Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has led a delegation to Greece to visit one of the country’s largest refugee camps and to see the aid effort being carried out by World Jewish Relief.
He and four other United Synagogue rabbis spent Thursday at the camp on Greece’s northern border, where up to 10,000 refugees a day make the crossing into Macedonia.
Rabbi Mirvis said: "I've met people whose lives are literally on the line.
"Speaking to refugees has made me see the trauma people face could be eased if Europe would sufficiently invest in the hundreds of thousands who are in need."
He said he had wanted to take a delegation from the United Synagogue to see the work the Anglo-Jewish community has already helped to fund, and show refugees that the community "is serious about responding to the crisis in a big way".
He said: “I'm enormously proud of the response of the community.
"Thanks to WJR, our community is helping to provide life saving initiatives.
"I connected today with refugees from Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Eritrea who are all fleeing from persecution and danger.
"Every human soul is precious and it is central to our Jewish ethos for us to reach out and assist whoever we can."Source
From the Jewish Chronicle a few days ago, an article written by Sheikh Sayed Abbas Razawi:
Whether it be the support rabbis and imams offered one another following the attacks in France, joint defences of kosher and halal meat, or the combined grassroots social action planned for this year's Mitzvah Day, our two faiths are working side by side and, more importantly, learning how to trust again.
Jews and Muslims share a common heritage - a common ethical foundation underpinning our faiths that finds root in Abraham. Much of our theology overlaps. We have the same belief in God and prophecy. Approximately 90 per cent of Islamic law has evolved from Jewish law. Essentially, Jews and Muslims have a lot more in common to bring them together than that which divides them.Source