MJCC welcomes interfaith guests for a kosher lunch

MAKING FRIENDS: At the Merseyside Jewish Community Care interfaith event are, from left: MJCC care co-ordinator Susan Goldenberg, John Sumner, of Bridge Chapel Centre, MJCC chief executive Lisa Dolan, MJCC care co-ordinator Anthea Simon, Sarfraz Ali, of the Pakistani Association, Cllr Jeremy Wolfson, Rabbi Natan Fagleman, Mayoral Lead Officer Joanne Kennedy and Cllr Barbara Murray

MERSEYSIDE Jewish Community Care held an interfaith event as part of its Monday Club this week.

The organisation welcomed visitors from Bridge Chapel Centre, the Pakistani Association and local councillors to enjoy a three-course kosher lunch.

MJCC care co-ordinator Susan Goldenberg said: “In this ever-changing world, it is important that we understand and appreciate each others’ cultures.

“In view of the current rise in antisemitism, it is all the more important that we practice tolerance in our fellow man.”

Susan delivered a brief background about the work that MJCC undertakes, explaining that the organisation offers many health and wellbeing clubs.

She added that MJCC is ably assisted by a large number of volunteers “without whom MJCC would not be able to run” the clubs.

Councillor Jeremy Wolfson, Mayoral Lead for Older People in South Liverpool, stated that each person in his role has three priorities to focus on.

“Mine are to combat social isolation, bridging intergenerational divide and dementia-friendly Liverpool,” he explained.

Cllr Wolfson was delighted with the event so “we can all build relationships, make new friends and tackle social isolation”.

Rabbi Natan Fagleman addressed the attendees explaining the importance of interfaith.

He stated that while community leaders of different faiths often get together, the members of different communities do not often have the chance to meet up.

“People from different faiths can become good friends and continue to learn from each other,” he further explained.

The event concluded with a questions and answers session before Rabbi Fagleman sang Tzaddik Katamar.

Also present were Cabinet member Cllr Barbara Murray, Mayoral Lead Officer Joanne Kennedy and Stephanie Brada, of the MJCC Board.

The next MJCC event will take place on Monday, February 11 with guest speaker Richie the Ranger.

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