Shalom, Salaam- An Imam and a Rabbi discuss Jewish-Muslim relations

Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS) are delighted to host the above event with Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) On Tuesday 26th November 2019, from 7.30pm

At MAAS we welcome the opportunity to work with such an active, open and thriving community as KLS, who are allies of ours in the fight against all forms of hate, including hate against Jews and Muslims.

The event, coming soon after the end of the 2019 Interfaith Week, will focus on Jewish-Muslim relations, in front of an audience of all faiths and none.

We are very fortunate to have as speakers two leading religious figures from the Jewish and Muslim communities who are experts on the subject: Dr Imam Mamadou Bocoum and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.

Their expertise is not solely academic, as for a number of years they have been crucial in bringing Jews and Muslims together.

Given their knowledge and passion, they are sure to have an incredibly interesting and wide-ranging discussion on various aspects of relations between Jews and Muslims in the UK today and audience members will have the chance to contribute through questions.

The two speakers are extremely comfortable in each other’s company. In recent years they have talked about the importance of Jewish and Muslim communities standing together as an important way of tackling hate and promoting an inclusive relationship based on tolerance and educating each other on their respective religious traditions.

Their work has not gone unnoticed. In 2017 they jointly receive the No2H8Crime Award for Intercultural Dialogue. You can see a clip of them receiving the award in the video below.

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Rabbi Wittenberg descends from a family of impressive rabbinical traditions going back several generations who lived in Germany and Eastern Europe.

A highly learned man, he has a literature degree from Cambridge University. He studied to become a Rabbi at Leo Baeck College in London and Jerusalem.

He has been the Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism for over 8 years and the Rabbi of New North London Synagogue for over 25 years.

He has written a number of books and has appeared on Thought for the Day on Radio.

He takes a keen interest in interfaith work and in October 2019 hosted MAAS’s inaugural Sukkot evening.

Dr Imam Bocoum

Dr Imam Bocoum was born in Senegal. He has lived in the UK for many years. 

He can speak a number of languages and has a degree in Arabic. This has helped him in his extensive travels throughout the world where there are significant Muslim populations.

He also has a degree in Islamic Studies and therefore was able to become an Imam in 2004.

Due to his passion for interfaith work he also obtained a master’s degree in the study of Abrahamic religions.

He is a Chaplain for Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMP) where he has played a key role in deradicalisation, which he is an expert on.

He is also an Interfaith Adviser to Register Our Marriage (ROM).

How you can get a ticket

Tickets are FREE and are going fast, so if you don’t want to miss out, please book via the Eventbrite link below, where you will also be able to contact the organisers if you have any questions. You will be given the venue for the event nearer the time if you book a ticket.

KLS and MAAS reserve the right to cancel any bookings before the event, based on security concerns arising from vetting.

If you have booked a ticket, but can no longer make the event, please inform us, so we can give your ticket to another person.


It will be fantastic to see many of you on Tuesday 26TH November 2019 from 7.30pm, as your presence will help make what is sure to be a good event, great!

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