'Great food and great company': Muslim Jewish Forum event at Prestwich venue

The Muslim Jewish Forum event at Celia’s Kitchen in Prestwich <i>(Image: Public)</i>
The Muslim Jewish Forum event at Celia’s Kitchen in Prestwich (Image: Public)

A Prestwich kitchen has been praised after a "successful" annual meal for the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester.

The Muslim Jewish Forum, which aims to bring people of both religions together to learn, held its annual kosher meal last week at Celia’s Kitchen on Kings Road.

The forum said they were "pleased to see so many new faces" this year.

Adil Navaid, a barrister and first-time Muslim attendee said he left "knowing a lot more" than he did before.

He said: “Thank you very much to the forum for a wonderful dinner, it was both great food and great company.

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“Every conversation was stimulating- I met some really interesting people from all backgrounds and walked away knowing a lot more than I did when I walked in.

“The forum clearly does really well in putting people together in a room and focusing on Muslims and Jews in Greater Manchester.”

After forming 18 years ago, the forum has organised many meals in kosher and Asian restaurants.

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The group welcomed the Bury mayor, Cllr Shaheena Haroon, said they always have a great turnout to the annual event and that this year was no exception.

June Rosen, a Jewish member of the Forum’s executive, said: "Another very successful event for the forum enjoying good food and great company together.

“A most enjoyable evening.”

Attendees praised Celia’s Kitchen and one woman added that she felt "comfortable" and "accepted".

Fatima Mahmood said: "The chilli beef at Celia's Kitchen was simply divine.

“I really enjoyed chatting with the Jewish women and learning about just how much we have in common.

“I felt very comfortable as a Muslim woman at the event as well as feeling understood and accepted which was good.”

The forum is planning several more events this year, including an iftar, the evening meal after a day of Ramadan fasting, at Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill in March.

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