Podcast 26: Fond Jewish memories of life in Arab lands.

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75 year- old Alica Shapira recently visited Bristol from Israel and was invited to visit the studios of Radio Salaam Shalom. In this ‘enhanced’ interview, listen as she tells us about life in Casablanca in the late thirties and forties through the eyes of a Jewish child.

Alica Shapira’s story portrays the ties of Muslim and Jewish culture reflected through custom, music, food and other aspects of daily life.

In Casablanca Alica Edri (her maiden name) lived a life of poverty whithin the walls of the Medina. She, her mother and father, brothers and sisters occupied one damp, dark room. Money was scarce and food was in short supply. At the age of six Alica began working to bring money home, but later conditions improved when she was employed as a live-in seamestress. In her new settings she spoke French, learnt a new trade, made new friends, and discovered the world of cinema… In 1951 she immigrated to Israel to begin her new life as an Israeli citizen. For the last 58 years, as a member of 3 different Kibbutzim in Israel, in a world apart from everything she new in Morocco, Alice never forgot her roots. These days, the Jewish Moroccan community is of a momentous significance in the Israeli society, but in the early 50’s in a Kibbutz in Israel, Alica found herself to be one of the only “sephardi” (Eastern Jew) in an Ashkenazi (European Jew) community. Brought up in an Arab culture until she was sixteen Alica was to discover that her “ways” were quite different from those of the other members of the kibbutz who predominantly originated from Europe. With the years, Alica integrated well into her new environment, but images of the streets of her childhood in Casablanca have never left her….

PODCAST 25 – INCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FEATURE: Interview with Ron Prosor

WE TALK TO RON PROSOR, ISRAEL’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED KINGDOM.

In the latest of our “Inclusive Exclusive” features, four of our Jewish and Muslim team were given an exclusive opportunity to spend time with a high-profile personality whose work puts him on the Jewish/Muslim radar.

Ambassador Prosor was in Bristol for a public speaking engagement with Bristol University’s International Affairs Society. (More on that here).

Listen to our inclusive team’s conversation with the Ambassador as we shared some exclusive time together in a (very noisy) city centre hotel conference room.

Podcast 23: The Abraham Nexus Show – FINALE!

Since our launch in early 2007, the co-hosting team of Javid Latif and Tal Lesham have been an integral part of our Muslim-Jewish programmes. Anyone listening to their show “The Abraham Nexus” would know that their conversations revealed a growing mutual respect for and awareness of their own – and each other’s – opinions, ideas and values.

Before Tal headed off for pastures new (ISLANDS new, actually), he and Javid joined up for one last recording session in the Radio Salaam Shalom studios.

Joined by several of their colleagues, Tal and Javed look back on their time together as “Abraham Nexus” co-presenters. In this show, they also featured an interview with a leading dietary specialist who looked at the issues of Diabetes during Ramadhan, discovered the thought-provoking ideas of Turkish Muslim thinker Adnan Oktar/Harun Yahya, and shared the stories of the Jewish-Palestinian Change Night hosted by Libby and Len Traubman’ Living Room Dialogues group in California.

We wish Tal all the best in his new island home – we’re sure Javid’s already booked his beach trip too.