Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


The Rabbi in Islington, Mendy, regularly gives talks in Islington’s schools about Judaism and Jewish culture. And there he hears the same words: “I’ve never met a Jew before!” And sometimes: “I’ve never seen a Jew before!” Islington is a hugely diverse community in some ways, populated by people from many different countries, but there is very little knowledge about minority cultures.

When people don’t understand something, they shy away from it, or even fear it. That is not what Chabad wants for Islington. They know that knowledge of difference creates tolerance of difference. That’s why they want to bring the Islington community together for a fun, joyful, family day out, where everyone can learn and experience a new culture, connect with each other and get to know their local area better.

So they want to hold a Big Jewish Summer Fete, on Highbury Fields on Sunday 24 June 2018. They did it last year for the first time and 1,000 people came. In 2018, they want it to be bigger and better, with at least 1,500 people.

There will be klezmer, circle dancing, pita sabich (aubergine, egg and tahini) and TED style talks and Jewish comedy. There will be cultural activities for kids, from storytelling to candle making, as well as lots of local Islington services and businesses, like Arsenal in the Community.

They are also aiming to introduce an interfaith element, their dream is stand up comedy with a rabbi, an imam and a priest!

Feedback from the first year:

“It’s amazing, it’s brought community cohesion, communities together of all faiths and backgrounds, and it’s actually wonderful that people can learn about other faiths.” - Councillor Una O’Halloran, The Mayor of Islington

“What a fantastic use of Highbury Fields to bring the local Jewish community and all of our communities together.” - Councillor Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council

Chabad Lubavitch of Islington

Moment of Pride

I am so proud of Mendy and Hadasa for making this huge event happen. Anti-minority sentiment is rising in the UK and this is an opportunity for 1,500 people to have a really positive experience celebrating difference.

Location: London Borough of Islington, United Kingdom