Activities arranged by UKFBFF in 2008

September 2008
Programme for Aaron Barnea and Mazen Faraj

Pic of Barnea + Faraj
Above: Judith Elkan, Chair of FBFF, with Aaron Barnea and Mazen Faraj from the Forum, at an interfaith gathering at LJS.

12 September 2008
Friday night dinner at Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg’s home.
13 September 2008
Aaron and Mazen at Alyth Synagogue address congregation at North Western Reform Synagogue.
14 September 2008
Welcome for Aaron and Mazen at Judith Elkan’s home, with members of Steering Committee and Friends of FBFF.
14 September 2008
Reconciliation with the Other. New North London Synagogue. Showing of ‘Behind the Intentions’, a film about the making of the drama series ‘Good Intentions’ that has been running on prime-time Israeli TV. Followed by discussion with Aaron Barnea and Mazen Faraj from the Bereaved Families Forum.
15 September 2008
‘Behind the Intentions’ (see above). Southgate and District Reform Synagogue.
16 September 2008
Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood.
Conflict and Reconciliation: an interfaith meeting with members of the Parents Circle- Families Forum.
Showing of ‘Behind the Intentions’ followed by discussion with Aaron Barnea and Mazen Faraj.
16 September 2008
Beaufort – The Tragedy of War. Screening of this powerful Oscar-nominated film, followed by discussion with Aaron Barnea, one of the leading members of the PCFF, and father of one of the soldiers who died in the Beaufort mission and whose story is featured in the film. Edgware and District Reform Synagogue.
17 September 2008
Screening of Beaufort at New North London Synagogue.
June-July 2008
The last visit to the UK by members of the Parents Circle-Families Forum included a number of high-profile events and generated a great deal of interest and support for the Forum. Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj were guests of the Movement for Reform Judaism, addressed its biennial conference and received a standing ovation. In the course of this trip they met separately the Israeli and the Palestinian ambassadors to the UK, who were interested in exploring the possibility of joint future support for the Forum. Other meetings included a talk at Southwark Cathedral to 50 religious leaders; a private meeting with leaders and members of the Palestinian community in London; a talk to 150 pupils at Haberdashers’ School for Girls; and a talk to young interfaith activists at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation.