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Passover 2021: Charoset filled Samosas for dinner!

2021-05-06T11:06:50+01:00

On March 22nd over thirty Jewish and Muslim women gathered together to learn about Passover and its festive food traditions! Of course, in this case too we had to stick with the online format, but we still had a lot of fun.

Rabbi Hannah Kingston, from Alyth Synagogue, will talk us through the role of food during Passover.                                                                                                                                        Stacey Friedman, co-chair of the new Nisa-Nashim North Manchester group led the cooking and used an Indian charoset recipe to demonstrate the wide variety of traditions surrounding the festival. 

Whilst some women then sealed their charoset away for seder night, others were more inventive, baking it into braided fruit bread or even producing charoset filled samosas.
We believe that a charoset filled samosa just epitomised the joy of togetherness at Passover! They even published articles about it!

Check out the video of this wonderful event.

And here is the recipe of the delicious charoset!

And here is what we cooked with it….

Passover 2021: Charoset filled Samosas for dinner!2021-05-06T11:06:50+01:00

Ramadan: Fasting and Culture

2021-04-27T11:31:08+01:00

On April 8th, we celebrated Ramadan together!

Because of the lockdown, many of us have learned to appreciate the fine art of cooking in the past year and, considering that fasting and reflections around food play a central role in the celebration of Ramadan, we decided to bring the two things together in an evening filled with depth and fun!

Salma Hamid, co-chair of the Nisa-Nashim West Midlands group showed us how to cook Parathas, while Kalsoom Bashir, Muslim Chaplain and safeguarding officer at Avonand Somerset police, talked us through the role of fasting during Ramadan.

Muslim Nisa-Nashim co-chairs also shared family favourites, personal traditions and reflection on what Ramadan means to them. 

Want to check out how the evening went? Here is the video!

Also, if you would like a paratha’s recipe, here is ours! 

Ramadan: Fasting and Culture2021-04-27T11:31:08+01:00

International Women’s Day Coffee Morning!

2021-03-11T14:28:49+00:00

On Monday March 8th,  we hosted a Nisa-Nashim coffee morning, between 10am and 11am!

It was a lovely catch up, where we shared ideas and explored one of the most relevant topics today: Covid19 Vaccinations and its challenges.
We were joined by two doctors, Anna Varela-Raynes and Sara Saigol, who answered all our questions and offered very interesting insights on how their own communities are reacting to the Covid19 vaccinations.


We also decided to join this years’ International Women Day campaign: #ChoosetoChallenge.
We, at Nisa-Nashim, choose to challenge stereotypes, prejudice and social biases every single day, because we really believe that from challenge comes change. Check out this little video where some of our wonderful women tell you what they are choosing to challenge!


International Women’s Day Coffee Morning!2021-03-11T14:28:49+00:00

Chanukah 2020: Light the candles with us!

2020-12-16T16:46:10+00:00

Nisa-Nashim is lighting the Menorah this year!

For Chanukah 2020 some of our wonderful co-chairs and trustees are getting ‘virtually’ together to light the Menorah. Check out our videos and light the candles with us.

 

Chanukah Day 1: Laura and Julie

Chanukah Day 2: Miriam and Ahmereen

Chanukah Day 3: Hifsa and Denise

Chanukah Day 4: Doreen and Rukhsana

Chanukah Day 5: George and Farah

Chanukah Day 6: Liz and Rachel

Chanukah Day 7: Ruth and Salma

We would also like to wish everyone a Chanukah filled with light, the cozy and comforting one that can warm our hearts. Chag Sameach!

Chanukah 2020: Light the candles with us!2020-12-16T16:46:10+00:00

First Nisa-Nashim Scriptural Reasoning Event: November 2020

2020-11-25T20:13:13+00:00

On Tuesday November 4th, we hosted our first Scriptural Reasoning Event!

We explored the concept of Gratitude in our Holy Scriptures, delving deeper into our religious texts and reflecting upon different interpretations of what ‘Gratitude’  means across faith boundaries.

Here are the texts we used for the session:

 

We were lucky enough to have Dr Lindsay Simmonds and Nadiya Takolia facilitating the sessions and walking many of our women through their first experience with Scriptural Reasoning. Check out their bios: 

First Nisa-Nashim Scriptural Reasoning Event: November 20202020-11-25T20:13:13+00:00

First Nisa-Nashim Scriptural Reasoning Event: November 2020

2020-11-10T16:17:48+00:00

On Tuesday November 4th, we hosted our first Scriptural Reasoning Event!

We explored the concept of Gratitude in our Holy Scriptures, delving deeper into our religious texts and reflecting upon different interpretations of what ‘Gratitude’  means across faith boundaries.

Here are the texts we used for the session:

 

We were lucky enough to have Dr Lindsay Simmonds and Nadiya Takolia facilitating the sessions and walking many of our women through their first experience with Scriptural Reasoning. Check out their bios: 

First Nisa-Nashim Scriptural Reasoning Event: November 20202020-11-10T16:17:48+00:00

The Unique role of Pilgrimage in Judaism and Islam

2020-11-04T22:23:01+00:00

In July we hosted an event on Zoom where we discussed ‘The Unique Role of Pilgrimage in Islam and Judaism’. Over 70 women from around the country joined us to learn more about Hajj and pilgrimages in Judaism, and they heard the Quran and the Torah recited so beautifully side by side 

This was a great opportunity to learn why the concept of pilgrimage is so relevant in our faiths.

Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, PhD in anthropology and Teaching Fellow at London School of Jewish Studies, chanted a passage from the Torah for us.

Dr. Amina Begum introduced us to the concept of Taqwa. 

Hifsa, Nisa-Nashim Chair of the Board, and Fahmeeda, Nisa-Nashim Dosti
co-chair, shared with everyone . their personal experiences when performing Hajj.

The Unique role of Pilgrimage in Judaism and Islam2020-11-04T22:23:01+00:00

Leaving Hate Behind: An exclusive virtual evening with former white supremacist Lauren Manning

2020-11-10T15:43:57+00:00

Nisa-Nashim were thrilled to be able to host an interview with Lauren Manning, a former member of the Neo-nazi white supremacist group Blood and Honour. Lauren spoke about her struggle to leave the group and how she now dedicates her time to helping others break away from such a destructive lifestyle.

Jemma from Hope not Hate joined us as well and introduced us to the world of the Far Right. Check out the recording if you would like to listen to this fascinating story!

Laure Manning spoke about her remarkable transformation from a convinced white supremacist to a supporter of Jewish and Muslim women and this very fascinating story attracted a lot of media attention.

Check out some of the articles:

 

 

 

Leaving Hate Behind: An exclusive virtual evening with former white supremacist Lauren Manning2020-11-10T15:43:57+00:00