SIR - Referring to the article 'City's synagogue saved by a united community' (T&A August 16) it was truly heartening to read about the coming together of individuals from different faiths and their determination to preserve the life of the Bradford Synagogue in Manningham for future generations.

I love buildings of architectural beauty and am often dismayed when they, as is often the case, become targets for vandalism or become dilapidated in appearance.

As the article says, the synagogue has a rich history that all Bradfordians should be aware of.

Richard Stroud's great grandfather, Joseph Strauss, was the founding rabbi of Bradford's only remaining synagogue. What he said I found very poignant, given the current climate of the world: "The press thrives on extremism, on things that divide communities. But Bradford was built by people who came here from different parts of the world. We are united by similar views, not divided".

He echoes the sentiments expressed by the late MP, Jo Cox.

I hope that the wider community and its people can come together in order that this unique building can be an active place once again, that shines a light upon people's lives and the world.

Stephen Hetherington, Thirlmere Grove, Baildon