Community groups rally together to save Bradford's historic synagogue

Chair of Bradford Synagogue Rudi Leavor and Bradford Council for Mosques Secretary Zulfi Karim

Chair of Bradford Synagogue Rudi Leavor and Bradford Council for Mosques Secretary Zulfi Karim

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Community groups in Bradford are rallying together in a bid to save the city’s last remaining synagogue.

Bradford Council for Mosques and other businesses and groups in the area are working together with the local authority to raise funds for the Bradford synagogue, to ensure the building remains a sacred space for future generations.

The Grade II listed building, in Bowland Street, Manningham, was originally founded in 1880 and is an example of Moorish Victorian Architecture, representing a history of the Jewish community in Bradford and surrounding areas.

Zulfi Karim, secretary of Bradford Council for Mosques said: “In Bradford we are working hard to bring people of different faiths together, and to support one another as good neighbours.

“We are delighted by the way people have rallied to save the Bradford Synagogue, which is not only a work of art in itself, but represents so much in the way of Bradford’s heritage, faith and culture.”

There has been a strong Jewish community in Bradford since the early 19th century.

At the height of the city’s wool and textile boom many Jewish people came from Europe to settle in Bradford. In recent years the Jewish community in Bradford has been in decline, and the synagogue has been under threat of closure because of a lack of funds.

Chair of the Bradford Synagogue, Rudi Leavor, said: “The contribution of immigrants to this region has been outstanding, and the current wave has followed in that tradition of mutual help, communal involvement and harmony.

“We are all working together to save the synagogue with the help of the local authority.”

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