Board of Deputies in Manchester to help bridge the divide between Jews and Muslims

Next week, the President and Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews will be in Manchester for two days of meetings with Muslims in the city.

Following terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, and a surge in anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish racism, bridging the divide that exists between Muslims and Jews has never been more important, and the Board of Deputies is stepping up to this challenge. To build on the Board of Deputies’ engagement with Muslims, next week, on Sunday and Monday, the Board’s President and Vice President will be undertaking a two-day programme of visits and meetings.


President Jonathan Arkush and Vice President Marie van der Zyl, along with Imam Irfan Chishti MBE, will demonstrate unity by taking questions together from children from a Church of England primary school
during a visit to Manchester Central Mosque. Jonathan and Marie will also talk to students from a Muslim girls’ high school during the school’s visit to the Board of Deputies Jewish Living Experience exhibition, currently on display at Manchester Cathedral.

There will also be meetings with Chief Inspector Umer Khan of Greater Manchester Police – leader of #WeStandTogether, novelist and screenwriter Qaisra Shahraz, Wajid Khan MEP, and former Lord Mayor of Manchester Naeem Hassan, as well as visits to three mosques.

If you would like to cover any of these events or speak to Jonathan or Marie about the visit, please get in touch. Representatives from the Jewish Representative Council and Muslim-Jewish forum have also been invited to a number of the meetings.