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Published on December 2, 2014

L ast week, several members o the Mus- lim Jewish Forum o Greater Manchester and other members o the Mus- lim and Jewish communities in Manchester took part in a worldwide twinning event in which local Mosques were twinned with local Syna- gogues. This was organised internationally by the Foun- dation or Ethnic Under- standing. In Manchester this twin- ning took place between Manchester Reorm Syna- gogue on Jacksons Row in Central Manchester and Manchester Central Mosque in Victoria Park and was or- ganised by Forum Executive member, Cllr Rabnawaz Ak- bar together with Rabbi Re- uven Silverman. Jonny Wineberg, Forum Co-Chair, Rabbi Silverman, Louis Rapaport and Dr Mi- chael Taylor attended Friday prayers at the Manchester Central Mosque in Victoria Park. During his Friday ser- mon Imam Asim Hussain spoke about the true mean- ing o Jihad and that the real struggle in lie is going out to work and helping your am- ily. The ollowing day Cllr Rabnawaz Akbar, Imam Abdul Malik and Qadir Ah- mad joined other Forum Ex- ecutive members Heather Fletcher and Jackie Harri- son at the Shabbat morning service held at Manchester Reorm Synagogue. Rabbi Silverman gave an inspiring speech about his recent visit with other aith leaders to the EU Parliament and also spoke about the dangers o anti-Semitism and Islamo- phobia and the commonali- ties between the two aiths. Heather Fletcher stated “It was a wonderul initia- tive made possible by Cllr Akbar and Rabbi Silver- man. The Jewish congre- Asian LEADER 3 December - 16 December 2014 02 www.asianleader.co.uk (From left to right) Cllr Rabnawaz Akbar, Louis Rapaport, Michael Taylor, Imam Asim Hussain, Tahir Naeem , Jonny Wineberg, Rabbi Reuven Silverman R ochdale Bor- ough Council has launched a new scheme to help address the housing shortage during na- tional Empty Homes Week (1-5 December). The council has already brought 776 properties back into use in the last three years, reducing the number o long term empty proper- ties rom 1,819 to 1,043. And now they’re hoping that their new empty home loans will help the 3,000 peo- ple in the borough who are on the housing waiting list get a home. Previously under the scheme owners o empty houses have had the option to rent their property to a housing association, who then carry out any necessary repairs and reurbishments and fnd a tenant. The hous- ing association then recov- ers the cost o reurbish- ment and management ees rom the rental income and at the end o the lease pe- riod they hand the property back to the owner. Now, in addition to this option, property owners who think they could beneft rom the scheme but would like stay in ull control o any work can apply or a loan o up to £15,000 to reurbish the property themselves. Councillor Jacqui Bes- wick, Cabinet Member or Housing at Rochdale Bor- ough Council, said: “Every month our council ofcers have to go out and spend time boarding up the win- dows o empty properties which have been vandalised and this is something people living in that community shouldn’t have to put up with. Just as importantly, there is a chronic shortage o housing in this country. By making it easier or hom- eowners to bring their emp- ty properties back into use, we can tackle these issues and improve the quality o lie or our residents.” Anyone who owns a prop- erty which has been empty or a year or more can apply or the loans, which need to be paid back within three years. The frst year is interest ree, with interest rates or the second two years aver- aging around 3.75 per cent. Loan applicants need to contribute 20 per cent o the loan value themselves and their property must be oc- cupied 12 months ater the loan has been granted. The council will inspect the property to draw up a list o essential repairs which need to be completed as part o the loan agree- ment and will also suggest desirable works. Anyone who would like to know more about the scheme can email empty. properties@rochdale.gov.uk or phone 0300 303 8874. Rochdale Council unveils innovative new policy to tackle homes shortage gants made our Muslim riends eel very welcome at the service. This twinning event is very important as it shows an even greater willingness to work together and it must be re- peated next year.” Rabbi Silverman said “In my Shabbat address to the congregation I reerred to the warm welcome we received rom several o the two thousand worship- pers at the Manchester Central Mosque, and to the sermon by Imam Asim Hus- sain, a dynamic leader who completely dissociated himsel and his people rom Islamist extremism, and rejected any suggestion that so-called Islamic State was involved in a holy war. Combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as a joint project is stronger than conronting them sepa- rately.” Local mosque twinned with synagogue Keep warm stay safe this winter…. Electric Blanket Testing Faulty Electric blankets cause thousands o fres each year across Britain. Blankets more than ten years old present the greatest danger, but even i an electric blanket is much newer it should still be checked regularly. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are oering ree electric blanket testing On December 8th 2014 electric blankets can be brought to the fre station on Haliax Rd Hamer Rochdale between 10am – 2pm, all blankets will be tested or ree by a qualifed electrician. Community saety advisors will also be available on the day to oer a variety o advice on fre saety, along with other agencies oering advice or older people. Tea coee and mince pies will be served ree throughout the day.