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Voice of the Jewish News: Faith restored

This week's editorial reflects on an initiative run by young Jews and Muslims for victims of the Grenfell tragedy

Children who were traumatised by the Grenfell disaster take part in a camp run in-part by Jewish activists
Children who were traumatised by the Grenfell disaster take part in a camp run in-part by Jewish activists

Almost every week we cover an interfaith story, and almost every week it feels like the faiths came together at least in part to be seen to come together – interfaith for interfaith’s sake. Sometimes – as in the case of Golders Green mosque being forced to scrap its exhibition honouring Muslims who helped Jews in the Holocaust – even this can be a bridge too far.

Seldom do we have the pleasure of covering a story of Jews and Muslims working together to do good simply because they can, but that’s what we saw last week, at a mosque-based day camp for children traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire.

These young Jews and Muslims have worked together for so long now on so many issues that their combination simply felt like the natural extension of a now-deep relationship, their reason for coming together nothing whatsoever to do with the need to come together, but because they can do more together than separately, and because they – whisper it – actually like each other.

That’s what true interfaith should feel like. This shul and mosque have shown us a model for future relations. We hope others take note.

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”

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