helen Fletcher and Mohammed Amin accepted the award – which was dedicated to the memory of the late Mr Guterman – on the Forum’s behalf.

Praising the group’s extensive achievements, Amin said: “In almost eleven years, the Forum has built many bridges between Manchester’s Muslim and Jewish communities.

“In 2015 we led the UK by initiating a petition to Parliament to preserve kosher and halal slaughter which received over 100,000 signatures in only nine days. The award is wonderful recognition of our service to the community.”

Fletcher, a Salford City Councillor, added: “The past eleven years have not been easy but we shall continue steering our organisation forwards so Muslim and Jewish friendships can become normalities and not exceptions.”

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