What’s in a word..?

Peter Brill writes… (click here to read his full post)

The old phrases “sticks and stones…” and “what’s in a name?” has never been more relevant than in the current debate about the use of the “Y-Word” at football grounds.

OK, let me declare a couple of interests right up front. I’m a West Ham season ticket holder and I’m Jewish.

The two are not mutually exclusive, nor do they seem particularly connected. However, the current media and public debate about David and Ivor Baddiel’s short film – “The Y-Word” is focusing the minds of many football fans and members of the Jewish community.

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Podcast: BBC Radio 4 Documentary

In this Podcast, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 – Gerry Northam reports from Radio Salaam Shalom, here he talks to it’s volunteers and hears about how this unique online radio station launched in Bristol in February 2007. In this 30 minute documentary, he explores the reasons behind this unique project. Continue reading

Podcast 5: Shabs and P Show

Peter Brill and Shabana Kausar bring you the latest Muslim and Jewish news. This programme includes:

* contributions from the USA as Libby and Len Traubman’s ‘Living Room Dialogues’ share 6 stories of Muslim and Jewish co-operation from all around the world.

* Radio Salaam Shalom were at the mid-year launch of the UK Friends of the Abraham Foundation Initiatives (TAFI-UK) in London where the the local team outlined exciting plans to extend the profile of the inspiring work carried out by their Israel-based parent organisation. TAFI-UK Chairman Lawrence Kaye tells us more about what’s ahead.

* In ‘Stages’, Victoria Feltham talks about comedy musical duo GOOD FOR THE JEWS and gives a preview of a forthcoming tour from the UK’s leading Muslim-Jewish-Christian jazz collective, the Berakah Project. ‘

* Crossing Cultures’ co-presenters Kalsoom and Naomi share thoughts on the meaning of empathy with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a world authority in autism and professor of Psychopathology at Cambridge University.

* In the first part of an interview with holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein tells Peter Brill about how she was saved from the concentration camps as a young girl and escaped to start a new life away from the horrors of wartime Europe before experiencing the postwar realities for Jews and their new neighbours in the Middle East.

* Plus, DJ Phoenix and sidekick ‘Natural Bliss’ are ‘Kickin’ It Back’ with their take on the recent US elections and a look at how it connects with Jewish and Muslim communities in the US and around the world.