Yom Chamishi, 18 Iyyar 5779
Lag B Omer Thursday, 23 May 2019
LJY-Netzer Interfaith Tour of Morocco with Salaam Shalom

 

LJY-Netzer, the youth movement of Liberal Judaism, co-led an interfaith tour of Morocco last month with the Bristol organisation, Salaam Shalom. The trip came about because of a grassroots desire to combat negative attitudes and beliefs that segregate people and create barriers to community cohesion. 25 Jewish and Muslim young people took part.

The eight-day tour took in key historical sites as well as visiting interfaith projects. As a result of the tour, Salaam Shalom is producing an educational resource pack which will be taken into schools as a way of educating against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

Sam Cohen, LJY-Netzer movement worker, said; ‘Young people need to be provided with the opportunity for open and frank conversations around race and faith. Britain is a diverse country, but too often communities live parallels lives – this tour showed that differences are not a negative – but instead should be celebrated.’

Shabana Kausar, manager of Salaam Shalom, said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for young people from perceived conflicting communities to come together to challenge the negative attitudes that either they, or those around them, may hold. The role young people play in challenging misconceptions and stereotypes of the ‘other,’ is a powerful one. Young people need to be presented with safe spaces to address these issues; this tour enabled the group to learn new skills that they were then able to bring back to Bristol and London.’

You can see photos from the trip on Salaam Shalom’s Facebook page.