A British Jewish group will hire a Muslim adviser to develop religious and cultural sensitivity programs.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews took the step as part of the Shared Futures project, which aims to promote respect for diversity and deepen understanding between communities and schools through a range of programs for Jewish and Muslim schools. The programs will enable interaction between Jewish and Muslim students through participation in hands-on projects.
The Shared Futures program will help Britain’s 120 Jewish schools comply with government requirements on promoting community cohesion in state-funded religious schools.
There are more than 130 Muslim schools in Britain, as well as Hindu, Sikh and Greek Orthodox Schools. The project also hopes to involve the 2,500 Roman Catholic schools throughout Britain.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews is the first organization in Britain to launch a program that will engage with all faith groups.