SHAFAQNA -Â A new joint effort by Jews and Muslims in Nottingham, England, called theÂ Salaam Shalom Kitchen, is working to help feed the needy with a soup kitchen.
You remember Nottingham, donâ€™t you? It is where Robin Hood lived and where he stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Now Jews and Muslims have come together there for a new kind of redistribution of wealth.
Salaam Shalom kitchen (SASH) is a joint enterprise lead by the Nottingham Liberal Synagogue and the Muslim charityÂ Himmah aimed at providing a safe place where members of the public who are struggling can go and obtain a free meal. It meets every Wednesday at The Bridge Centre in Hyson Green, Nottingham.
Himmah co-founder Sajid Mohammed told the Nottingham Post in a recent interview that SaSh was also about addressing other social issues.
â€œIn the last 12 months weâ€™ve seen a rise in Islamophobia and anti-Semitism,â€ he said. â€œNottingham for the most part has been quite sheltered but we felt that now is the right moment to give hope and demonstrate our communitiesâ€™ values of compassion, dignity and care to others.â€
John Youens, a member of the Nottingham Liberal Synagogueâ€™s steering committee, added, â€œThis is for access to anyone â€“ they donâ€™t have to be Jewish, they donâ€™t have to be Muslim, they donâ€™t have to be anything. This is open to anyone who needs access to it in the community.â€