Jewish and Muslim friends team up to advise firms on inclusion
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Jewish and Muslim friends team up to advise firms on inclusion

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Julie Siddiqi will assist companies with managing people of faith.

Laura Janner-Klausner, the Senior Rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism from 2011-20, has launched the joint venture Clarity Partnership with Julie Siddiqi, a former director of the Islamic Society of Britain (Jewish News)
Laura Janner-Klausner, the Senior Rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism from 2011-20, has launched the joint venture Clarity Partnership with Julie Siddiqi, a former director of the Islamic Society of Britain (Jewish News)

Two female leaders from the worlds of Islam and Judaism say their ten-year friendship and collaboration on interfaith issues has led to a business partnership whereby they now offer to advise companies on managing people of faith.

Bromley Reform Synagogue’s Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, who was senior rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism from 2011 to 2020, has launched the joint venture Clarity Partnership with Julie Siddiqi, a former director of the Islamic Society of Britain who founded the Sadaqa Day charity, which promotes a day of social action mirroring the principles of Mitzvah Day.

The duo said there was a growing need to help business leaders “navigate issues of faith and inclusion” and to “train them to understand how these impact their work”.

Although the initiative is in its infancy, the pair have already trained leaders in firms such as accounting giant KPMG as well as Innocent Drinks, as Janner-Klausner recognised a moral obligation to ensure that workplace differences were respected.

“We can no longer stand on the side whilst good people are mistreated, either on purpose, or mostly, unintentionally,” she said. “It is time to bring our voices and our experiences to the workplace.”

Julie added: “This work is so important. It is good to work with leaders who are willing to be brave and confront these issues head-on.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments