Communal Diary


WeStandTogether = Difficult Dialogue: Food, Poverty & Principles
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm
Mini Limmud
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Further details tbc

In Conversation with Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz
Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm

Every year on November 30th, the State of Israel has a national day of commemoration for the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were displaced from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century.

This year, The Centre for Scotland and Israel Relations and Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (NIFI) are pleased to invite you to join on Nov. 26th at 6.30pm for a Zoom webinar Commemorating the Plight of Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran.

The main speaker will be Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz who will be doing an in-conversation with Steven Jaffe, NIFI.

Linda will be sharing her story going from a Jewish refugee from Iraq to being a consultant for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

To register: or email [email protected]

Zoom details will be sent in advance of the event.

Jewish Womens Aid Present ‘Lockdown Unmasked’ Hosted by Emma Barnett
Nov 26 @ 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Emma Barnett will be in conversation with bestselling author Noreena Hertz and Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs, as they discuss the impact of the pandemic on women experiencing domestic abuse.

Emma Barnett, broadcaster and journalist, is the new presenter of BBC Woman’s Hour from January. She also hosts the BBC’s flagship news programme Newsnight and is the author of the book: It’s About Bloody Time. Period. Which explodes myths about women’s health and pokes serious fun at menstrual taboos.

Noreena Hertz is a bestselling author and broadcaster. Her latest book The Lonely Century: Coming together in a World That’s Pulling Apart is out now. Named by The Observer as “one of the world’s leading thinkers” and by Vogue as “one of the world’s most inspiring women,” Noreena is a regular commentator in print and on television, and has appeared in publications and on TV all around the
world. Noreena has a PhD from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Nicole Jacobs, Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner, is driving improvements to transform the response to domestic abuse in England and Wales. She is energetically putting her 20 plus years of experience in domestic abuse policy and intervention to work. She is committed to championing victims and survivors of all ages, status, and backgrounds, and to shining a light on practices that fail them.

The Embassy of Israel Present the ‘Patria 80’ Memorial Webinar
Nov 29 @ 2:30 pm

This webinar is hosted by Rosie Ross (Repairing the Breach) and Anne Heelis (Nachamu Ami) on behalf of Love Never Fails.

The 25 November 2020 is the 80th anniversary of a tragic happening in Haifa harbour when a ship named “The Patria” capsized and sank in Haifa harbour with the loss of 200 Jewish refugees and 50 British soldiers and crew members.

The infamous British White Paper of 1939 seriously restricted Jewish immigration to their ancient homeland, Mandatory Palestine. A policy which was an utter betrayal of Britain’s responsibility to create a homeland for the Jewish people according to the terms of the British Mandate for Palestine enshrined in international law at San Remo in 1920 and subsequently endorsed unanimously by the League of Nations. The British authorities planned to discourage the flow of Jewish refugees who were desperately trying to escape Nazi Europe, by sending those who arrived in Haifa harbour on three ships in November 1940, to detention in Mauritius. The Jewish underground attempted to disable “The Patria” to prevent it sailing to Mauritius, but the bomb they placed on the ship blew a large hole in the side and she sank very quickly.

Please register at:

MJF and the British Muslim Heritage Centre Present ‘Combating Islamaphobia Together’
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm

Event Chair: June Rosen — Forum Executive Member


Mohammed Amin Forum Co-Chair — “Combating anti-Muslim hatred: the role of Law and Society.”

Cllr Heather Fletcher Forum Co-Chair — “The experience of Jews arriving in the UK 120 years ago, and similarities with the experience of Muslims today.”

Afzal Khan CBE, MP for Manchester Gorton — “My Parliamentary work on Islamophobia and what more the UK Government should do to combat Islamophobia.”

Maqsood Ahmad OBE, CEO British Muslim Heritage Centre — “What the BMHC has been doing to improve knowledge about Islam and Muslims in the wider community to prevent Islamophobia arising.”

Vote of Thanks: Jackie Harrison — Forum Executive Committee Member

You must register in advance using the link below:

The Jewish Representative Council and the Board of Deputies Remember the History and Culture of Mizrahi Jews
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm

‘Glory, Expulsion, Refuge and Renaissance’

An evening of intergenerational conversation, commemorating the past, celebrating the present, and contemplating the future of Mizrachi Jewry.

Featuring Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the Board of Deputies and an escapee from Iraq, in conversation with Journalist, Joseph Timan, a British born Iraqi Jew. Also featuring acclaimed London-based musician, Yoav Oved, who will inspire, educate and bring us together with traditional Mizrachi melodies from around the world.

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A Commemoration of the Plight of Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Embassy of Israel, and Harif to honour the annual day of commemoration of the plight of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Hear from our fascinating panel, featuring Edwin Shuker, Ben Dror Yemini and Rabbi Elie Abadie M.D, with a special welcome from Her Excellency Tzipi Hotovely.

Please register at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about the meeting.

The JRC, ZCC and Centre for Jewish Studies Present the 2020 Sherman Lecture
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm

The JRC, ZCC and Centre for Jewish Studies proudly present the 2020 Sherman Lecture –
‘Spades and Shovels: Louis Jacobs, Northern Grit and the Reshaping of British Jewry’

Speaker: Dr Miri Freud-Kandel, Fellow & Lecturer in Modern Judaism, Faculty of Theology and Religion,
University of Oxford

Greater Manchester BAME Covid-19 Mental Health Collaboration Dissemination Event
Dec 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, huge implications for mental health providers and the
individuals they support. Local services have seen a more significant needs; a higher proportion of
people are accessing services for the first time; and there are increased Mental Health presentations.

Alongside this increased demand, most services have had to move to remote provision of services in
response to the various lockdowns, social-distancing and COVID-secure requirements imposed as a
result of the pandemic. This remote provision brings its own challenges, not least in terms of digital
exclusion. As statutory services move to online provision, digital exclusion increasingly means all
exclusion from participation in civil society.

Since July 2020, six BAME voluntary sector mental health providers have been working together with
Greater Manchester mental health commissioners to quickly restore access to services to meet
mental health needs in a culturally competent manner. This includes befriending, mentoring,
counselling, therapy and information sharing for specific communities (African, Caribbean, South
Asian, Chinese, Jewish, Middle Eastern, some refugee communities) who have been
disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19. The digital and blended approaches outlined
have assisted with restoring and adapting services, but staff burnout and continued social distancing
mean this remains a major challenge. Based on our learning and outcomes, some providers have
seen an estimate of over 40% increase in demand across all our services.

This dissemination event, hosted by the six partners, is an opportunity to share
• What activities were undertaken
• How many people have received support?
• What support was provided
• How volunteers were trained to support the delivery
• How multi-agencies worked together via a seamless referral process and more.

Significant evidence of impact could be found in the interim report submitted to the GM Mental Health
Commissioners. Client feedback analysis show presenting and emerging issues which will be shared
together with some conclusions and recommendations.

Please come along and learn more by booking a place via
For further information please contact [email protected] or 07853 556591