Support for The Markaz

The Barnet Multi Faith Forum (BMFF) together with other partner organisations in Barnet wish to restate our position of support for the planning application submitted by the Markaz el Tathgeef Community located at the Hippodrome, Golders Green.

Despite frustration, delay, and opposition from those seeking to divide communities the trustees and members of the Markaz have unwaveringly reached out to its neighbours with an open-door public policy of events and social action initiatives that have both enhanced community cohesion and the environment.

They have at all times attempted to fulfil all the requirements placed upon them and have maintained their integrity and faith in the planning process which will allow them to continue operating as a place of worship as defined in the original 2007 application. This was the basis on which the premises were originally purchased by the centre’s trustees.

Barnet has a proud and long history of welcoming new neighbours into our borough, who in turn have added to its diversity and prosperity. In our view, the Markaz has already shown its commitment to enhancing the unique character of Golders Green and Barnet and its willingness to play its part in future developments.

We have faith and trust that the planning process will take notice of these positive declarations of support which will aid the building of relationships across communities to make a safer, more caring, Barnet.

To find out more and support The Markaz visit www.loveoverhatebarnet.com

You can send an email of support from the homepage of this website.

SAFE – Home Office Security Survey

Following the horrific terrorist attacks on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the then Home Secretary announced a range of projects to strengthen the safety of faith communities, including a new faith security training scheme, and uplifting the funding for the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme to £3.2 million in 2020/21.

The Home Office understands that there is an important balance to be struck between worshipping openly and without fear and having security measure to protect worshippers. They are launching a research exercise to better support faith institutions to be a safe and welcoming place for worship and are asking for views and opinions on safety, security and counter terrorism within faith institutions.

The link to the survey is https://www.plus4.co.uk/faith-governmentsurvey.

The survey will be closed to responses at the end of February.

Prior knowledge of security is not required but respondents do need to be able to answer on behalf of their faith organisation i.e. be a Faith Leader, Trustee, or other senior decision-maker for the organisation.

 

Request your COVID Vaccination @ SBWA Centre in Barnet

We are pleased to inform you that the SBWA are bringing the Covid-19 Vaccination at your centre to make the whole process easy and hassle-free.

Please complete this brief form, our multi-lingual staff and volunteers will contact you by text or phone to arrange an appointment.

Please note, we are currently only able to vaccinate those 50 years and above, Health & Social care Workers and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, you will be turned away if you do not meet these criteria.

For more information please contact us on:
Mob: +44 7932 533686
Email: vaccine@sbwa.org.uk

BMFF statement regarding the Jewish Community Wedding in Stamford Hill

“Barnet Multi Faith Forum condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprehensible flouting of the law by some individuals  belonging to an Orthodox Jewish sect in Stamford Hill.  In holding a wedding from which lives could be lost and by ignoring the dangers of a highly transmissible strain of Covid 19, this defiles Jewish law of respecting life above all else.”

Esmond Rosen 
President  Barnet Multi Faith Forum 

Covid-19: Stay safe in Barnet