Office of the Chief Rabbi

The Chief Rabbi attends interfaith Iftars during Ramadan

Over the past few weeks, the Chief Rabbi has been privileged to take part in several Iftars, the traditional fast-breaking meal for Muslims observing Ramadan.

As well as attending an Iftar hosted by the Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev at his residence, the Chief Rabbi also presided over an Iftar together with Dayan Ivan Binstock at St John’s Wood Synagogue, where the Jewish community was joined by Muslim neighbours, including Sheikh Khalifa Ezzat, Head of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque.

At another event hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi joined the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, fellow faith leaders and young people from diverse religious backgrounds to mark the fast’s end. He praised the “spirit of unity” fostered by this particular Islamic tradition, which brings together the Muslim community while welcoming non-Muslims to join.

The Chief Rabbi has now called on Jewish communities to stage similar events, hosting their local Muslim counterparts in order to promote a sense of unity and understanding between communities.

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