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: Hosseinieh Foundation

The Hosseinieh Foundation – is the only Shia Mosque which represents the Shia Muslim community in Bristol, UK. Situated in a former Church the Mosque only opens for prayer on a Friday lunchtime but is used by the Shia community at weekends for a wide variety of social events.

The aim of the Mosque is to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Bristol, UK by advancing education and providing facilities in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the condition of life for the said inhabitants. The Mosque holds 150 men and 200 women. This is the only Mosque that allows female PCSOs into the Mosque during prayers. Continue reading

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

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 19 SPECIAL FEATURE: Jews in Bristol – the book

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A ‘Special Feature’ presented by volunteer presenters Lisa Saffron and Madge Dresser.

Today in Bristol, there’s a Muslim population of around 30 000, most of them relatively recent arrivals to the city, having arrived over the last 50 years. This compares to a considerably smaller Jewish community of something around 1 000 alongside them in a city which is home to two synagogues and around a dozen mosques . (Click on these links for online tours of some of these local buildings from the local BBC website).

Not many people know the history of these communities here and very few realise that there’s a millenium’s worth of Jewish presence on the banks of the Avon River.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE:

Podcast 15: Roots of Hatred [Part1]

Roots of Hatred [Part1], presented by volunteer presenters Valerie Emmott, Danyal Laskar and Madge Dresser.

>This year’s Cannes Film Festival premiered with Up, an innovative 3d animated film using new technologies which will lie at the foundation of future cinema. However, the film which won the prestigious Golden Palm award was a completely different experience. Made in black and white, The White Ribbon (German: Das weiße Band) takes audiences right back in time to pre First World War Germany. Director Michael Haneke says the film is about “the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature.” It explores the origins of the fascism that would lead to the rise of the Nazis many years later and the slow ferment of racial and cultural hatreds that led to the Third Reich’s Holocaust.

With this in mind, presenters Danyal, Valerie and Madge are introducing a new series of regular podcasts looking at The Roots Of Hatred. What lessons should we look for from the past when trying to understand and counter today’s alarming rise in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic sentiments? How does a more mutual, shared future grow from where we’ve come from in our societies?

Podcast 6: Dove

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim friends! In this drama-centred podcast, Lisa Saffron interviews playwright Sheila Yeger about her newest work, Dove.

Dove is a short play with a message of peace. It’s set nowhere in particular but relevant everywhere.

Available as part of this podcast as a rehearsed reading, it was recorded at Radio Salaam Shalom and was directed by Roger Stennett with the part of ‘Joe’ played by Vincenzo Pellegrino, ‘Hanne’ played by Pameli Benham and ‘Meg’ Whelan as Salma.