About the IJA

Our Roots:

Over recent decades in the UK , members of the Indian and Jewish communities in Britain have developed close relations and an interest in each other's cultural heritage.

At two major seminars held during the 1980's, it was realised that the two communities can benefit from sharing their experiences as important minorities permanently settled in this country.

By 1995 it was felt that the links between Indians and Jews should be put on a more permanent basis and on 28 April 1996 over fifty representatives from both communities established the Indian-Jewish Association UK (the Association).

Our Function:

The purpose of the Association is to draw together the most creative personalities in our two communities, to share thoughts and ideas on our contrasting cultural and historic experiences, and jointly forge new prescriptions for helping our communities maintain their vibrancy, whilst contributing positively to mainstream life in the UK.

The wider international agendas of both Indians and Jews are not the principal focus of the Association. Antipathy to third parties is not part of the exercise nor is the dialogue designed to concentrate purely on inter-faith religious issues. Rather, we look towards broadening social and communal ties.

Our Activity:

The Association has a programme of serious exchanges between Indian and Jewish professionals working in education, welfare, law, security matters, and between leading women in the respective communities.

Working committees have been set up to deal with legal and human rights issues, specifically with racial attacks and harassment; education concerns; security at places of worship and social and cultural centres; welfare concerns.

A separate group brings Indian and Jewish students together to deal with racial, communal and religious discrimination and harassment on university campuses.

Branches:

Branches of the Association have been established in Birmingham and Manchester.