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Chief Rabbi joins Sadiq Khan and Archbishop to break Ramadan fast

Jewish and Christian leaders joined over 100 young people and the London mayor for an interfaith Iftar meal

Jack Mendel is the former Online Editor at the Jewish News.

Chief Rabbi (front, right) with London Mayor Sadiq (centre)  Khan and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (left), join people of all faiths at an interfaith Ramadan event in June 2016
Chief Rabbi (front, right) with London Mayor Sadiq (centre) Khan and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (left), join people of all faiths at an interfaith Ramadan event in June 2016

Faith leaders came together with London’s mayor Sadiq Khan to break fast for the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and over 100 young people from across different communities attended the event hosted at Lambeth Palace by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby,

Sadiq Khan posted on Twitter that the event was “bringing together young Londoners of all faiths”, whilst Welby tweeted it was a “wonderful evening with 100 youth leaders, friendships as God’s good gift.”

Ramadan requires Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset, with an evening meal – an iftar – at the end of each fast day.

Interfaith Iftars have been held over the last few years to promote stronger community relations, and educate people about different faiths.

London’s mayor broke his Ramadan Fast at Finchley Reform Synagogue on Sunday Night. During the event, the London Mayor voiced his worry about the impact of Brexit on community relations, citing the “groundswell of people who feel vulnerable and frightened”, in an interview with Jewish News.

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