Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Commemoration

Friday 25 January 2019
1:30pm-4:45pm 

City Hall, Bristol
Full wheelchair access, Loop and BSL interpreters

Speakers include Holocaust survivor Iby KnillCouncillor Asher Craig, and HM Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE.

For more information please download a PDF brochure of the day here.

“Semites” at Bristol’s Loco Klub 6 – 10 November 2018

“Semites” at Bristol’s Loco Klub
[in the vaults under Bristol Temple Meads Station]
6 – 10 November 2018

Bristol’s Muslim-Jewish charity, Salaam Shalom, and local actor Ben Nathan, are set to bring a new theatre production to the City (6-10 Nov), hot on the heels of its London premier (30 Oct-3 Nov).

“Semites” is the culmination of three years’ research and interviews on location in Israel and Palestine by creator and Executive Producer, Ben.  Interviewees included students, farmers, yoga practitioners, lawyers, engineers, journalists, peace activists, settlers, combatants.

Ben heard stories from those who are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, secular, orthodox, settler, ideological, military and political, on both sides of the Israel/Palestine Green Line. Using family and friends in the region, and his familiarity with life on the ground, he gained the commitment and trust of these individuals, groups and organisations. Now those stories will be told in a ‘verbatim’ theatre production with Ben acting alongside Lara Sawalha.

The name was conceived because Palestinians and Israelis have one indisputable thing in common: they are all Semites. “Semites”, directed by London-based Daniel Goldman, “explores the challenges of living an ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances, of having dialogue with ‘the other’, of loss and hope, of staying alive. In a world of echo chambers, fake news and fear.”  According to Producer, Arsalan Sattari: “Audiences are invited to leave their preconceptions at the door, and open their eyes, ears and heart”.

As well as the production itself, Salaam Shalom plans to work with members of the production team to deliver workshops, based around the topic of dialogue, to community organisations and schools in London and the South West.

For Ben Nathan: “Using the interviewees’ words, verbatim, I want to encourage insightful discourse on this complex subject.  This rarely happens because of our often linear and simplistic view of the conflict. By presenting genuine, human experiences from those living this story, I want to challenge polarised perspectives and encourage audiences to reflect and re-examine what they thought they knew.”

Martin Vegoda, Chair of Salaam Shalom: “We’ve been delighted to support Ben’s concept of workshops around a verbatim theatre performance.  Using Israeli and Palestinian voices telling their own story fits us perfectly.  Over the past 12 years Salaam Shalom has offered arts and media activities which enable people from different cultural backgrounds to learn more about each other and challenge their not always valid perceptions.”

“Semites” website is www.semites.one    To book at the Loco Klub, go to www.locobristol.com

Invest in Peace

Bristol Hebrew Congregation, together with the Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation and Clifton Cathedral, invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian.

Jews, Christians and people of all faiths and none, are invited to this free interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides.

Date: Wednesday 31st October

Time: 6:30pm – Doors open and refreshments served

7:00pm – Event begins

Venue: A Bristol location. Full address will be sent to registered attendees via Eventbrite.

Ticketing website: PeaceBristol.eventbrite.co.uk

Enquiries: 020 7543 5407

Shared Spaces Arts Festival 2016

Salaam Shalom is delighted to announce the launch of
Shared Spaces Festival
19th May- 3rd July 2016 across the city of Bristol.

Our unique programme of visual art, performance and interaction, centres around an extraordinary exhibition of contemporary art by British Muslim and Jewish Artists. The exhibition itself is the 3rd of June to the 3rd of July 2016 but the accompanying programme of creative events and workshops kicks off from the 19th of May!

We hope you will be able to join us over the next couple of months… Highlights include the Live Night, with eight Muslim and Jewish award winning spoken-word artists, poets and musicians from Bristol and beyond. And the launch evening of Shared Spaces Art Exhibition, bringing together the works of 13 Muslim and Jewish British Artists, including a very special Muslim-Jewish collaboration especially for Shared Spaces.

If we’ve captured your interest, please take a look at the programme visit www.sharedspacesfestival.co.uk Made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council.

FREE Exhibition: 
Shared Spaces Muslim and Jewish contemporary British Art Exhibition.

FREE Exhibition:
(Re)collecting Muslim and Jewish Bristol in the Archives Exhibition

FREE Pre-Show Talk:
‘The World of Marc Chagall’ (Bristol Old Vic)

FREE Ladies Henna Event

FREE Dialogue Feast

Film Screenings and talks:
Lawrence of Arabia and Theeb (Bristol Festival of Ideas)

Film screening of ‘Arranged’ and ‘Shoah’ (Watershed)

FREE Creative Workshops for adults, children and young people

FREE Mapping Muslim and Jewish Bristol -Tell Your Stories

Bristol Festival of Ideas Talk ‘Free Speech’

Please help us promote this festival!

If you can show your support for this project through a donation, it would be gratefully received. https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/10247

 

Salaam Shalom
www.salaamshalom.org.uk
DIALOGUE MEDIA EDUCATION ARTS

Registered Charity # 1121252

Religion as a Survival Mechanism

René Girard
RELIGION AND THE MECHANISMS OF VIOLENCE

Dr Richard Johnson, lecturer in Religious Studies for the Open University, will talk to us about Religion as a Survival Mechanism: The influential theory of René Girard on the evolutionary role of religion in containing and regulating human desire and violence.

Monday, the 8th February
7.15pm for 7.30pm

Bristol University Multi-faith Chaplaincy
Woodland Rd.
BS8 1AU

Contribution of £3.00 for room hire, refreshments, etc. (£2.00 for National CCJ members)

Presented by The Council for Christian and Jews, Avon Branch

Diverse Doors Open Day

The next Open Day at Park Row will be the ‘Diverse Doors Open Day’ on Sunday 28 February 2016.

Organised by the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum and hosted by members of our community, this will be an opportunity to visit our beautiful synagogue, and find out more about the building, the history of Jews in Bristol and England, and our services, practices and beliefs.

We will be open to the public from 11am-4pm.

Click to view the event leaflet.