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Muslim and Jewish community celebrate Succah in Brondesbury Park

PUBLISHED: 16:07 11 October 2017

Members of Brondesbury Park Synagogue and the Al Khoei Foundation enjoying the brunch in the Succah

Members of Brondesbury Park Synagogue and the Al Khoei Foundation enjoying the brunch in the Succah

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A Muslim and a Jewish organisation brought their communities together at a special interfaith festival in Brondesbury Park.

Yousif Khoei, Rabbi Baruch Levine, Aliya Azam and Rev. Lawrence Hillel at the Succah in Brondesbury ParkYousif Khoei, Rabbi Baruch Levine, Aliya Azam and Rev. Lawrence Hillel at the Succah in Brondesbury Park

Hundreds turned up to The Al Khoei Islamic Centre, in Chevening Road, hosts of the Brondesbury Park Synagogue’s Succah on October 8.

The Succah is a temporary structure used to commemorate the Jewish exodus from Egypt during the festival of Succot.

Organised by Faiths Forum for London (FFL), this was the second year that the Jewish and Muslim communities have come together to celebrate the festival of Succot, which further strengthen the bond between them.

Rabbi Natan Levy, head of operation for FFL, said: “The Succah in a Mosque initiative brings together the Muslim and Jewish communities promoting dialogue and learning about our commonalities. Food, people and a hut with no doors, where everyone is invited, is a great combination to build on the foundations created from last year’s event.”

This unprecedented partnership between a British mosque and synagogue was initially inspired by the terrorist attack on a Jewish Kosher Supermarket in Paris in 2015.

The events that day motivated the local Imam and Rabbi from Brondesbury Park to build on the bridges and last year created a link between their two thriving communities.

This year the event was about reinforcing that connection and setting a example to communities across the UK.

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