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Sunday 3 October 2021 14:30-16:30 - 15th Anniversary Celebration

The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester was inspired by a public meeting in Manchester Town Hall in August 2004 convened by then Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Afzal Khan and the late Henry Guterman MBE, Past President of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region. Our official date of commencement is 14 June 2005, the date on which we were incorporated by Companies House.

We will be celebrating our 15th Anniversary with an afternoon tea and a glittering array of speakers. The details are below.


Swinton Masonic Hall, Hospital Road, Pendlebury, M27 4EY.


14:30 Starting time.

15:00 Speeches commence.

16:30 Conclusion of event.


  • Cllr Tommy Judge – Lord Mayor of Manchester
  • Elinor Chohan MBE DL – Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. Chair, Remembering Srebrenica North West Regional Board
  • Russell Conn – President, Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region
  • Diane Hawkins JP DL – High Sheriff of Greater Manchester
  • Cllr John Mullen – Ceremonial Mayor of Salford
  • Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen – Principal Rabbi, Manchester Reform Synagogue
  • Afzal Khan CBE, MP for Manchester Gorton


The food will be served in individual pre-prepared boxes for hygiene reasons. Each box will include the following.

  • Starter: mini quiches + fritata squares
  • Sandwiches: egg & cress with mayonnaise, tuna & sweetcorn, cream cheese & smoked salmon
  • Desserts: luscious lemon drizzle cake, white rocky roads with cranberries, millionaire shortbread triangles, fresh scone with cream & jam, grapes and a strawberry

Tea and coffee will be provided, but not in the boxes!

Certified kosher food (under the Manchester Beth Din), or vegetarian food, or vegan food, will be provided for those who request it in advance.

Dress code

Smart casual or lounge suits for men, equivalent for women, or national costume.



We have 80 places available in total. These will be allocated by giving preference to those who have most actively supported our events in the past.

To apply for a place, please email by the end of Tuesday 21 September. Your place will be confirmed by email, subject to the overall limit above, on or shortly after that date.



With the help of our sponsors, we have made this event free to attend.

However, we want to avoid any “no shows” meaning that someone else has been denied a place or food wasted.

The final date for notifying withdrawals is 18:00 on Thursday 23 September. If you withdraw after that date, or are a “no show”, we stipulate a donation of £25 to Forum funds. This is a condition for accepting a free place.


Wednesday 6 October 2021 19:30 - Annual General Meeting

The Forum's AGM will be held online using Zoom. The formal notice of meeting has been sent to our full mailing list, both members and others, along with the documents listed below.

  1. The minutes of the 2020 AGM.
  2. The Directors Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2021.
  3. A self-nomination form if you wish to nominate yourself for election to the Executive Committee.
  4. The notice of meeting is also attached as a Word document, since it contains the proxy form for those who wish to appoint a proxy.

We expect the meeting to be relatively short but do need a good attendance as at least 10 members of the Forum to attend to ensure a quorum.

While only members can vote, we welcome attendance by non-members.

For convenience the registration link is reproduced below.

Sunday 14 November 2021 19:00 – The languages of Manchester’s Muslims and Jews

Greater Manchester is a very diverse place, where many languages are spoken. That diversity extends to Greater Manchester’s Muslims and Jews, who have a very wide range of languages as either their first or second language.

Yaron Matras served as Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester until 2020 and is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester and Honorary Professor at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. As the link to his Manchester University page shows, he is an expert on language and society.

After briefly covering the wide diversity of languages spoken in Greater Manchester generally, he will focus on the languages of GM’s Muslims and Jews.

His talk will be followed by short contributions from two Jewish speakers and two Muslim speakers about their personal linguistic journey through life.

This event will be held on Zoom. It is free to attend but you must book via the Zoom link below.

As with all our Zoom events, it will be recorded, but we only publish the official speakers on our website.

Our event date was chosen to coincide with Inter Faith Week 2021 which aims to:

Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

The Muslim Jewish Forum promotes the work of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and vice versa.

Foundation for Ethnic Understanding logo with link to website



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