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We are growing our relationship with Sufra-NW London, a community food bank and kitchen, based in Stonebridge Park in the London Borough of Brent, which aims to support disadvantaged families suffering food poverty.   Some of Sufra’s guests are asylum seekers, some suffer from poverty despite working long hours and others are plagued by either or both physical and emotional difficulties.  Sufra’s multi-faith staff and volunteers offer guests a safe haven; meals, food parcels, practical advice and referrals and emotional support.  There are fully certified and effective job training programmes and an ethos of guests trained to becoming helpful volunteers, too.   I have been consistently impressed by the high calibre of the small army of committed teenaged volunteers; energetic, intelligent, caring and imbued with humour and a love of life.

During the last year on a bi-monthly basis, together with a few Mosaic congregants, I have joined Sufra’s Friday evening dinners.  We light candles and converse with the other guests, some of whom are deeply troubled and very lonely.  For this mitzvah of simply offering dignity to our fellow human beings, Sufra awarded our community a certificate recognizing our involvement.  This happened in March, at a special event on the occasion of the charity’s fifth anniversary.   Finally, I should also mention that this week Cathy and I are subsisting on a typical food parcel –that we purchased from Sufra– in order to experience more fully what is provided to needy households.–Rabbi Dr Frank Dabba Smith

May 24, 2018

Faith training for Brent police

Pictured are Rabbi Frank, Imam Abdul Sattar and Sohail Ahmed with officers from Brent Police at the most recent Police faith awareness training session organised jointly by Mosaic and Wembley Central Mosque.

May 16, 2017

EcoPeace May Newsletter

The Environmental Peacebuilding May Newsletter has been published. You can view the Newsletter here

May 3, 2017

EcoPeace-Middle East

Mosaic members joined with other faiths to prepare for Pesach, Easter and Ramadan, hearing from faith leaders of the three faiths (Aisha Khan, Frank Dabba Smith and Leão Neto), the Jordanian and Israeli directors of EcoPeace, and the Mayor of Brent. Continue reading

April 5, 2017

Solidarity with faith Communities and the Metropolitan Police

One day after the tragic and violent incident in Westminster, faith leaders and the Borough of Brent Police Commander met at the Wembley Central Mosque to express solidarity and mutual support.  Their reassuring message of unity and resilience was received warmly by the worshippers at the Mosque and the Metropolitan Police representatives.

Left to right:  Sohail Ahmed (Wembley Central Mosque Committee), Borough of Brent Police Commander Mickey Gallagher, Reverend Andrew Teather (St Matthews, Harlesden), Imam Abdul Sattar (Wembley Central Mosque)  and Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith (Mosaic Liberal Synagogue).

March 24, 2017

World Jewish Relief East Africa Appeal

Across East Africa, 16 million people need immediate food assistance. Hundreds of people have already died of starvation.

Drought and poor rains have decimated harvests leaving millions of children malnourished and in need of urgent food and medical support.

Donations can be made to World Jewish Relief’s East Africa Food Crisis appeal

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March 16, 2017

Lest we forget

A message from Ahmed and Mosaic Liberal’s retired Rabbi Harry Jacobi

February 5, 2017

Focus on the plight of Jungle refugees on Mitzvah Day

karen1Mosaic  Reform member Karen Pollak spoke about the plight of refugees at the Jungle in Calais after volunteering, with her daughter Mia,before it officially closed.

They were based at the Refugee Community kitchen on an industrial estate. As well as cooking for thousands of refugees – ” I don’t think I’ve peeled as much garlic in my life” – she also chopped wood, used as fuel to cook with. She spoke about their ordeal  to the Mosaic Community at Bessborough Road on Sunday (27) Mitzvah day.

A clothes collection was run at the synagogue during the day for the refugees and youngsters made up gift packs of art and crafts for the children at the Jungle.

karen3 Members also helped Harrow Nature Conservation Forum at Stanmore Common and HaMakom planted bulbs which will be given to visitors to the Friendship Club.

December 1, 2016

Mitzvah Day 2016 – Sufra

q1002122In the run up to Mitzvah day and as part of interfaith week, Mosaic members joined with local muslims, and Hindus from Neasden temple to prepare over a hundred meals at the Sufra food bank in Stonebridge Park on Thursday.

 

 

November 24, 2016

We welcome Jordan mayor on first visit to UK

p1007233Mosaic Liberal Synagogue and the Wembley Central Mosque jointly welcomed the Mayor of Deir Alla in Jordan, Khalifeh Ad-Dayyat, on his first visit to the UK.

The shared activities included discussions held at the Shabbat morning service held on 17th September and at the Wembley Central Masjid on the following evening. There was also a productive meeting with the Mayor of Brent, Parvez Ahmed, at Brent Civic Centre.

The emphasis at all events was the building of  bridges between communities and cultures to create an atmosphere of inclusion, respect, and peace.  While in London, Mayor ad-Dayyat also visited Parliament and water treatment facilities. The cooperative efforts of EcoPeace-Middle East to obtain water-justice and cross-border cooperation in the region were also strongly acknowledged

Mayor ad-Dayyat was hosted by Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith and his family at their home.

October 14, 2016