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On September 8, at the Jewish Museum in London, practitioners of different faith traditions came together for the World Jamboree, a night of interfaith music, food and art supported by members of SGI-UK in North West London. The event was held in aid of Health Poverty Action's (HPA) maternal health clinics in Myanmar and other parts of the world. HPA is a UK registered charity that works internationally to support poor and marginalized people in their struggle for health.
In her opening speech, SGI-UK member Beverley Andrews, who started the World Jamboree in 2012, stated that the ethos behind it was to demonstrate that people from diverse faiths can unite for a common purpose. Faith leaders, including Rabbi Natan Levy, Imam Muhammad Al Husseini and Salyas Minhas from the Hindu faith, also spoke, as did Kiyoshi Inoue, former young men's leader for the SGI-UK in North West London. All speakers stressed the importance of interfaith cooperation. Hester Enthoven, events and community fundraiser for Health Poverty Action, introduced the organization's work on maternal health in Sierra Leone.
Performers included Nikki Slade, a vocalist and kirtan leader (a singer who chants mantras), Jewish singer David Sudwarts, Buddhist indie singer and songwriter Sebastian Blake, Welsh dance and film duo Alys Hughes and Elly Strigner, folk singer Julie Helene Kvaerndrup, jazz vocalist Toni Green and Sufi quartet Silk Road.
Food provided by chefs from different countries was served during the interlude, including dishes from Poland, Italy, Japan, America and Angola. The event was also supported by Wholefoods in Camden who donated food and a raffle prize.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-UK; photos courtesy of Mitsu Sousa]
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