Ark Space in Ealing

Ark Space was established in 1998 as a resource for the local community. It is an area for people of all genres in Ealing and the surrounding areas to perform their talents and express themselves.
Ark was founded by Yousif Naser and Dalal Al-Mufti.
Since the conception of Ark, dozens of cultural activities have taken place in the venue: art exhibitions, musical performances, poetry readings, art workshops, lectures and discussions.

A Soul Journey

Stories of the Mystics from the Sufi & Jewish traditions + drum rhythms
18 September 2008

Chana Yaffe, a Jewish storyteller from Jerusalem, & Rita Goolamhosen, a Sufi Moslem storyteller found themselves surprised at the striking similarity of many of the stories in their repertoires. "We were astonished" said Yaffe, "but we realized that we really shouldn't have been surprised at all."

She explained that religious stories reflect a view of the ideal world. And, she said, those blessed with a God consciousness generally share a common understanding of the ideal. So the two teamed up and this Thursday night they're offering Londoners a rare glimpse of Jewish – Moslem spiritual synthesis.

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Chana Sophia Yaffe Chana Sophia Yaffe weaves a tapestry of nurturing spiritual music with Jewish stories to create an inspiring presentation for audiences around the world.
"Chana enthralled us with stories both profound & entertaining", Justine Huxley, St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace - City of London
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Rita Goolamhosen Rita Goolamhossen is a former Religious Education teacher with an interest in comparative religion and interfaith work. She has been studying Sufism with Shaykh Taner Ansari of the Qadiri-Rifai order since initiation many years ago.
She gives weekly Sufi teachings and leads the Sufi meditation sessions in London. She follows the Sufi tradition of storytelling, which draws from stories and parables as part of the teachings.

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