Inter-faith event held in Harlow

Communities / Mon 21st Nov 2016 am30 01:44am

interfaithON Saturday 19th November 2016, Harlow Faith Leaders attended an interfaith event hosted by the Jewish Community at the local Synagogue in Harlow. This event brought faiths from the Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Catholic and Jewish community together. There was a Jewish service of worship in Hebrew and English, with readings from the other faiths too.

Nishall from the Hindu Community said ‘It is fantastic to be hosted by the Jewish Community; it is great to see all the faiths coming together to pray for peace and community cohesion. I believe this really shows the true multiculturalism that Harlow has and we should be proud of.’

Rabbi Irit Shillor who led the service said: “Sometimes we think we’re much better at trying to persuade others of our opinions than listening to theirs. In our conversations and debates, we should, if possible, abide by the Jewish tradition of argument for the sake of heaven, which demands profound respect for other human beings. Each of us was created in the Divine image, even if we disagree their opinion. We must have respect even in disagreement. If we must argue, we should do so not only with respect and for the sake of peace, but also with humility. We may need to ponder the view of the other to clarify our own, and hear divergent viewpoints presented in a constructive way that can help everyone learn and grow.”

Bringing faiths together is a large part of all the community groups and the organisations such as the Harlow Ethnic Minority Umbrella (HEMU) helps greatly to facilitate this.

HEMU Manager Neela said ‘It is really important that community groups come together as it helps to strengthen our communities and helps to bring cohesion in a time of political unrest around the world, supporting each other in the community is very important because it helps build community understanding and tolerance.

The event consisted of the main Jewish service that happens on a weekly basis with the inclusion of community readings and prayers, the event concluded with chance for faith leaders to meet with the Jewish community.

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